News from Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • Alva N. Barber of Waterville recently enlisted in the Army.
  • Dalton Blake, son of Dr. and Mrs. J.H. Blake, has accepted a position with the Waterville Garage and left yesterday for the Big Bend to begin work.
  • Rev. Derifield of Wilbur has accepted the pastorate of the Christian Church at Mansfield.
  • J.C. Zimmerman of Eau Claire, Wis., has purchased the Walling Barber Shop at Mansfield.


50 years ago — 1968

  • Dr. John O. Ruud, who recently completed a two-year residency at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, has opened his office for the practice of periodontics at the Eye and Ear Hospital in Wenatchee. Ruud was born in Waterville and graduated from high school there in 1948.
  • The city of Brewster may install a sprinkler system to control fires at the city dump grounds where at least four or five fires start each year. Mayor Howard Gamble said that a well a short distance away would be used as a source of water.
  • Douglas County PUD commissioners approved a $96,700 change order Monday under which Douglas County Constructors will modify and repair the fish facilities at Wells Dam and remove debris. The work was needed from the high runoff last year and debris coming into the fish facilities during the Wells reservoir filling more than a year ago.


 25 years ago — 1993

  • Jim Kropf, Washington State University area extension agent for Douglas and Chelan counties, was honored July 1 at the annual field day of WSU’s Spillman Agronomy Farm. Kropf received the Kenneth J. Morrison Extension Award in Agronomy and Soils. The $400 cash award is presented annually to a WSU Extension faculty member who has made significant contributions to agronomic crop production and soil management in Washington. Kropf was recognized for his ”excellent, overall educational program,” said Clarence Peterson, WSU agronomist and chairman of the awards committee. Kropf, a Waterville resident, said he felt honored to receive the award named for Kenneth Morrison, a WSU extension agronomist from 1950 to 1987.


10 years ago — 2008

  • The town of Waterville received a “big check” for $15,000 from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development to help with the purchase of the town’s new backhoe. Mayor Royal DeVaney and Gert Snyder of the town council received the check from Jon DeVaney, director of USDA Rural Development-Washington State, during ceremonies Aug. 12. Doc Hastings, 4th District congressman, was also present for the event, as well as Trini Mayo, area director for USDA Rural Development-Wenatchee and Rose Running, community programs specialist for USDA Rural Development-Wenatchee.
  • Dave Mires of Wishbone Catering always thought that it would be a good idea to sell food at the grain silos during harvest time. “People do not fix hot lunches for their harvest crews anymore,” Mires’ wife Marvel said. The Mires’ grandson Brendon, 12, is one of several students planning on traveling to Washington, D.C. in the spring and the Mires thought this would be a good way to help him and other students raise money. The Mires bought food and brought their catering trailer out to the grain bins Aug. 13-14 to sell to those delivering loads of grain. Marvel Mires said that business was good, with about 125 burgers sold during the two days.