News From Our Past

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

100 Years Ago — 1919

  • The Douglas County eighth grade examination will be held at Bridgeport, Mansfield, Delrio, Mud Springs, Waterville Bridge and District 116. At the May examinations, Roy Gardner of Waterville received the highest average; Georgia Harr of Bridgeport placed second; and Gladys Fraser of Waterville was third.
  • Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Fawley of Waterville are guests at the Elman Hotel.

50 Years Ago — 1969

  • Eastmont Jaycee Wives will install officers during a dinner meeting at Tony’s Grill in Wenatchee. They are Mrs. Patrick Terry, president; Mrs. John E. Brockwell, vice president; Mrs. Robert Love, secretary; and Mrs. Larry Strong, treasurer.
  • Mrs. Stan Sterley of Bridgeport has been named the new second extension coordinator for the junior membership of the Washington State Federation of Women’s Clubs.

25 Years Ago — 1994

  • East Wenatchee native Kellie Goetsch has been promoted to industrial relations administrator at Alcoa’s Wenatchee Works. Goetsch is a graduate of Eastmont High School and holds a master’s degree in applied behavioral science from Bastyr University. She joined Alcoa in management information services in 1981 and has been in the procurement department since 1988.

10 Years Ago — 2009

  • Waterville children enjoyed the last North Central Regional Library puppet show of the summer season on Aug. 4. Shown looking at the puppets were Taylor Schoenberg, 8, Ricky Schoenberg, 4, and Elsie Munson, 3. Participants in the summer reading program were then invited to the library for one last event — an ice cream party accompanied by various drawings for prizes. Among those shown were McKenna Gurnard and Kellen Gurnard with their mother Heidi Gurnard.
  • There are plans in the works for a memorial to all Douglas County veterans, according to Eastmont Park District Director David Schwab. The memorial is expected to be placed at the corner of Grant Road and Georgia Avenue, and to include memorial bricks and flags. Bricks will be available for purchase. Schwab was present at the Aug. 17 Waterville Town Council meeting to introduce the project.
  • For decades, those who have given directions to farms or homes north of town have used the “old brick schoolhouse” as a landmark. They will now have to find new ways to get people to their destinations. After a wall collapsed last January, it became apparent that the schoolhouse, which has long been a tempting destination for children and youth at play, was going to be a safety hazard. The owner of the property arranged for the structure to be demolished. Many have requested bricks from the old building for a variety of projects, and Mark Thomsen, who farms the land around where the schoolhouse stood, said he would salvage as many of these as possible before disposing of the rubble. After the cupola (small dome) of the school gazebo — which is known for having had the names of students (and later visitors) written in it — was torn down, Thomsen and his son, Bryan, stopped the excavator in order to retrieve the steeple, the ladder and the trap door by which people entered the cupola. The schoolhouse was named Fairview School and was constructed in the early 1900s. About 20 years later, most local schools were consolidated with Waterville School and the schoolhouse went out of use at that point.