News From Our Past

From the pages of The Wenatchee (Daily) World and the Douglas County Empire Press


100 years ago — 1918

  • The Presbyterian and Christian churches in Waterville have agreed to consolidate and hold a combined service for the duration of the war. Rev. J.A. Longston, who has been pastor of the Christian Church, will be pastor for the consolidated service.
  • Six area men enlisted in the Army this past week including two from Waterville. They are Lloyd L. Lake of Leavenworth; Mervin W. Hoyle, Nevelle H. McHenry and Leslie G. Spaulding of Wenatchee; and Chester M. Armour and Warren Dayers of Waterville.

50 years ago — 1968

  • Mrs. Hubert Reeve of Brewster was among 10 volunteer 4-H leaders “tapped” for membership in Mu Beta Beta, a 4-H honorary society. The announcement came during the annual state 4-H conference on the Washington State University campus in Pullman.
  • New officers for the Orondo Garden Club were recently installed. They are Mrs. Grady Auvil, president; Mrs. Jim Whitbeck, vice president; and Mrs. Harry Fenton, secretary-treasurer.
  • Horace Bozarth, a longtime Douglas County Grange member, was re-elected to the executive board of the state Grange at the organization’s convention last week in Spokane. Bozarth, who has been on the board for 24 years, was re-elected for his ninth three-year term.

25 years ago — 1993

  • Gov. Mike Lowry said Wednesday he hopes to have a new Washington State Department of Agriculture director named by the end of August and that he is looking for an Eastern Washington farmer. Although he was not prepared to release a list of candidates, he said he is leaning toward those who were considered before Okanogan County rancher Peter Goldmark resigned from the post last week.
  • Nikki Lillquist of Mansfield has been listed on the President’s Honor Roll for the spring semester at Washington State University.

10 years ago — 2008

  • North Cascades National Bank recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of its merger with Mid-State Bank.
  • Members of the Badger Mountain Ski Hill recently gathered to elect officers for the coming year. They are Chad Clements, president; Miles Deishl, vice president; Jacque Clements, secretary; and Anne Lewis, treasurer. The group also elected seven new board members. They are Dale Loebsack, Ryan Ashley, Mike Grande, Kevin Schmidt, Steve Hickman, Gordon Edgar and Boyd Petersen.
  • A backhoe was at Waterville school last week to begin work on the south entry and basement of the school. A new set of stairs will be put in to the basement and the roof will be extended to cover the entrance to the building. Superintendent Ray Reid said that the project, which is funded by a state grant, should be completed by the first week of September.
  • The Waterville Tree Board named the yard at the home of Lanse and Paulette Whitehall, 408 E. Ash St., as Yard of the Month for June.
  • A community garage sale was held Sunday in Pioneer Park. The sale was a fundraiser for Waterville students planning to travel to Washington, D.C., next spring. Tabatha Mires, who is working to organize the trip and the fundraising, said that $1,618 was made at the garage sale, raising the total funds collected for the trip so far to over $7,000.
  • Jenny Wright, a 2004 graduate of Waterville High School, was among 400,000 people attending World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia.