News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1919

Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Brewer and children of Leahy were visitors at Mansfield on Saturday.

Elizabeth McCormick returned to Brewster on Saturday to make her home. Her many friends are giving her a cordial welcome back to town.

The formation of a new law partnership in Wenatchee was announced yesterday as Judge R.S. Steiner of Waterville and Fred M. Crollard combined their offices.

50 years ago — 1969

With 43 years as a school administrator — 17 years of his career in the Bridgeport district — elementary school Principal Arthur Heppner, 66, is senior school administrator of Douglas County in years of work.

The Wells Dam and Hydroelectric Project will soon be finished. Pete Piedmont, project manager for Douglas County Constructors, said that the company would end its work on the Columbia River project about Feb. 1.

Melba Firoved, Douglas County auditor, is shown swearing in Lloyd McLean as he starts his third six-year term as Douglas County PUD commissioner. Watching the ceremony are PUD commissioners Howard Prey and Mike Doneen.

25 years ago — 1994

The Doggonits 4-H Dog Club held achievement night on Dec. 30 in East Wenatchee. Pins for completing first-year requirements were awarded to Lyda Dunn, Dana Voss, Lindsey Davies, Kelly Keenan, Paul Voss, Cynthia Webb and Amanda Edgett. Certificates and pins for excellence in record books went to Paul Voss, junior level, first place, and Kelly Keenan, second place; and to Courtney Birkland, intermediate level, first place, and Cynthia Webb, second place. Certificates of merit were awarded to Amanda Edgett and Lindsey Davies. A special commendation was presented by WSU Extension agent R.J. Faini to Courtney Birkland for her volunteer work. She also received a five-year completion pin.

10 years ago — 2009

Though they are facing a January 19 deadline to make full payment for their Washington, D.C. trip, a group of Waterville students in grades 5-9 are still working to make sure that everyone in their group will be able to go on the trip. The group held an all-you-can-eat baked potato and chili feed on Dec. 30, the night of the high school basketball tournament. The feed was held in the social hall of United Lutheran Church. Shown helping at the event were sixth-grader K.C. Follet, seventh-grader Zakkary Kruger and fifth-grader Nolan Ruud.

The Oroville Hornets, 4-0 in North Central Washington 2B League boy’s basketball, advanced higher after defeating Waterville on Jan. 13. Javiar Vieyra led the Shockers with 14 points followed by Chris Callesen with 12 points. Joey Bareither had 8 points; Eduardo Rosiles, 5; Jesus Cuellar, 4; Austin Hinderer, 3; and Cody Molinar, 3. Waterville’s girls also fell short in a close game with the Hornets. Carlee Biggar led the Shockers with 22 points followed by Kayla Simons with 10 points. Valerie Loebsack added 4 points.

Waterville Ambulance will host a silent auction, dinner and dance on Valentine’s Day at the NCW Fairgrounds. The event will help raise money for a new $150,000 ambulance to be purchased this year. It is expected to be delivered in time for Waterville Days this summer. Ambulance crew members are Jim Bone, Eileen Bone, Eldon Leinweber, Carol Harrison, Stan Harrison, Keli Ludeman, LouAnn Bromiley, Anita Heath, Sean Heath, Jared Heath and Cody Salazar.