News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1919

  • Mrs. W.H. Laury of Brewster is a guest at the Wenatchee Hotel.
  • Alfred G. Mickelson of St. Andrews completed his grain elevator this week.
  • Judge Sam B. Hill of Waterville stopped at the Wenatchee Hotel over Sunday.

50 years ago — 1969

  • Friday was a big day for Randy Petersen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Petersen of Waterville. Being a day off from school, he took care of some things he had been putting off until then. He had his mother take him to Wenatchee where he passed his driver’s license examination and got his license. Then he passed a flight physical, got his student pilot license and soloed. Then Petersen went home to get ready for something he had put off until Saturday — a party celebrating his 16th birthday. Columbia Skyways instructor John Kell said Petersen made a creditable solo. He had been taking lessons for about five months.

25 years ago — 1994

  • Blake Gregory has joined The Columbia Bank as assistant vice president and manager of the East Wenatchee branch. He has 15 years of banking experience. Gregory was previously vice president and manager at the Seafirst Marysville branch.
  • Glenn V. Woods, an instructor at Wenatchee Valley College, has started a motivational and customer-service consulting business. Motivational Dynamics is a home-based business. Woods writes motivational columns for the Douglas County Empire Press and Lake Chelan Mirror newspapers. He will return this spring as a community education instructor at the college.

10 years ago — 2009

  • Waterville children and their families gathered at Pioneer Park on April 11 for the annual Waterville Chamber of Commerce Easter egg hunt. Hot cocoa and cookies were provided by Dave and Marvel Mires and Easter eggs and baskets were provided by the chamber.
  • More than 500 children gathered on April 5 to hunt Easter eggs at Eastmont Community Park. The event was sponsored by Fred Meyer with help from Eastmont Parks and Recreation and the East Wenatchee Events Board.
  • Two-year-old twins George and Max Murison of Mansfield planned to celebrate Arbor Day this year by planting their own trees in their yard. At the South Douglas Conservation District Tree and Shrub Sale held on April 4, their mother, Nikki, bought a Colorado Blue Spruce for each of her three children. Murison said the trees will help create a windbreak on their farm and, along with some shrubs that she purchased, will provide good habitat for wildlife, like quail. This was the 20th year of the sale, according to Carol Cowling who organizes the event each year.
  • The Shockers baseball team was at the Waterville Library on April 4 putting books and videos into boxes so that shelving could be rearranged. The work was a part of a fundraiser for new dugouts and was paid for by a $150 donation from a local resident. The library was set to be closed so that the walls could be painted and a new central check-out desk could be constructed. Other changes in the works included new computer stands and furniture. Librarian Sandy Bareither said that Waterville Elementary students raised over $100 for the library renovation in the last couple of weeks. The money would go toward building a padded bench with storage and coat hooks for library visitors.