News From Our Past

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

100 years ago — 1918

  • G.F. Green, owner of the Brewster-Bridgeport telephone exchange, has sold the system to Milburn Alexander of Brewster. Green is moving to Ripon, Calif., where he has purchased another telephone exchange.
  • A.A. Bousquet has been hunting up the Entiat for the past few days.
  • Mr. and Mrs. S.M. Murphy and J.T. Musser of Leahy were visitors in Withrow Tuesday.

50 years ago — 1968

  • United Lutheran Church in Waterville was dedicated in special observances on Oct. 6. James Jaeger, a former pastor and now a chaplain at Children’s Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle, was a special guest speaker during a 10 a.m. service. Then, Pastor Judson Crary, assistant to the North Pacific District president of the American Lutheran Church, presided at a dedication service. The new church represents the final step in the unification of two parishes, originally the American Lutheran Church of Waterville and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Douglas. The union first started back in 1961 when the two groups formed a united ministry under the appropriate name of United Lutheran.

25 years ago — 1993

  • Eastmont High School’s Drama Club is ready for its fall and winter productions, director Sherry Schreck reported today. The shows are Joseph Kesserling’s ”Arsenic and Old Lace,” set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-20, and Barbara Robinson’s ”The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” to play Dec. 16-18 and Dec. 20-22. Schreck said the ”Arsenic” cast will feature senior Shelly Baker in the lead role of Martha Brewster. Cast in the lead roles of ”The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” are Stephanie Neel as Imogene Herdman, Leah Fox as the mother who attempts to conduct the pageant, and Jacob Crouch as the amiable father.

10 years ago — 2008

  • Light rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of about 100 people who came to Trinity United Methodist Church in East Wenatchee on Nov. 1 for the third annual harvest festival. Michelle McNiel, wife of Pastor Michael McNiel, organized the festival. The church got the idea of launching pumpkins as part of the festivities from a United Church of Christ congregation in Bellingham. Dan Douglas of East Wenatchee designed the launcher. McNiel said the festival also included a cider press, games and races for kids, a hot dog lunch, a marshmallow roast and tractor rides.
  • As per tradition, preschoolers in the form of fairies and superheroes trick-or-treated on Waterville’s main street on Halloween morning. Among the participants shown in the Nov. 6 issue of Empire Press were Elsie Munson, 3; Jack Katovich, 4; Ryan Bennett, 5; Bailey Viebrock, 4; Ella Osborne, 4; and Chloe Johnson, 4.
  • Things are about to get a lot quieter at Waterville’s own little ski hill on Badger Mountain. The ski area’s main access rope tow — the B-tow — has been converted from gas to electricity, making for a much quieter ride to the top. The B-tow has been powered by gas ever since it was installed on the hill 64 years ago. In other changes, Dale and Kathy Loebsack, who served as president and secretary of the Badger Mountain Ski Hill Club for the past 15 years, have stepped down but will stay around as advisers. Chad and Jackie Clements have taken over the president and secretary positions.