News From Our Past

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

100 years ago — 1918

  • The sale of state land in Waterville this morning resulted in the disposal of a half-dozen tracts which generally brought the appraised value. The sale was conducted by the county auditor. The sales included: Northwest quarter of Section 3, Township 27, Range 24 to William Cornehl for $1,588.70; Southwest quarter of the same tract to William Cornehl for $2,700; Northeast quarter of Section 28, Township 29, Range 27 to G.F. Heydlauff for $4,000; and Southeast quarter of Section 36, Township 27, Range 24 to Webster Frier for $900.
  • A new Holt tractor was unloaded in Withrow this week for Walter Nollmeyer and Albert Preugschat.

50 years ago — 1968

  • Patrick F. O’Day, a 58-year-old employee at Chief Joseph Dam, is shown at the dam’s park easily rolling a picnic table about single-handed. He is using a device which he invented. O’Day received a Department of the Army invention certificate, a $75 cash award, and a U.S. patent for his work.
  • At a recent meeting of the Douglas County commissioners, two requests for county roads to tracts now inaccessible by road were referred to the county engineer. One, by Ed Janz of East Wenatchee, was for access from the state highway to a proposed race track one mile south of Rock Island Dam. The other, by Carl and Paul Duffy of Pateros, was for a road into land they own on the riverbank opposite Pateros.

25 years ago — 1993

  • Waterville High School varsity girls basketball coach Don Koch and varsity boys assistant Jim Evans will provide instruction for the Shocker basketball camp which runs Monday through Thursday.
  • Near-record yields per acre will help push the nation’s winter wheat harvest up 14 percent from last year, the Agriculture Department says. In its latest forecast, the department estimated Thursday that this year’s harvest would reach 1.82 billion bushes, up 14 percent from the 1992 crop and 1 percent above the forest of a month ago. Farmers harvested 1.61 billion bushels in 1992.

10 years ago — 2008

  • Herman Eggers married Maria “Mary” Prange on Dec. 22, 1919, after meeting on her family’s ranch in Farmer. On Aug. 2, the Eggers family of Waterville celebrated their first ever family reunion gathering at the Douglas Store Campground. Thirty-one people attended the reunion. Cousins came from Spokane, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, East Wenatchee and Waterville. The group included Herman and Mary’s three children, Doris, Irene and Lawrence, their families and the family of their late brother, Clarence. The potluck style barbecue was at 4 p.m., with the meat provided by Lyle Eggers, the youngest of Herman and Mary’s grandchildren. The cousins all agreed that this would be a new tradition and that next year, hopefully, more of the family would be able to attend.
  • Emerson Drive, a Canadian country music act, will headline the grandstand show at the NCW District Fair on Aug. 22.
  • Sterling Savings Bank employees Jenny Wright, Amanda Piercy and Karen Gregory are shown in the Aug. 14 issue of Empire Press next to the “Cart from the Heart,” with some school supplies that have been collected. The bank is collecting the supplies to donate to the Waterville School District for its students.