Our Past | 1981: Weight training program makes room for girls

So many high school girls are active in sports nowadays that it can be hard to imagine a time when sports were considered a male domain. The following excerpts from an article published in the Dec. 3, 1981 edition of The Empire Press show changed attitudes and a changed reality for a new decade.
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Our Past | 1928: November Grange meeting attracts a crowd

Selected by Karen Larsen This article from the Nov. 29, 1928 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press describes a Grange meeting with good attendance. According to the book “Beginnings,” the Waterville Grange was organized in 1925. Ninety people attended the first meeting, but this fell short of the 100 that the Grange organizer who had come to town to establish the organization had hoped for....
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Our Past | 1941: Waterville Lions Club begins

Selected by Karen Larsen This article from the Nov. 27, 1941 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press tells of a celebration held when the Waterville Lions Club first got its charter. The Lions Club has served the community in many ways ever since. Today, it provides free swim lessons to Waterville children, operates and maintains the Badger Mountain Ski Hill, offers scholarships to Waterville...
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Our Past | 1948: Christmas Seal Sale begins in Douglas County

Selected by Karen Larsen According to Wikipedia, the idea of the Christmas seal was created by a Danish postal clerk in 1904 as a way to raise money to fight tuberculosis. The idea quickly spread throughout Europe and was introduced to the U.S. in 1907 by Emily Bissell, who wanted to raise money for a sanitarium on the Brandywine Creek in Delaware. By 1908, the idea blossomed into a national...
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Our Past | 1990: Students present city hall campus design

Selected by Karen Larsen The East Wenatchee City Hall campus on 9th Street includes City Hall, the East Wenatchee branch of the North Central Regional Library system, the East Wenatchee Police Department and a municipal courtroom, which is also used for the city council chambers. It was designed by Merritt + Pardini Architects and was completed in 1994. This article, published in the Nov. 8,...
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Our Past | 1984: Rural residents receive addresses

Selected by Karen Larsen According to Lyle Eggers, who grew up near Farmer, mail used to be delivered to rural Waterville-area residents with simply the person’s name, the words “Star Route” and “Waterville, Wash.” Even this much wasn’t absolutely necessary. “If it had your name on it, he would deliver it,” Eggers said of the mail carrier. He added that he once heard of a...
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Our Past | 1975: Drafting, nutrition projects capture students’ attention

These two selections come from the Oct. 30, 1975 edition of the Waterville Empire Press.
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Our Past | 1991: Farmer’s Hall gets a new paint job

The following excerpts from an article published in the Oct. 17, 1991 Douglas County Empire Press discuss the painting of Farmer’s Hall that year.
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1985: Halloween Weekend a fun community event

Based on the following article published in the Oct. 10, 1985 edition of the Waterville Empire Press, it looks like Waterville had a tradition for community-wide Halloween fun at that time.
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Our Past | 1972: Baby shower doesn’t cut corners

Selected by Karen Larsen Women spent a lot of time planning and preparing foods for parties and gatherings decades ago. Nowadays, the pace of life is so fast and we are so focused on convenience that we usually make it easier on ourselves with store-bought party foods. Parties and social events also made it in the paper, a piece of attention that they don’t usually get today. This article about...
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