News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1919

  • At Waterville yesterday a deal was closed for the purchase of the E.K. Fritts residence. In other real estate news, Bert Townsend purchased the J.W. Lindow residence.
  • The annual report of F.H. Zenter, county agriculturalist, shows that 10,000 acres of Douglas County land was seeded to fall wheat under favorable conditions.
  • The home of A.E. Sanstrom on Badger Mountain burned to the ground last night.
  • N.E. Shephard and Ira Ogle have opened a meat market in the Malfa Building on Main Street in Waterville.

50 years ago — 1969

  • The flame of a brightly burning mortgage note is shown warming the hearts of Badger Mountain Ski Club officials. Taking part in the debt retirement ceremony are President Herb Witten, Vice President Gene Wilson and Secretary-Treasurer Jannie Wilson. Others present included Elsie Tittle, Wayne Rock and Keith Barney.

25 years ago — 1994

  • Students at Mansfield High School have earned academic honors for the first semester. Those with 3.6 to 4.0 grade-point averages were Sandy Brady, sixth grade; Heather Foged, seventh grade; Russell Maw, eighth grade; Jami Mickelson and Jacob Pinger, freshmen; Joanna Fenner, sophomore; and Justin Avenell, Merrie Lillquist and Grant Poole, seniors.
  • Phil Isaak of Coulee City was recently installed as the new president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. Isaak, a longtime dryland and irrigated wheat farmer, plans to focus on critical producer issues such as net farm income during his year as president. David Roseberry of Prosser was seated as WAWG’s new vice president. He produces wheat in the Horse Heaven Hills area. Jack Silzel of Oakesdale became the association’s secretary/treasurer. Silzel is a third generation producer of wheat, lentils, bluegrass seed and barley.

10 years ago — 2009

  • Returning seniors Josh Day, Randall Fila, Steven Kesterson and Chris Callesen will step up into team leadership roles for the Shockers’ spring baseball season, predicted head coach Damian Smith. Newcomers Dirk Poppie and Edmond Jones round out the senior cast. Smith added that the pitching staff will be led by junior Joey Bareither, who finished last season with a 3.04 ERA.
  • Waterville School is hosting a week-long residency with Missoula Children’s Theatre from March 23-28. The troupe, which began in 1970, visits nearly 1,200 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. This year’s production is “The Little Mermaid.” Performances will be at the Nifty Theatre on March 27-28.
  • Classified staff at Waterville School received special recognition during Classified Staff Week, March 9-13. Special gifts were presented to them during the week, culminating in a potluck celebration on Friday. Among those honored were elementary secretary Cory Milbrandt, district secretary Caryn Davis and parapro Claude Day.
  • High school senior Joy Loebsack will present a silent art auction and music performance benefit on March 28. The event will take place at the Blue Rooster Artisan Bakery. Proceeds will benefit the Waterville School Art Department. Featured artists include Dale Loebsack, Steven Miranda, Dennis Hacker and Jess Small. Art media will include pottery, photography and painting.
  • Liliana Nieto, a freshman at Eastmont Junior High School, recently served as a page in the state House of Representatives. She was sponsored by Rep. Mike Armstrong, R-Wenatchee. Nieto is the daughter of Israel and Olga Nieto of East Wenatchee.