News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • All parts of North Central Washington were reached by a thunderstorm which swept across the state from the Pacific Coast last evening. The rain came after a long dry spell and was heartily welcomed by all, especially the wheat men.
  • O.M. McQuilken of Leahy made a business trip to Mansfield on Tuesday.
  • Nellie Hopewell and her family from Waterville stopped at the Elman Hotel in Wenatchee yesterday as they prepared to continue their travels east.


50 years ago — 1968

  • Shown in The Daily World standing by one of the large basalt rocks that dot their ranch, Velmor Thomsen and his son Leroy discuss a rangeland problem. The Dyer Hill pair were chosen Cattlemen of the Year by the Douglas County Cattlemen’s Association.
  • An overflow crowd at the Soap Lake Speedway Saturday saw the track record broken twice. Jim Matthiesen of Bridgeport broke his own lap record of 16.35 seconds with a 16.29-second clocking. That record only lasted until Don Osborn of Ellensburg wheeled his car onto the track and clicked off a 16.06-second lap.


25 years ago — 1993

  • Steve Lacy, a 1993 graduate of Eastmont High School, has been accepted to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He will be attending the university on a four-year Army ROTC scholarship. He plans to major in international relations and multinational management with a cross enrollment in the Wharton School of Business. His parents are Steve and Debra Lacy of East Wenatchee.
  • Former Wenatchee and Brewster resident Ronald Hannum has been named vice president with Nissan Motor Corp. USA in Gardena, Calif. Hannum will oversee Nissan’s Operations Support Group Division. He joined Nissan in 1981 after a 15-year career with the Ford Motor Co.


10 years ago — 2008

  • Army Pvt. Rachel M.E. Chowning has graduated from basic training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. She is a 2005 graduate of Eastmont High School.
  • The NCW District Fair, to be held next month, is in the final planning stages. “We are always looking for creative, fun-loving and service-minded people who will volunteer a few hours during the five days of the fair,” said Julie Osborne, assistant fair manager. “Right now we need people to assist checking in exhibits on Wednesday, Aug. 20. We also want people who can be fair ambassadors.”
  • Waterville eighth-grader Marco Caballero still remembers that when he was in first grade, his teacher Stacey Northcott read favorite stories aloud to him and his classmates. She also helped them with their own reading. “I think if Mrs. Northcott never helped me out with my reading, I wouldn’t be able to read what I read now,” Caballero wrote in an essay for a statewide contest called “A Teacher to Remember.” Caballero’s essay took runner-up among all entrants in the contest which was sponsored by the Washington Education Association. Northcott is still teaching first grade at Waterville Elementary School.
  • Larry Lystig has become interim pastor at Waterville United Lutheran Church. He will remain at the church until a regular pastor is named early next year.
  • Lions District Governor David Wilding from Okanagan Falls, B.C., will make his official visitation to the Waterville Lions Club on Aug. 12.