News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1919

  • Judge Sam B. Hill of Waterville attended an Elks memorial service Sunday in Wenatchee. Also attending the service was T.G. Dark of Waterville.
  • G.G. Knauss has been elected mayor of Mansfield. New councilmen are T.M. Mayfield and W.C. Peach. Mrs. M.R. Leahy is treasurer.


50 years ago — 1969

  • The East Wenatchee District Chamber of Commerce will get a briefing on various orchard labor issues Tuesday. Leo Sax, manager of Washington Growers Clearing House Association, will speak during the dinner meeting at Vern’s Restaurant.
  • The rangy Eastmont Wildcats withstood a late charge by Wenatchee to post a 67-64 victory over the Panthers on Friday. Key players on the Eastmont team were Kirby Cook, Randy Hall and Robin Derry.


 25 years ago — 1994

  • Karl Oliver ”Ole” Ruud, a lifetime Waterville area resident, died Jan. 5. He was 94. Ruud was born April 4, 1899, to pioneer Douglas County settlers Ole and Augusta (Larson) Ruud on the family farm near Waterville. He lived on that family farm all of his life. He married Eloise McKay on Nov. 27, 1923, in Spokane. They operated a wheat and cattle ranch at the foot of Ruud Canyon, near Badger Mountain. He was a member of Waterville United Lutheran Church and a life member of the Waterville Grange, according to his memoriam notice.
  • Students earning a 4.0 grade-point average for the first quarter at Eastmont Junior High School are Robin LuBean, Melonie Scheibner, Stephanie Tastad and Jessica Weber, eighth grade; and Naomi Baguley, Kevin Beck, Kelsy Gallaher, Brian Johnson, Jessica Satterberg and Elizabeth Truitt, ninth grade.

10 years ago — 2009

  • Fourth-term Douglas County PUD Commissioner T. James Davis was elected the three-person board’s 2009-2010 president on Monday. Davis, a fourth-generation wheat farmer, was first elected commissioner in 1987. Lynn Heminger, a third-term commissioner, will be vice president/assistant secretary, and first-term Commissioner Ron Skagen will be secretary/treasurer.
  • Students from Waterville earning a place on Wenatchee Valley College’s honor rolls for the fall quarter were Timothy O’Connor, Anna Edgar, Jason Galloway, Josephine Grande, Samantha Littrell, David Miranda and Glenn Pickett.
  • Walter C. “Walt” Irmer, a lifelong resident of Waterville and a longtime wheat and cattle rancher, died Jan. 1. He was 92. Irmer married Edith Pearl Walmer in Spokane on Jan. 19, 1944. They made their home together on their wheat and cattle ranch located east of Waterville. After retirement, Irmer was still a farmer and cattleman at heart and helped around the ranch in whatever way that he could — driving tractor, checking on the cattle, pumping water, moving from field to field, or just giving advice, according to his memoriam notice.
  • Wade Gebbers scored 14 of his 16 points in the second quarter as Brewster opened up an insurmountable lead against Seattle Academy and went on to trounce the Cardinals 75-57 in basketball action on Saturday night. The Bears built a 61-37 lead through three quarters in the nonleague matchup, then emptied the bench in the fourth. Gebbers shared the team scoring lead with Stockton Taylor with 16 points apiece. Eli Driessen added 15 and Jesse Villalobos finished with 10 for Brewster. Villalobos led the way with 10 rebounds, Taylor and Gebbers pulled down seven each and Taylor also had six assists.