News From Our Past

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


100 Years Ago — 1919

  • Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Wallace and Mrs. W.F. O’Neal of Waterville were Sunday guests at the Wenatchee Hotel.


50 Years Ago — 1969

  • Ray Bafus and Norman Webster purchased Frank’s Market in Brewster from Frank LaFayette. The business will be called Norm’s Market.
  • Patti Reiman and Ron Skagen were chosen girl and boy of the year at Sterling Junior High School. The two were announced and honored during an end of school year ninth grade assembly. Their names go on a permanent plaque at the school.
  • Waterville’s Harmony Chapter No. 56, Order of the Eastern Star, held a public installation ceremony recently at the Masonic Hall. Geraldine Hawkins is the new worthy matron and Eldon Hawkins is worthy patron. Other officers include Frances Barber, associate matron; Robert Crial, associate patron; Irene Ludeman, chaplain; Ross Wilkinson, marshal; Dorothy Wainscott, organist; Carol Mires, conductress; Cala Peck, assistant conductress; Eileen Slagle, secretary; Myrtle McKay, treasurer; Dorothy Harman, Adah; Diana Vickery, Ruth; Faun Crial, Martha; Joanne Whitehall, Esther; Juanita Meinzer, Electa; Maryalice Garrett, warder; and Robert Mires, sentinel.


25 Years Ago — 1994

  • Several Douglas County students were among candidates for graduation at Washington State University, following the spring semester. They are Alicia Baltera, business administration, summa cum laude; Katrina Becker, political science; Johnathan Clayton, business administration; Marcus Griggs, agricultural economics; Andrew Hall, agricultural economics; Jeff Hallman, horticulture; Paul Norton, electrical engineering; Brent Schmitten, business administration; Eric Smith, civil engineering; Jonathan Soule, biology; Kimberly VanHoven, biology; William Wittgow, business administration, summa cum laude; and Kara Yenney, architectural studies, all of East Wenatchee; Margo Poole, education; and Tressa Poole, business administration, both of Mansfield; and Jammie Peterson, communications; and Richard Rock, agricultural molecular genetics and cell biology, both of Waterville.


10 Years Ago — 2009

  • Emerging from the clouds of dust and flying dirt, Randy Makowsky came out on top with the coveted $2,000 top prize at the 15th Annual Demolition Derby. The event was a highlight of Big Bend racing action held July 3 at the NCW Fairgrounds. The Independence Day eve races have been a tradition, started by NCW Fair Manager Larry Nelson in 1992. He was applauded by the racers and fans when he was introduced to the crowds that filled the three stands on the track’s south side. Fans voted Michele Larson’s car the best looking of the show. She was awarded a trophy.
  • The new Waterville ambulance is now “on duty” and 100 percent paid for. EMT Sean Heath picked up the ambulance in Chehalis in May — a Ford 350 Super Duty modified by Braun Ambulance. Jeff Marx installed the cell phones and two-way radio and Kimberly Gormley put on the decals.
  • Waterville High School’s Class of 1979 invited friends and family members to an open house July 18 at the Nifty Theatre. The event included a showing of favorite Carol Burnett shows with refreshments available. Class members are Tami (Borders) Anderson, David Baumgart, Alan Besel, Dorothy (Grande) Borneman, LouAnn Bromiley, Jacque (Wilson) Dear, Steve Dorsey, Lezli (Badten) DuLude, Lyle Eggers, Tammy (Besel) Fletcher, Mike Johnson, Lisa (Still) Tidd, Rod Throgmorton, Lori (Mendall) Tabler, John Sprauer, Adrienne Smith, DeeAnne (Hauso) Shaw, Tony Schneider, Cindy (Rinker) Broderson, Monty Ludeman, Lynn Ludeman, Lori Leming and Cameon Viebrock.