News From Our Past

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

100 years ago — 1919

  • Grain dealers appearing today before the House agriculture committee proposed that the government pay the guaranteed price of $2.26 a bushel for the 1919 wheat crop and sell to the consumer at the world market price which they estimated would be about $1.25. Witnesses generally believed this plan would cost the government about $1.25 billion, but said this loss was preferable to any attempt on the part of the government to maintain an artificial price.

50 years ago — 1969

  • Carol Ann Ruud, 12, is shown in The Daily World taking a look at the Waterville fairgrounds track where entries in the Washington State Sled Dog Association races will start and finish Saturday and Sunday. Ruud’s father, Dr. John Ruud, is race manager.
  • Douglas County commissioners Monday received a $18,500 check for the purchase of land for East Wenatchee’s planned community center. The check from the Washington Inter-Agency Council for Outdoor Recreation is for the purchase of 15 acres of land.

25 years ago — 1994

  • Construction of the first condominiums at the Desert Canyon planned golf community north of Orondo should start soon. Building permits have been issued for 31 of the condominiums, which are being called golf villas by developers. They will be located in the middle of the 18-hole desert-style golf course, not far from where the permanent clubhouse will be built.
  • Brian Morgan has been listed on the scholastic honor roll for the first semester at Greenville College in Greenville, Ill. Morgan, son of Doug and Joyce Morgan of East Wenatchee, is a junior majoring in youth ministries.

10 years ago — 2009

  • Federated Church Pastor Daniel Miranda once came across a history of the pastors of the church compiled by a former pastor. It motivated him to look for other historical information about the church and to compile something more comprehensive. For the past two years, Miranda has worked on this project and with the help of 15 partial histories and the memories of some of the older members of the congregation, he has completed a history which goes back to 1884 when worship meetings began to be held in private homes and then in a local saloon. The book is called “One To Many, Back To One.” Miranda compiled history and photos showing how the individual denominations gradually built their own churches up until 1911 when Waterville was recorded to have had seven churches. By 1925, the difficulty of maintaining each individual denomination brought the Methodists and Baptists back together. In the following years, the Disciples of Christ and the Presbyterians also joined up and the group began to be called the Federated Church. The book also contains photos of the former churches, a list of key events and a short timeline of each church that had been in Waterville, including St. Joseph Catholic Church and United Lutheran Church. Miranda said that one of the reasons for completing the project now is that there are still people old enough to either remember the history first hand, or remember it from accounts of their elders.
  • Bryan Day, a seventh grade student at Waterville School, finished first among all seventh-graders in the North Central Washington Regional Spelling Bee on March 19 at Eastmont Junior High School.