News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1919

  • A patent has been issued for an apparatus to allow a person to play a piano and the violin at the same time.
  • Douglas County commissioners have invested in a 75-horsepower tractor for the use of the county in building good roads.
  • In order to raise $1.5 million more for road construction this spring, House and Senate subcommittees of the roads and bridges committees have agreed to increase the tax on automobiles about 150 percent. A Ford car which has carried a tax of $5 a year will be taxed $12.50, and other cars proportionately on a flat basis and not by horsepower.

50 years ago — 1969

  • A chili and oyster stew feed will be served in the school lunchroom at Waterville Friday. The event precedes the Leavenworth-Waterville basketball game. Gertrude Snyder and Myra Dorsey are in charge of arrangements.
  • Douglas County Commissioner Jack Van Well has been re-elected chairman of the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council. Also re-elected were Harold Curtis of Wenatchee, vice chairman; and Louise Kirschner of Wenatchee, secretary-treasurer.

25 years ago — 1994

  • The East Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce rolled out the red carpet at its annual banquet Wednesday, honoring the Wenatchee Valley Mall as business of the year and former chamber president Mel Henkle as citizen of the year. Tammy Fitzpatrick, market director for the Link bus system, received the Jeff Sanford Memorial Award as outstanding chamber member of the year. New chamber President Terry Mace introduced his executive board for the year, including president-elect Walt Bigby of Eastmont Schools, and executives Marge Adams and Debbie Feist. Other board members also were introduced, including Fitzpatrick, Darren Froula, Craig Martin, Steve Morgensen, John Seabeck, Al Smith, Russell Speidel and Duane Mikow.

10 years ago — 2009

  • For nine years, Lailee Daling worked as the librarian at Waterville School. This year, Daling has been back at Waterville School in another capacity. During the fall, she served as a student teacher in Justin Grillo’s classroom, and obtained her K-8 teaching certificate from Central Washington University in December. During January, Daling worked as a substitute in Stacey Northcott’s classroom. Since the beginning of February, Daling and Northcott have been sharing the first grade classroom, with each working two and a half days a week. Daling said that she is certified as a library media specialist, but decided to get a teaching certificate because most larger school districts require school librarians to have one. From her experience student teaching, Daling learned that she not only likes to work with kids but also enjoys working in the classroom.
  • Eastmont Junior High School math teacher Denise Permin was named this month’s First Class School Champion, sponsored by Numerica Credit Union. Permin earned the accolades from Daniel Strang, one of her ninth grade students. Numerica Credit Union presents the award to a teacher each month during the school year, based on an essay written by one of the students. Strang said, “Mrs. Permin is a great teacher. She gives us help and is just very cool.”
  • The AAA auto club says the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $2.12. That’s up 18 cents in the past month. The Washington average is 20 cents higher than the national average of $1.92.