News From Our Past

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

100 years ago — 1919

  • Sgt. Jack Hensel of Waterville passed through Wenatchee today on his way back to Camp Custer, Mich.
  • Jesse Stauffer, a fifth grade teacher at Waterville School, has received an offer to teach at Ellensburg Normal. She is planning on taking it as the position is a good one, paying $125 a moth.


50 years ago — 1969

  • Brewster Grange officers earned the distinction of being installed with a 100 percent attendance at a recent countywide ceremony at Okanogan. Officers for 1969 include Cleo Abbott, master; Norman North, overseer; Louise Reeve, lecturer; Loran Heller, steward; and Verle Smith, assistant steward.

25 years ago — 1994

  • Fire Chief Don Becker was named citizen of the year and Karen Johnson business person of the year at the annual Brewster Chamber of Commerce banquet Tuesday. Becker, who also is a school board member and works with kids in basketball and baseball, is ”a fine young man, well deserving of the award,” said outgoing chamber President Howard Gamble. Johnson, who owns the Young at Heart store, was lauded for the store’s attractive premises and good inventory, and for her involvement with the community. ”I’m just so pleased there are so many young folks doing things for the community — it makes you feel good,” Gamble said. Brad Reid, owner of Bear Cove Video and chairman last summer of Brewster’s Bonanza Days, replaced Gamble as chamber president. Other newly elected officers include Charlene Knopp as vice president, Lupe Zamudio as secretary and Pam Olsen as treasurer.


10 years ago — 2009

  • Kim Landon, a native of Waterville, radually began thinking of changing her career course as an accountant after becoming involved as a volunteer in her kids’ school. She liked education and decided to become a substitute teacher. Now she is finishing up her master’s degree and teaching certificate program, and is doing her student teaching with Waterville junior high and high school math teachers Jody Flaget and Kelly Hinderer. Landon, her husband Jeff and their three children moved back to Waterville from Oroville this past summer. Landon is pursuing a Masters in Math Education with an online program at Western Governors University. She will finish up her 12-week student teaching experience in March and will receive her teaching certificate in April. She will receive her master’s degree this fall.
  • Rev. Julie Forest recently became half-time consulting minister for the Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in East Wenatchee. She is the first minister the church has had in 10 years. “In addition to working on spiritual depth and growth and faith identity, we’re working on organizational structures here, so that the church runs in a way that is most reflective of the size it’s growing to,” says Forest. Church membership has grown to 109 members over the past 10 years, a 20 percent increase.
  • Matt Huylar broke a school record with a six-dive score of 292.20 Thursday, but Eastmont came up just short against Moses Lake in the final home meet for the team’s seniors. The divers swept the Cadets to take a 40-38 lead through five events, but Moses Lake individuals and relays won six of the last seven events for a 99-87 Cadets win. “We had an amazing meet against Moses Lake,” Wildcats coach April Cheadle said.