News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • L.T. Milner, a prominent rancher in Waterville, was in Wenatchee Saturday evening.
  • J.M. Stoddard and E.M. Fritts of Waterville were visitors at Mansfield Tuesday afternoon.
  • The Women’s Missionary Society of the Christian Church in Mansfield held an outing Thursday at Grimes Lake.
  • C. Richardson is kept busy at the Winesap ferry. Fruit from the Douglas County side is being crossed by the truckload.

50 years ago — 1968

  • Brewster Mayor Howard Gamble has appointed a committee to approach Gov. Daniel J. Evans on issues concerning the Brewster Bridge. Committee members, in addition to Gamble, are George Chapman, Howard Pryor, Leonard Therriault, Cliff Davis, Jack Kirk and Elmo Cook.
  • A $527,820 Main Street improvement proposed for East Wenatchee has been submitted to the State Urban Arterial Board. Mayor Forrest Lannoye said the plan, approved Aug. 5 by the town council, was taken up with property owners of the area from 9th Street to Grant Road and now looks to be feasible.

25 years ago — 1993

  • East Wenatchee is considering joining Chelan County and its five cities as they head down a separate path from Douglas County on solid waste planning. Such a move could make Douglas County’s solid waste planning more difficult and could boost costs even more for those agencies left, said Ron Draggoo, Douglas County solid waste coordinator. It would leave Douglas County, Mansfield, Waterville and Rock Island in the countywide effort.

10 years ago — 2008

  • Children and grandchildren of Gert Snyder put on a party Sept. 14 at the Federated Church in Waterville to celebrate Snyder’s 80th birthday. Snyder and her twin sister Liz Gormley were born in Sherwood, Okla., on Sept. 10, 1928. Their family moved to Carlton when they were 12 and later settled in Chelan. Snyder met her husband Harold while in high school and they married in 1948. She began to work in the Douglas County Assessor’s Office in 1966. In 1981, the current assessor retired and Snyder decided to run for the position. She was elected and served from 1982-1990. After retiring as assessor, Snyder baked bread for the school lunchroom. A position on the town council opened about six years ago and she decided to run. She is now in her second term on the council. Snyder also serves as vice president of the Waterville Chamber of Commerce and volunteers regularly at the school. Sons Harry, Tom and Dale and their wives and children organized the party and served homemade soups, sandwiches and pickles for the event.
  • More than 40 years ago, members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Douglas and the American Lutheran Church in Waterville voted to merge their congregations and build a common modern building within Waterville. Money was donated, property was purchased and an architect and two overseers were hired for the project. Church members themselves provided the labor. The project lasted two years and was completed in 1968. The church is called United Lutheran Church. On Oct. 12, the church will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the completion of the building. As part of the celebration, former pastors are being invited to attend. During the celebration, memories of the construction of the church and of the life of the building over the last 40 years will be shared.