News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • George Vradenburg, a former Seattle newspaperman and now one of the leading fruit ranchers of the Palisades, is enjoying a well-earned rest following the fall apple harvest.
  • A 60-mile-an-hour windstorm hit Palisades Sunday night. Some large trees were uprooted and temporary buildings were demolished but no other serious damage was reported.
  • S.J. Malone and family of Leahy were visitors to Mansfield on Tuesday.


50 years ago — 1968

  • Jack McGrath of Mansfield was re-elected president of the Douglas County 4-H organization during Saturday’s Achievement Day program. Others elected were Yvonne Poole of Mansfield, vice president; Paulette Madtson of Withrow, secretary; and Tina Thomsen of Mansfield, reporter.


25 years ago — 1993

  • In collegiate sports news, Elizabeth Fenner (Waterville-Mansfield) is the top returning scorer on the Seattle Pacific University women’s basketball team. Fenner, a 6-foot junior, averaged 10 points per game last season and earned second-team all-PacWest honors.
  • Jill Morris of Waterville has earned an undergraduate degree in range management from Washington State University.
  • Alice Hill of Central Washington Grain Growers Inc. will be honored at a retirement party from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Waterville office. She retires after nearly 43 years. She began work in 1951, when the company was known as the Waterville Union Grain Co.


10 years ago — 2008

  • Waterville area residents can wish their friends and neighbors a holiday greeting when they make a donation to the Waterville Takes Action project. Individual, family or business names will be listed on one of the community greeting cards displayed downtown. The donations will be used to buy perennials and summer flowers for the pods lining the highway into town and for the planters along the main street area.
  • Though numbers are not yet available, this year’s Badger Mountain Ski Hill Gala appears to be an overwhelming success. The gala, which was held at the NCW Fairgrounds on Nov. 22, was chaired by Windy Osborne along with a committee of nine that helped with advertising, decorations and other duties. One hundred and ninety people attended the event, up significantly from last year. The dinner was catered by Teresa Ruud of Checkered Tablecloth. Osborne said that raffle items were many and varied and included two dogs, NASCAR tickets, weekend vacations, a rafting trip, ski equipment, a homemade bucket fountain, hunting trips and snowboarding lessons. Money taken in at the gala helps to support the operation of the ski hill.
  • The Bridgeport School District Board of Directors has been named a 2008 Board of the Year by the Washington State School Directors Association. Three school boards in the state were recognized for demonstrating outstanding efforts and accomplishments in promoting student achievement. The awards, which included a gift of $500 from the Washington State School Board Educational Foundation, were presented to a small, medium and large school district. The Bridgeport board was recipient in the small district category. The honors were made Friday during the association’s annual conference in Spokane. Members of Bridgeport’s board are Justin Avenell, Rick Halterman, Esiquio Martinez, Jacque Workman and Tracy Zahn. Bridgeport superintendent is Gene Schmidt.
  • Kayla Simmons was named to the North Central Washington B all-league volleyball first team. Desarae Trevino was named to the second team, and Valerie Loebsack and Carlee Biggar were given honorable mention.