News From Our Past

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

100 years ago — 1919

  • A letter from the Big Bend Empire in today’s Daily World states, “We note, by the Wenatchee World, that John A. Gellatly, Chelan County representative, was going to the Legislature with an idea of getting the state to build the road to Quincy around the Rock Island point … that has been the bone of contention for a number of years. It seems strange that Wenatchee would want to waste her time on this road when we need so many other roads so much worse. One thing is certain, they will get no support from Douglas County, but all the opposition we can muster.”

50 years ago — 1969

  • This year will see the start of construction on two Douglas County parks and negotiations to secure two new sites, according to Parks Board Chairman Robert Gibbs. Construction will be at the Eastmont Recreation Park on Grant Road, and at a proposed roadside rest area in Pine Canyon.
  • Judges for the Outstanding Young Educator awards were announced today by Al Cordell, chairman of the program for the sponsoring Eastmont Jaycees. They are Dr. William Steward, Al Jenssen, Ray Pierce and Paul Furgeson.

25 years ago — 1994

  • Two Waterville High School musicians were the only area students taking part in the recent Honor Band Weekend at Pacific Lutheran University. They were Tadd Sparks, son of Judi Sparks of Douglas, and Luke Willms, son of Ken and Nancy Willms of Waterville. The two were among 190 students picked from 700 recommended by their directors for positions in the band. Both were recommended by Waterville band director Larry Orando.

10 years ago — 2009

  • On Feb. 14, the volunteer members of Waterville Ambulance put on a silent and live auction, a catered dinner and a dance to celebrate Valentine’s Day and to raise money for their new ambulance that is to arrive this summer in time for Waterville Days. A program on the history of the ambulance service was presented following the dinner. The first rig was a 1956 Chevrolet van that when not in use, would be parked at the funeral home. Kem Hunter and Jim Smith of the local Masons presented a donation from the lodge of $5,000 toward the new ambulance. Jim and Eileen Bone were given special acknowledgement and a standing ovation for their long-standing and tireless dedication to the ambulance service. Gross proceeds for the evening, including dinner and the auctions, totaled $20,278.
  • The last regular season home game for the Waterville Shocker girls and boys basketball teams was held Feb. 13 with special recognition given to senior players. They were Carlee Biggar, Elsa Chambers, Adilene Capi, Valerie Loebsack, Julie Pechier, Kayla Simmons, Sunnie Koontz, Rachel Woolard, Chris Callesen, Jose Capi, Jesus Cuellar, Steven Kesterson, Dirk Poppie and Eduardo Rosiles. Also honored were band members Jesse Zylstra and David Miranda.
  • Waterville’s Bryan Day, 12, won the seventh grade Chelan-Douglas County Spelling Bee Feb. 26. Day will compete in the regional spelling bee on March 19 at Eastmont Junior High School.
  • Air Force Airman 1st Class Gregory L. Shaw has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Shaw is a 2008 graduate of Bridgeport High School and the son of Sam Shaw of Brewster, and grandson of Louis Cartwright of Bridgeport.