News From Our Past

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


100 Years Ago — 1919

  • About 150 guests were present at the Masonic Hall in Waterville last evening for the golden wedding anniversary celebration of Dr. and Mrs. A.I. Mitchell of Orting, parents of Sumner Mitchell of Waterville. A ceremony was part of the event where the couple renewed their vows. Mrs. A.B. Dorsey, on behalf of Waterville residents, presented Dr. Mitchell with a gold watch and Mrs. Mitchell with a gold-headed umbrella and a cameo brooch. M.E. Field, on behalf of the residents of Chelan, presented the couple with a box of gold coins. A social hour followed and refreshments were served.

50 Years Ago — 1969

  • Palisades grade school students took a field trip to the Bud Roth place on Monday. They viewed a high waterfall, saw many new calves, hunted for arrowheads and collected petrified wood and other rock specimens. Phillip Little found an almost-perfect arrowhead during the excursion.
  • Beverly McGrath has been named manager of Mansfield Grange Supply Co. She replaces William Easthouse, who retired after 27 years as manager. Re-elected to the executive board at a stockholders meeting this week were Francis Hicks and Horace Bozarth.

25 Years Ago — 1994

  • Comedy comes to dinner when the Mansfield Players stage their production of “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” The show will be presented this week in a dinner-theater setting in the gym. The cast includes Jim Mickelson, Merrie Lillquist, Shiloh Jorgensen, Jami Mickelson, Betsy Jorgensen, Hannah Jorgensen, David Fenner, Joanna Fenner, Rebecca Fenner, Misty Angus, Heather Myers, Katherine Nicholas, Carla Nicholas, Justin Parish, David Huffman, Jenny Cooper, Justin Tweedy, Russell Maw, Tim Probst, Sandy Brady, Tiffany Darby, Isaac Darby, Sandra Lester, Jim Penix, Tom Martin, Debra Kennedy, Heidi Black and Diana Mickelson, who also directs the show.

10 Years Ago — 2009

  • The North Central Educational Service District recently held a banquet honoring certified and classified staff from each of the school districts in Douglas County. Staff members in each district were chosen for the “Excellence Award” by a vote of their peers. In Waterville, the certified staff member honored was elementary Principal Cathi Nelson. The classified staff member chosen was school cook Nimfa Parcells. The two were presented by Superintendent Ray Reid.
  • A retirement reception was held May 21 at Mansfield City Hall in honor of LeRoy Harshaw. Harshaw worked for Central Washington Grain Growers for 34 years.
  • An audience gathered at the Waterville Federated Church on May 17 to hear the music of two young electric guitarists — Wyatt Heiserman, 14, and Mark Clark, 15. The two played a variety of styles, but especially focused on rock and blues. Federated Church Pastor Daniel Miranda, who is their teacher, joined with guitar and vocals on some of the songs, and Miranda’s son Steven accompanied with drums and vocals. Heiserman and Clark have been taking lessons from Miranda for about three and a half years.
  • On May 17, Father Juan Godina said good-bye to parishioners of St. Joseph Church in Waterville. Godina has served as the administrator of the church since June of 2008 and is moving to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kennewick. He was replaced by Father Roy Gutierrez.
  • Waterville High School graduate Bud Bareither recently graduated from Whitworth University with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication.