News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • Mr. and Mrs. Chester Tupper of Brewster leave Monday for Idaho.
  • A deal was completed recently by which the entire stock of the Three Rule Store in Waterville was taken over by the firm of Powell & Co. of Wenatchee. The stock of goods is all new and fresh as the Waterville store has only been in business about two years. Owners Charles Albrich and B.C. MacKenna had built up a fine trade by progressive merchandising methods. The store in Waterville will close and the stock will be brought to the Wenatchee store where it will be disposed of in a special sale.


50 years ago — 1968

  • The E-Ko-Le-La Camp Fire group of East Wenatchee recently elected officers. They are Cindy Loudon, president; Chris Rairdon, vice president; Christina Gehrlein, secretary; Kristie Tedford, treasurer; and Lisa Cyscewski, scribe.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Public Roads has approved 100 percent federal financing for the reconstruction of the Brewster Bridge, destroyed by fire on Aug. 5, it was announced this week. Emergency ferry service across the Columbia River at Brewster has been provided from state funds.


25 years ago — 1993

  • The proposed golf community, dubbed ”Breathless Ridge” by its planners, would feature an 18-hole golf course, 9-hole executive course, driving range, practice facilities, a 6,000-square-foot clubhouse, 80 single-family homes, 220 multifamily units and an industrial business park. The project would be designed as a recreational and employment-based community (people living there who work there), with pedestrian and bike trails connecting the golf course, residential areas and industrial park, planners said. Pacific Golf Development Inc. of Lynnwood is developing the project and has an agreement to buy the property from George Batterman Estates if it is approved.


10 years ago — 2008

  • The Waterville “Super Shock” Lego Robotics team attended regional competition in Spokane on Dec. 6. The team members not only gained experience for their first year, but they placed first for the research project and presentation portion of the competition. This lands them a place at the state competition in Bellevue this coming weekend. On the team are Nik Robinson, Miles Mittelstaedt, Jake Boswell and Ben Snyder.
  • The Waterville Shocker basketball teams are set for the North Central Washington 2B League season. For the boys, Jody Flaget returns for his second year as coach. Returning starters are Chris Callesen (guard, 5-8, sr., 9.4 ppg); Javier Vieyra (guard, 5-6, jr., 6.7 ppg); Eduardo Rosiles (guard, 5-8, sr., 4.1 ppg); and Jose Capi (post, 5-10, sr., 2.1 ppg). For the girls, Eric Biggar returns for his second year as coach. Returning starters are Valerie Loebsack (post, 5-10, sr., 6.9 ppg); Kayla Simmons (post, 5-10, sr., 6.5 ppg); and Carlee Biggar (guard, 5-7, sr., 7.7 ppg).
  • Douglas County is planning to reduce its snowplowing in rural areas next year to help balance the budget. Under the proposed plan, snowplows would not begin clearing roads in Waterville, Mansfield and other areas on Badger Mountain until 6 a.m. on snow days, said County Engineer Doug Bramlette. In the past, a supervisor would go out at 4 a.m. or even sooner to check road conditions, and plow drivers could start soon after if the snow was deep enough.