News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1919

  • Edward Thrapp left Camp Lewis to return home to his family in Brewster.

 50 years ago — 1969

  • More than 200 friends and relatives attended a reception for Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Smith, longtime Mansfield residents, in honor of the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary. Helping to serve were Mrs. John Akers, Mrs. Ray Bellas, Mrs. Garth Ranscom, Dot Thomsen and E.D. Harper.
  • Douglas County Planning Director Herb Olive has been named administrative assistant to the county commissioners.
  • Anna Mae West was welcomed as a new member of the Bridgeport American Legion Auxiliary on Wednesday during a meeting at the home of Mrs. Paul Rainbolt.

25 years ago — 1994

  • Students named to the Central Washington University honor roll for fall quarter include John Kelly, Toby Johnson, Sandy Nelson, Jennifer Schorzman, Kirston Obergh, Neal Dooley, Susanne Altman, Richard Robertson, Tracy Gregg, Dan Wall and Theresa Brandt, East Wenatchee; Marcus Ricarte, Mansfield; Cassandra Robinson, Palisades; and Bret Hammond, Waterville. The students earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
  • Kim McFadden of Bridgeport is averaging 3.6 points and 1.7 rebounds per game for the Whitworth College women’s basketball team this season. McFadden also has 19 assists, 10 steals and has made four 3-point goals in 11 games.

10 years ago — 2009

  • The 2009 Waterville Chamber of Commerce banquet was held Jan. 26 at the NCW Fairgrounds. Following a silent auction fundraiser, dinner was served by the Federated Church Ladies Guild. Entertainment was provided by the Waterville High School Choir. Keynote speaker was Kris Bassett, director of the City of Wenatchee Historic Preservation Office. Bassett praised Waterville for its buildings already on the National Historic Register and also commented on efforts to erect a historic town clock. This year’s boy and girl of the year were Jesse Zylstra and Elsa Chambers, who were nominated by their teachers. Each will receive a $250 scholarship. Zylstra plans to attend Wenatchee Valley College and major in network administration. Chambers, with an interest in art and environmental education, plans to attend either North Idaho College or the University of Idaho. Bob Borders was named citizen of the year. He is a regular volunteer at the recycling center. He also collects recyclable items from the school and helps at the town clean-up day each year. Waterville Food Bank received the President’s Award. The award gave special mention to volunteers Joann Dennis, Lois Frank and Cathy Peirolo. This year’s chamber officers were sworn in. Dick Steinburg will continue on as president. Keith Soderstrom will be vice president, Lilly Soderstrom will be secretary, and Bruce Dawson will be treasurer. Board members are Marla Madson, Diana Hoyt, Ray Reid and Cathy Clark.
  • It was reported at the Jan. 20 Waterville Town Council meeting that over $2,000 in donations to the pool fund were received this past year. Recent donations came from memorial funds of Edna Ogle, Don Jensen and Wayne Suppes.
  • The Waterville Shockers edged out Kittitas, 42-40, in basketball action at home on Jan. 20. Javier Vieyra was the hero of the game with his steady hand at the foul line and in his shooting, adding 9 points. Other scoring highlights were were Chris Callesen, 9 points; Austin Hinderer, 8; Jose Capi, 6; Joey Bareither, 6; Eduardo Rosiles, 2; and Jesus Cuellar, 2.