News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1919

  • I.M. Derifield has sold his 40-acre ranch near Malaga to Calvin Andrew Wyer, a resident of the Big Bend north of Mansfield. The price was $22,000.
  • The total acreage in fruit in the four counties of Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan and Grant has decreased from 41,711 in 1915 to 34,815 acres today. The number of apple trees has declined by some 400,000 during this time.

50 years ago — 1969

  • Randy Corn applied a pin to Rick Smith in the second round of the 177-pound bout to wrap up a 27-21 Chelan wrestling victory over Waterville on Thursday.
  • Eastside property owners directly to the north of East Wenatchee have asked to be annexed into the city. The property involved, Mayor Forrest Lannoye reports, is bounded by the East Wenatchee-Orondo highway on the west and Baker Street to the east. Lannoye said the property has an assessed valuation of about $250,000.

25 years ago — 1994

  • Businessman Ed Daling was named citizen of the year by the Waterville Chamber of Commerce earlier this week. Daling, who owns the Waterville Grocery, was honored at the chamber’s annual banquet Monday for his work with schools, youth activities and other community activities. He is active in the Waterville Booster Club and coaches youth sports. Steve Smith was sworn in as the new Chamber president by Chelan-Douglas Superior Court Judge T.W. ”Chip” Small. The other new officers are Mary Jordan, vice president; Michele Larson, secretary; and Kathy Standerford, treasurer. About 80 people attended the banquet, including 12 past chamber presidents and several elected officials. Guest speaker Charlie DeJong, executive director of Quest for Economic Development Inc., talked about his organization’s current projects and goals for upper Douglas County.

10 years ago — 2009

  • After a winter of hard work, Waterville School athletes were honored at a winter sports banquet March 11 at the school. Those honored included girls and boys basketball teams, cheerleaders and wrestlers. Girls basketball coach Eric Biggar and assistant coach Melissa Flaget announced that team members voted Kayla Simmons, Valerie Loebsack and Carlee Biggar as Most Valuable players. Elsa Chambers was named Most Inspirational and Julie Pechier was named Most Improved. Simmons, Loebsack and Biggar were also given an honorable mention award by league coaches. For boys basketball, coach Jody Flaget and assistant coach Heath Jordan said Joey Bareither was named Most Improved, Dirk Poppie was Most Inspirational and Javier Vieyra was Most Valuable player. Chris Calleson and Vieyra were awarded honorable mention by the league coaches. Athletic Director Mike Gray announced that in wrestling, held at Eastmont High School, Dawson Hoyt made it to district finals and Alex Hoyt made it to state finals. Cheer team advisor Ruth Toomey presented the Most Inspirational cheerleading award to Anna Edgar.
  • On March 1, the Waterville Shockers Booster Club held a benefit breakfast for athletics. The event was organized by Booster Club President Cody Salazar, and catered by Dave and Marvel Mires. Salazar said that the event took in about $550 gross.
  • Douglas County Transportation and Land Services in East Wenatchee recently received the traveling trophy for best county project in the state for the McNeil Canyon Road Project. The design team representing Douglas County included Aaron Simmons, Greg Peterson, Darrin Nelson and Larry Selden.