News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • Estimates for this year’s Douglas County wheat crop are for 3 million bushels. Price at Waterville is now $1.99 for bulk and $2.08 for sack.
  • A.E. McLean just completed a modern eight-room house on his ranch north of Mansfield.
  • Clyde A. Ham of Brewster has enlisted in the Army and will be leaving for Fort Lawton.


50 years ago — 1968

  • A basalt pillar about 15 feet tall with aluminum or bronze wings on top will mark the landing point in Douglas County of trans-Pacific aviators Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon. An artist’s concept of the memorial was unveiled by designer Walter Graham of Wenatchee during a meeting Thursday of the Heritage Committee.
  • U.S. Sen. Henry Jackson, D-Wash., will be the featured speaker at the formal dedication of Wells Dam on Sept. 7, according to Douglas County PUD Commission President Howard Prey. Wells Dam, located at Azwell, is one of the last hydroelectric projects on the Columbia River.
  • A Pennsylvania farmer who lost his place because of a long illness headed west for California 25 years ago. Along the way, he traveled through Washington state and stopped in Palisades to visit relatives. Milton Shirk, 82, still hasn’t resumed his trip. He lives a contented existence in a tiny cabin opposite the Palisades store.


25 years ago — 1993

  • Beverly Jagla, principal of Grant Elementary School, has been selected as the new assistant superintendent of the Eastmont School District. Jagla has been principal of Grant School for 12 years. She will replace Maryann Johnson, who left the district position after 10 years to take an administrative job with the South Kitsap School District in Port Orchard.


10 years ago — 2008

  • The Douglas County Empire Press has been sold to World Publishing Company in Wenatchee. Gretchen Woods, sister of Wenatchee World Publisher Rufus Woods, will serve as editor of the weekly and Shauna Lee will be its business manager. “We’re excited to keep the tradition of independent newspapering alive in North Central Washington,” said Rufus Woods. “We appreciate the hard work and energy that Mike and Donna Cassidy have put into the Empire Press and plan to continue publishing the paper in much the same fashion.” Empire Press Publisher Donna Cassidy said, “This is a bittersweet transaction. I have owned for almost nine years, but it is time for new people to pump new energy into the Empire Press.” Cassidy and her husband Mike purchased the Empire Press in December 1999. At the time, the weekly newspaper, which can trace its roots back to 1888, was just a week or two from closing up shop due to health issues of the previous owner. Cassidy said she intends to devote more time to her first grandchild and to The Good Life, a local monthly magazine she and Mike founded last year with Jim and Jean Senst.
  • As the school year begins, four new faculty and staff members will join the team at Waterville schools. Melissa Flaget will teach sixth grade, with former sixth grade teacher Angie Deishl teaching fifth grade. Roxcy Allen will fill the part-time home economics position. Laurie Riley will serve as school nurse, and Nimfa Parcells will serve as head cook.
  • Bluegrass music filled Waterville’s Blue Rooster Bakery Saturday. Junior Hattabaugh and Ken Willms were the musicians.