News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1919

  • Dr. H. Baer, one of the pioneer physicians of Mansfield, has moved to Wenatchee and opened an office in the Central Building. He has been practicing at Mansfield for the last nine years.
  • Thirty-nine billion cigarettes were produced in the U.S. last year, four times as many as were produced here seven years ago.


50 years ago — 1969

  • About 800 skiers, mostly of junior high and high school ages, are enrolled in Mission Ridge Ski School this season. Shown in The Daily World is a group ready to join instructor Cal Vaughn for a lesson. The girls, all students in Eastmont schools, are Karin Lyons, Shay Bromiley, Jan Carpenter, Jean Nigel and Debbie Smith.
  • The appointment of Herbert H. Curtis to the newly created post of project engineer for operation and maintenance at Wells Dam, was announced today by Douglas County PUD Manager Fred Lieberg.


25 years ago — 1994

  • Edith Tackett has been appointed to the Mansfield Town Council. Tackett, who moved to Mansfield a couple of years ago, was very active in the coastal communities in which she lived, said Town Clerk Nancy Hansen. Among numerous organizations to which she belonged were the Grange, the Highline Community Council and the Salmon Creek Community Council. Tackett was one of three candidates for the council position vacated by Cindy Thomsen.


10 years ago — 2009

  • Tabatha Mires, Waterville High School’s social studies teacher, has become the first teacher at the school to receive National Board Certification. The certification is a process by which teachers across the nation demonstrate their knowledge of content area and skill in teaching practice. Though difficult, Mires said the process was very helpful to her. “It really forces you to reflect on your own teaching,” Mires said.
  • A group of Waterville first grade students, their parents, teacher and principal gathered Jan. 28 at the Waterville Library to receive their first library cards, enjoy snacks and do crafts and games. Librarian Sandy Bareither said that most years she has gone to the school to give students their library cards and lanyards, provided to all first-graders in the North Central Regional Library system. This year, she decided to do the open house. “We wanted to get parents and families to come in,” Bareither said. Stephanie Johnson, mother of Dominic, received a library card along with him. “This is really nice to offer this to the first-graders,” she said of the event.
  • The oyster stew and chili feed held recently at Waterville School was a big success, according to Adele Snyder, parent co-chair of the event. Proceeds from this year’s feed benefited Bailey Northcott and her family with help for medical expenses. Kim Katovich served as the other co-chair. As per tradition, the oyster stew was made by Dave, Marvel and Robert Mires and Dale Snyder. The chili was prepared by Dave, Josh and Jason Barnes, Bobbie Ann Willms and Janet Jordan.
  • Daniel Miranda was elected chairman of the Waterville School Board during a recent meeting. Dale Snyder, who was elected to a seat on the Douglas County Commission last fall, was the former chairman.
  • Megan Quick, a sophomore at Eastmont High School, is serving as a page in the state House of Representatives. She was sponsored by Rep. Mike Armstrong. She is the daughter of David and Cirri Quick of East Wenatchee.