News From Our Past

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

100 Years Ago — 1919

  • A.J. Nellis and family are now comfortably located on their ranch east of Leahy.
  • Will Malone, Robert Snell and John Glessner spent Saturday evening roller skating in Mansfield.
  • Will Cox hauled hay from Herschel Gander’s place near Leahy on Monday and Tuesday.
  • J.W. McGinnis of Orondo is registered at the Wenatchee Hotel.

50 Years Ago — 1969

  • Bridgeport’s Rick Fisk gave up a base hit to the game’s lead-off batter then hurled hitless ball the rest of the way as the Mustangs blanked Waterville, 17-0, in prep baseball action Thursday.
  • Sandy Davies was named Girl of the Month at Eastmont High School. She is the daughter of May Davies of Orondo.
  • Al Lowry, manager of the Okanogan County PUD office in Brewster, has retired. He will be succeeded in the post by Wilbur Anderson, who started work with the PUD on Jan. 1. Anderson was formerly employed by rural electrical and phone companies in Montana. Lowry, who has lived in Brewster for the last 20 years, started work with the PUD in 1948 as district manager. He had been employed by a private power company and had also operated a hardware business.

25 Years Ago — 1994

  • A dedication ceremony for Waterville’s $3.6 million school expansion project will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday. The 13 new classrooms added to the school in the project are already in use. “We’ve updated our buildings to the point where, hopefully, we’re set for the next 20 to 30 years,” Superintendent Lafe Bretthauer said. “We’re growing every year by eight to 10 students. We tried to build for long-term growth.” A highlight of the dedication ceremony will be the laying of the cornerstone, which will be performed by Worshipful Master Kenneth S. Robinson of Badger Mountain Masonic Lodge No. 57. Mason Gordon Sutor, chairman of the Waterville School Board, will be the master of ceremonies. The Waterville High School band will perform, and other dignitaries will be present. The school will be open for the public to tour the facility. The project is 98-percent complete, Bretthauer said, with just some landscaping and other details remaining. The project has added five classrooms and a laboratory to the high school, plus eight classrooms and a commons area to the elementary school, Bretthauer added.

10 Years Ago — 2009

  • Eastmont High School’s Nikki Dotter ran the mile in 5 minutes, 8.67 seconds on Wednesday in a league meet against Walla Walla and Pasco, making her one of the fastest high school girls in the state this season. “I think it puts her No. 2 in the league and fourth or fifth in the state,” said Eastmont track coach Gary Millard. The Eastmont girls lost to Pasco, 84-66, and tied Walla Walla, 75-75.
  • Two new spring wheat varieties will soon be available to state growers. “JD” is a new soft white, spring club variety. “Babe” is a soft white, common spring wheat. Both varieties were bred by Washington State University professor and wheat breeder Kim Kidwell and her research team. “JD” has excellent yield potential across a broad range of production conditions and exceptional milling and baking quality, Kidwell said. “Babe” is a high yielding replacement for wheat varieties in intermediate to high rainfall zones.