News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1919

  • J.B. Leahy has built an addition to his barn.
  • Olaf Berg visited friends at Leahy on Monday.
  • J.L. Goehry is now mayor at Brewster. Guy Greaves, H.M. Washburn, Leo Dale and Wilmer Woods are councilmen.


50 years ago — 1969

  • Strong rebounding sparked by Wade Troutman and sharp free throw shooting carried Bridgeport to a 70-53 victory over Waterville in basketball action Thursday at Bridgeport. With Troutman, John Bost, Glenn Hardie and Rick Fisk taking charge of the boards, Bridgeport grabbed the lead at the outset of the second quarter and never relinquished it.
  • Wilbur R. Conklin was honored as Conservation Farmer of the Year at a dinner held recently in Bridgeport. The event was a joint project of the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce and the Foster Creek Soil Conservation District.


 25 years ago — 1994

  • The Waterville boys’ basketball team has been thriving on a steady diet of 3-point goals lately. However, after burying 12 treys in a lopsided win Thursday at Okanogan, the Shockers were stung by the 3-pointer in a 70-69 loss to a team from Melbourne, Australia, on Friday. Melbourne’s Matt Woronczak canned a trey with 1:06 remaining for the game’s final points, snapping Waterville’s five-game winning streak. Waterville coach Wayne Worthen said it was a well-played game and close throughout. Waterville led 46-42 at halftime. “It was one of those fast-paced, up-and-down type of games,” Worthen said, “kind of fun to play, watch and coach.” Keith Mires, coming off a game in which he had nine treys and a career-high 34 points against Okanogan, scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to pace Waterville (7-2 overall). Waterville’s Derek Whitehall scored 14 points, Philip Johnson produced 12 points and 12 assists, and Ryan Nelson had 10 points and seven rebounds.

10 years ago — 2009

  • In Waterville, both the Federated Church and United Lutheran Church held family-oriented events to ring in the New Year. It was game night at the Federated Church as groups of children and adults played games from chess, to dominoes to Care Bear checkers. Those who came also brought a variety of finger foods to enjoy. Among those shown having a good time were Grace Shriner, Ofe Chavez, Elaina Thomsen and Emily Thomsen. At United Lutheran Church, there was a potluck supper and games, followed by a viewing of the sing-along version of “The Sound of Music.” Among those taking part in the activities were Ellie Boswell and her mom, Katie, and Lawrence and Ernestine Eggers.
  • New Douglas County Commissioner Dale Snyder of Waterville took the oath of office in ceremonies Monday at the courthouse. Judge John Hotchkiss presided. Incumbents sworn in, with the help of Douglas County Auditor Thad Duvall, were county Commissioner Ken Stanton, PUD Commissioner Lynn Heminger and Hotchkiss.
  • In the midst of the winter cold, Waterville High School senior Valerie Loebsack has been enjoying the warmth of Honolulu. But she is also working hard, honing her softball skills. Last spring, Loebsack was nominated by her softball coach, J.R. Koontz, to apply for the Club USA softball camp held during the end of December and beginning of January in Hawaii. Koontz said she chose to nominate Loebsack because she’s “a very determined player.”