News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • Ed Nicesse of Omak passed through Leahy last week with a herd of 175 cattle which he was taking to Yakima for the winter.
  • George Crane and J.M. Foster have been selected as delegates to represent Brewster at the grade and pack convention to be held in Spokane.

50 years ago — 1968

  • The newly organized Eastmont Baptist Church congregation recently welcomed its first pastor. He is Rev. Lawton Griffith, who formerly was pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Brewster.
  • A perpetual lease of about four acres of Pine Canyon land for a county tourist park about three miles east of Orondo was accepted Monday by Douglas County commissioners. The land was made available for park purposes for $1 by Carroll Weaver, an Orondo area landowner.

25 years ago — 1993

  • The Eastmont High School Drama Club is presenting ”Arsenic and Old Lace” in the EHS auditorium. Shelly Baker, Alison Essinger, Russell Sparks and John Brett are among those in leading roles. Sherry Schreck directs.
  • Kristin Sherrill, an Eastmont High School graduate and a freshman at the University of Washington, set a women’s swimming team meet record of 53.43 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle in a dual meet at Pacific Lutheran University. She also finished first in a meet at Puget Sound and anchored two 400-relay victories for the Huskies, one in meet-record time.

10 years ago — 2008

  • Old St. Nick made his appearance at the fairgrounds for another Breakfast with Santa event, the annual fundraiser for the Waterville Preschool. The breakfast was provided by Dave and Marvel Mires of Wishbone Catering. Pictures were taken by Dwaine and Bobbi Schettler, former Waterville residents who travel from Spokane each year to donate their time. Preschool treasurer Jennie Munson said that the event took in $100 from pictures, $984 from the raffle and $958 from the breakfast. Preschool President Kim Katovich said, “We cannot thank everyone enough. Our children are so lucky to grow up in a community that values education.”
  • After a potluck dinner and a trip around town in the Amber Waves van, members of the Waterville Chamber of Commerce voted on the best decorated homes and businesses in town. First place for residential lighting went to Scott and Judy Rivers, who live on Ash Street near the Federated Church. The Rivers have a “Happy Holidays” sign that surrounds the front door, with large candy canes on either side. They also have a big star, a nativity scene, deer and bears. Second place for residential lighting went to Dave and Marvel Mires, who live on Third Street. The Mires decorations include Mr. and Mrs. Santa putting up lights. They also have decorated the bushes by their house. Tim and Terry Sampson, who live on West Poplar Street, took third place. For commercial windows and lighting, first place went to Mitchell’s Floral and Hardware. Decorations at Mitchell’s were arranged by employee Leslie Haynes. Second place for commercial went to Highway 2 Brew. Winners in the residential and commercial divisions were awarded cash prizes.
  • Waterville residents Cecil “Pat” and Maxine Patrick celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 11 at a luncheon in Wenatchee. The couple married in 1948 and spent over 40 years in the ministry, serving numerous small congregations in Washington and Oregon. They have lived in Waterville since 1989.