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. G.A. Virtue of Palisades spent Thursday as guests at the Wenatchee Hotel.
  • M.E. Martin of Palisades is visiting at his old home in Sturgis, Kentucky.
  • Charles Walmer and Alieo Cumbo, both of Waterville, were married Friday morning by Rev. H.E. Hobart at his home. The couple own a large wheat ranch.


50 years ago — 1968

  • Mr. and Mrs. Chester Keele of Rock Island will observe their 50th wedding anniversary at a party Sunday at Memorial Hall. The Keeles have lived in the valley since 1938.
  • Several North Central Washington residents were grand champion display winners in the Chief Joseph Gem and Mineral Club’s collectors show held recently in Brewster. They were Bud ShullRoxanne Shull, Horace Smith and Glen Craig, all of Brewster; Howard Norman of Okanogan; Wayne Burk of Tonasket; and Alice Yeager and  Vernon Maw, both of Mansfield.


25 years ago — 1993

  • The Douglas County Planning Commission will decide Thursday whether to recommend approval for a 527-acre golf and housing development north of Grant Road across from Pangborn Memorial Airport. The commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in the District Court room of the Douglas County Annex in East Wenatchee.
  • The 39th annual convention of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers will be held next Friday through Sunday at the Sheraton Hotel in Spokane. Scheduled to speak are House Speaker Tom Foley, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy, Gov. Mike Lowry and Washington State University President Sam Smith.


10 years ago — 2008

  • Though he did not bring any snow with him, Frosty the Snowman turned out as usual this week for the annual Waterville Christmas tree lighting next to Pioneer Park. Frosty handed out treat bags for the children, courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Dick Steinburg said that close to 120 bags were given out. The Waterville High School Choir, directed by Will Chisholm, sang carols and free refreshments were provided by Dave and Marvel Mires of Wishbone Catering.
  • There may not have been snow for Waterville’s Christmas tree lighting, but the fluffy white stuff finally made an appearance on the plateau on Dec. 12. Fifth-grader Tyler Tollackson is shown giving his first grade sister, Ally, a ride in the snow. Fifth graders McKaylin Gormley, Julia Hinderer and Kelsey Browning were also shown making snow caves in the park.
  • A chili feed and marshmallow roast followed by Christmas carols sung around the antique pump organ at the Douglas Church will all be part of the annual Douglas Christmas Celebration on Dec. 13. In addition to the chili, the Douglas Community Historical Association will provide prime rib. Guests may bring a salad or dessert if they wish. Santa is also scheduled to arrive with surprises for the kids. This is an opportunity for families to get together for a fun evening and share in the traditions of Christmas.
  • Waterville School held its fall sports banquet this week. Receiving honors for the football team were Chris Calleson, most valuable; Garret Thomsen, most improved; and Steve Kesterson, most inspirational. The most inspirational cheerleading award went to Kourtnee Wolf.
  • Kindergarteners Alex Poppie, Tasha Schoenberg, Emily Thomsen and Brooke Willms, singing “Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” were among the performers at the annual Waterville Holiday Music Concert on Dec. 10.