News From Our Past

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

100 years ago — 1919

  • A meeting was held at the Waterville courthouse on Thursday for the purpose of deciding on a wage scale for Waterville area farmers. Sixty-five dollars a month was decided as the going wage for ordinary farm labor. Manuel Hinderer, L. Barnes and Mervin McDonald were also chosen as delegates to the county meeting of farmers at Mansfield next week.
  • A marriage license has been issued in Spokane to Carl Matthieson of Mansfield and Rose Ellen Kramer of Spokane.

50 years ago — 1969

  • An ordinance repealing the annexation of the Leroy Browning property north of East Wenatchee was passed last Monday by the East Wenatchee Town Council. The annexation was originally approved so that Browning could continue as mayor after moving from within the city limits.
  • Harry J. Long, East Wenatchee excavating contractor, was low among nine bidders for the job of installing a domestic water system in the Pangborn Field vicinity, according to Ross Heminger, chairman of the Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District Board. Long bid $109,165 and was awarded the job contingent on approval of the state, which is providing the financing.

25 years ago — 1994

  • The Waterville Chamber of Commerce will have its annual banquet Monday at the Waterville Cafe. The speaker will be Charles DeJong, president and chief executive officer of Quest for Economic Development Inc. Current Chamber president is Steve Smith.
  • J. Walter Gearhart, a retired state employee with experience in state mental health programs, has been hired as administrator of the Chelan-Douglas Regional Support Network (RSN), the agency that distributes state money to local mental health programs. Gearhart and his wife Marilyn live in Douglas. He has also volunteered for the past several years with the Big Bend Care Council, a community organization that serves older people in Douglas County.

10 years ago — 2009

  • Daughters of the American Revolution have presented their Good Citizen Award to high school seniors in North Central Washington. This year’s winners from Douglas County are Jaclyn Bayless of Mansfield; Elsa Chambers of Waterville; Mackenzie Holman of East Wenatchee; and Danielle Medina of Bridgeport.
  • Residents of Amber Waves Adult Family Home were given a special treat on March 16 when a group of Sheila Miranda’s piano and vocal students came to the facility to perform. Drew Koenig, who sang and played piano, said of the performance, “It was fun.”
  • The five-member Waterville Middle School Band performed at a music competition on March 18 at Foothills Middle School in Wenatchee. “I was very excited how they did,” said director Will Chisholm. The Waterville band was by far the smallest, but they played with a big sound. Members were Zakkary Kruger, trumpet; Jaime Cuellar, trumpet; Annika Avey, alto saxophone; Allen Laney, electric guitar; and Janis Moreno, flute.
  • Shocker sixth-grader Caleb Pietrandrea, fifth-grader Laken Thomsen and fourth-grader Tyler Worthen are shown in the Empire Press waiting their turns to play in the second youth basketball tournament held March 21-22 and 28-29 at Waterville School gym. Organizer Ed Worthen said that the event was so successful last year, that he decided to make it an annual event. Six elementary and six junior high teams participated.
  • Thomas Stanford, an eighth-grader at Eastmont Junior High School, served in the Senate Page Program last week. He was sponsored by Sen. Linda Evans-Parlette, R-Wenatchee.