Our Past | 1969: Mansfield girl moves up in Wheat Queen competition

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers wheat queen contest was a topic of an “Our Past” column some years ago.
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Our Past | 1927: News from Waterville, Withrow and areas beyond

Selected by Karen Larsen In the past, the Empire Press published columns of news from all the communities of Douglas County. These news items talked about community events, but also about the comings and goings of individuals. I used to wonder if all the people whose news was published really wanted it to be in the paper. However, a friend who grew up in Waterville told me that she remembered her...
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Our Past | 1988: Measure would bring 911 system to Mansfield

The following excerpts from an article published in the Oct. 27, 1988 edition of the Waterville Empire Press urge voters to approve a measure bringing the 911 system to Mansfield.
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Our Past | 1975: Waterville Grange has an active Booster night

The following excerpts from an article published in the Oct. 16, 1975 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press show the local Grange as being an active organization that was an integral part of the community.
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Our Past | 1963: Free penicillin to combat rheumatic fever

When penicillin first began to be used experimentally in the early 1940s its effects seemed nothing short of miraculous.
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Our Past | 1990: County Commissioners throw their support behind loop trail

The Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail, which extends about 11 miles along the shoreline of the Columbia River on the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee banks, is a remarkable asset to this area.
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Our Past | 1982: Exchange students provide chance for intercultural interaction

The following excerpts were taken from an editorial printed in the Sept. 30, 1982 edition of the Waterville Empire Press.
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Our Past | 1945: Servicewoman writes home

Selected by Karen Larsen This article, published in the Sept. 13, 1945 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press, gives excerpts from letters written by Lt. Medora Fowler, a servicewoman from the Waterville area.   Following the Flag Lt. Medora Fowler wrote to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chase Fowler, about the excitement in Luzon when the news came of the Japanese surrender. The letter reads in...
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Our Past | 1954: NCW District Fair just around the corner

Selected by Karen Larsen This article, published in the Sept. 9, 1954 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press, gives some details about that year’s North Central Washington District Fair. At that time, the fair was held in the middle of September. Horse races have been an important part of the fair since its early days.   Final Plans Set For Six-County Fair Here Sept. 17-19 Final plans are...
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Our Past | 1909: Mansfield branch on the way

In the early part of the 1900s, wheat was hauled out of Waterville through a tram system that ran down Pine Canyon. How excited farmers were when the Great Northern Railway Company began to lay out plans for a branch connecting Wenatchee to Mansfield.
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