News From Our Past

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

100 Years Ago — 1919

  • The Brewster Community Club issued invitations to the citizens of North Central Washington for a reception and banquet at Brewster on Saturday evening. The event will honor Honorable E.F. Banker and Sen. W.A. Bolinger for their support of the State Reclamation Bill.

50 Years Ago — 1969

  • An open house will be held Monday at the new Cascade Elementary School. Principal Gene Anderson said that the new building makes better use of the staff and facilities. Sections of classes can be grouped together and taught by teacher teams, using one team member as lead teacher in a field where he or she is most experienced. Staffing the new school are Mrs. Larry Hartog, kindergarten; Mrs. Louis Yonko and Mrs. Robert E. Pitts, first grade; Susan Lee, Mrs. Virginia Schons and Mrs. Robert E. Winters, second grade; Mrs. Frederick Lieb and Susan Brown, third grade; Mrs. Robert L. Lucas and Mrs. Martha Ingram, fourth grade; John Willet and Mrs. Ed Bomersine, fifth grade; and Donald L. Hainline and Robert E. Smith, sixth grade.

25 Years Ago — 1994

  • Waterville resident Wesley Ingrum was recently elected to the board of the National Association of Residential Care Facilities. The nonprofit association is based in Reston, Va., and provides support and services to the residential care facility industry. Ingrum, who is president of Ingrum Residential Care Center, will serve a two-year term.
  • East Wenatchee’s city hall property and surrounding park is for sale. The parcel of land between Valley Mall Parkway and Sunset Highway, adjacent to 9th Street, is listed for $325,000 through Newman Properties. It’s zoned for commercial development. Municipal services will be moved into the new city hall being constructed on 9th Street across from Eastmont Junior High. The new city hall should be completed this summer, city clerk Virginia Oestreich said.

10 Years Ago — 2009

  • Juan M. Salazar of Waterville recently graduated from Central Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in history. Salazar transferred from Wenatchee Valley College in the summer of 2007, with an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree. His parents are Juan R. Salazar and Etta Preugschat of Waterville.
  • Waterville High School senior David Miranda presented his senior flute recital April 16 at the Federated Church. He was accompanied by pianist Oksana Ezhokina of the Icicle Creek Music Center. Miranda, who has played flute for six years, performed works by Sergei Prokofiev, Bach, Mozart and Paul Hindemith. He has been a student of Wenatchee flute teacher Beth Jensen for five years. Miranda plans to attend Central Washington University and study a double major of chemistry or physics and music.
  • Bonaventure Retirement and Assisted Living officially opened last month in East Wenatchee on Sunset Highway at 29th Street. Virginia Nelson, a Waterville native, is one of the first to reside in the 198-apartment complex. “Life is wonderful here,” she said.
  • Baseball players Josh Day and Geoff Selliken are shown in Empire Press working with their coach Damian Smith on a new baseball dugout. The old dugout was damaged in a storm last winter. The Booster Club donated $300 to the project, and the players had a work day fundraiser in order to collect additional funds for materials. Construction was completed by the players with the help of Smith, assistant coach Ryan Ashley, Ed Worthen and Cody Salazar.