News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • Douglas County men have been called to military duty and are scheduled to leave for Camp Worden next week. They are William James Weir, Charles Frank Lattimer, Benjamin Van Eaton, Alonza Floyd, Harry S. Wolf, John Elmer Thoren, Fred Keaney Gibbons, Charles Homer Stiles and Roscoe Ashby.
  • Frank Dahlke and family and William Dahlke of Waterville spent Sunday at the Carl Dahlke home.


50 years ago — 1968

  • Douglas County schools registered a total gain of 54 students for Oct. 1 compared to one year before, according to county School Superintendent Florence Dahlke. The total is 4,472 compared to 4,418 the year earlier. Up were Orondo, from 80 to 88; Eastmont, 3,368 to 3,434; Mansfield, 143 to 150; and Waterville, 361 to 372. Down were Bridgeport, 410 from 445; and Palisades, 18 from 21.
  • Charles Hinde, an East Wenatchee student at Washington State University, has been named to a staff position with KWSC radio.


25 years ago — 1993

  • Roby Palmer of Bridgeport is the grand prize winner in the KAYU-FOX 28 Kids Club summer reading contest. The Wenatchee World, The Spokesman-Review in Spokane and The Lewiston Morning Tribune in Lewiston, Idaho, worked with the TV station in publishing excerpts from two stories for children on Sundays. The 11-year-old won a trip for four to Universal Studios in California. His entry was chosen at random from all entries received. The drawing was the grand finale to the summer reading contest in which children read Kids Club story excerpts from newspapers with their parents.


10 years ago — 2008

  • One of the items at this year’s Badger Mountain Ski Hill Gala auction won’t be sitting on a table. She is Apex, a 14-week-old purebred golden retriever donated by Coulee Country Kennels in Coulee City. While she waits for the Nov. 22 event, Apex is staying with gala chairwoman Windy Osborne and her family. Osborne said that Apex has a retail value of $700, but she is not yet sure what the dog’s opening bid will start at. Osborne said there has been lots of community support for the auction and donations have been strong. Some of the other auction items that Osborne mentioned are ski equipment, lift tickets and a three-month membership to Gold’s Gym. The gala will be held at the NCW Fairgrounds Community Hall.
  • This year’s town council budget cover contest winners have been decided. All of the students in Waterville’s second grade class were asked to draw a picture of something they like about Waterville. Residents voted Ali Mires‘ picture for first place, and Tayen Myrbo’s picture for second place. Mires’ picture of town hall will be placed on the budget cover. Myrbo’s picture of the pool park will be on the section divider. Both girls were awarded T-shirts with their drawings printed on them and certificates.
  • Eleven Waterville middle and high school students traveled to Eastmont High School Oct. 29 for the North Central Washington Music Educators Association Honor Festival. The students are members of Waterville’s band or choir. They spent the day rehearsing with other young musicians and then performed in a concert that evening. “What was really impressive about it was how the students were able to rise to the occasion,” music teacher Will Chisholm said.