Our Past | 1996: Waterville graduate plays baseball in Holland

Selected by Karen Larsen The following are excerpts of an article by Jim Rogers published in the Aug. 22, 1996 edition of the Douglas County Empire Press that tells of Kevin Daling’s baseball playing tour in Holland.   Daling pitches for U.S. team in Holland By Jim Rogers Kevin Daling, 1995 graduate of Waterville High School and pitcher for the Spokane Falls Community College baseball...
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Our Past | 1960: Local girl has a look behind the iron curtain

The following excerpts are from a letter published in the Aug. 18, 1960 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press.
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Our Past | 1969: State wheat agencies court Japanese market

Selected by Karen Larsen According to Scott Yates, director of communications for the Washington Grain Commission, Japan has been an important market for Washington wheat since the 1960s. For the past few years, Japan has been the second largest market for Washington-grown soft white wheat, with the Philippines being the largest market. The following article, published in the Aug. 7, 1969 edition...
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Our Past | 1922: The end of the Mansfield News

The following content comes from an article published in the Aug. 3, 1922 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press which tells the story of the end of the Mansfield News.
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Our Past | 1975: Local girls’ groups hold summer activities

The July 24, 1975 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press reveals a number of community organizations providing valuable summer activities for girls.
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Our Past | 1957: North Central Washington gives library system a try

According to the North Central Regional Library website, the library system was established in 1960.
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Our Past | 1951: Donkey baseball at the fairgrounds

We’ve seen a lot of donkey basketball in recent years, but not much donkey baseball. This article, published in the July 12, 1951 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press, tells of an upcoming game, which was a fundraiser for the fireplace in Pioneer Park. In the same paper, there was also an article about an upcoming square dance to raise money for the fireplace.
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Our Past | 1926: Waterville says goodbye to dust, and hello to oil

Selected by Karen Larsen According to Waterville Mayor Royal DeVaney, the town may be receiving some funding to perform chip sealing on certain roads in 2020. The resurfacing method combines the use of asphalt and gravel that bond together almost immediately after the resurfacing. The roads can be driven on in 30 minutes, and there is a minimal amount of loose gravel in this process. This...
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Our Past | 1985: Local team gives all in recreational softball

Selected by Karen Larsen The following article comes from the June 20, 1985 edition of the Waterville Empire Press. I can’t figure out how the writer came up with the win-loss tally cited at the beginning of the article.   Knemeyers loses controversial game 14-10 Knemeyers men’s recreational softball team has won 4 and lost 2 games in recent play. Knemeyers lost a controversial game to...
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Our Past | 1992: Pilots come from near and far for breakfast in the park

Selected by Karen Larsen Excerpts from the following article, which appeared in the June 18, 1992 edition of the Douglas County Empire Press, tell of a successful fly-in. During those years, the fly-in was held during the town’s street fair.   ‘Fly-in’ brings gypsy-for-day pilots By Nadra Rivers Waterville’s recent street fair got off to a flying start with the arrival of 23 planes...
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