News From Our Past

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

100 years ago — 1918

  • The many friends of Valentine Ayers are glad to see her return home to Withrow from Waterville having recovered from a recent accident.
  • George W. Gurnaud of Wenatchee and Lois Imus of Waterville were married yesterday by Rev. Frank E. Beatty.
  • J.W. Geissler of Brewster leaves the first of the week for Seattle to resume work in the shipyards.


50 years ago — 1968

  • The Douglas County Cowbelles annual meeting Dec. 6 at the Mansfield Grange Hall included a program arranged by Mrs. David Peterson. A musical trio composed of Mrs. Leo Mayers and Mrs. Russell Hunt, both of Ephrata, and George Murison of Mansfield entertained the cattlemen and Cowbelle members with several lively numbers.
  • Steve Till was elected vice president of the Waterville Chamber of Commerce Tuesday and Mrs. Larry Whitehall was chosen secretary. A nominee for the president position for 1969 has not yet been lined up, outgoing President Jim Crial said today.


25 years ago — 1993

  • Brewster American Legion Post is sponsoring a no-host awards dinner Saturday in honor of Police Officer Jerry Neumann. Neumann, 27, is singled out for recognition after having rescued a 4-year-old girl Sept. 2 from a a mobile home fully engulfed in flames. Mayor Bonnie House will present a commendation and plaque of appreciation to Neumann.
  • Charlene Williams, 17-year-old daughter of Dan and Maria Williams of East Wenatchee, is a state finalist in the Miss American Coed Pageant, set for July 15-16 at the Everett Pacific Hotel.


10 years ago — 2008

  • A community Christmas variety show was held Sunday in Waterville for the second year. The show was organized by Federated Church Pastor Sheila Miranda, with participation from all three local churches and some other area churches. Miranda said that in the past the community has held other Christmas programs including cantatas and musicals. “One thing I like about the variety show is that it draws people from all churches, different music styles and all ages,” she said. This year’s program opened with trumpet fanfare to “Joy to the World,” played by recent Waterville graduates Bryan Thomsen and Andrew Pickett. Then students from Waterville Preschool took to the stage to sing “Away in a Manger,” and a fun children’s song. Terry Conners and Dean Hamilton sang, “I Wonder as I Wander” to the accompaniment of Sheila Miranda on piano and David Miranda on flute. Then it was time for the young voices of Waterville to perform. Fifth-grader Ben Snyder sang “Mary’s Little Boy Child” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” He was accompanied by Mark Clark and Wyatt Heiserman on guitar. The Federated Church Sunday School children of all ages then sang “Sing Noel,” with both words and movement. Then it was time for a story. Lutheran Pastor Larry Lystig read the Christmas story to those gathered. Up next, Nona Haberman and her son John and daughter-in-law Anne sang “People Look East.” Tom Petersen and Ken Willms also brought out their guitars and sang, “Home by Another Way.” The finale was performed by the Waterville Community Choir, made up of members of the Federated Church, the Lutheran Church and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Following the program, refreshments were provided by the Federated Church Women’s Ministries.