Our Past | 1941: Presentation aims to teach about erosion

The following article about a presentation by the assistant chief of the SCS was printed in the Feb. 6, 1941 edition of the Waterville Empire- Press.
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Our Past | 1990: Alice Jacobsen is named Waterville’s Citizen of the Year

Selected by Karen Larsen According to Douglas County Museum Director Lori Ludeman, Alice Jacobsen was involved on the museum board for many years, but her most important contribution to Waterville was to get downtown buildings on the Historic Register. “It took a lot of time, energy and resources to get that taken care of,” Ludeman said. The following excerpts are from an article published...
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Our Past | 1960: What’s happening in East Wenatchee

Selected by Karen Larsen The following are excerpts of news from East Wenatchee printed in a column called “Peg Irish with the Eastside Social News” from the Jan. 28, 1960 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press.   Eastmont Ski Team Attends Nordic Events The Nordic events held at Squilchuck Ski Bowl last Sunday proved to be a favorite spot for many interested skiers from six different...
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Our Past | 1985: Boy and Girl of the Year

The following article from the Jan. 17, 1985 edition of the Waterville Empire Press recalls the Waterville Chamber of Commerce Boy and Girl of the Year awards given at the annual chamber banquet in January or February.
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Our Past | 1932: January brings erratic weather

This article about the weather from the Jan. 14, 1932 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press may sound familiar today except for the mention of the effects of the weather on the stage and the novelty of the modern state highway snowplow.
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Our Past | 1978: Readers are urged to quit smoking

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, the percentage of adult smokers in the U.S. has decreased steadily from 42.4 percent in 1965 to 16.8 percent in 2014.
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Our Past | 1945: Prize steer profits hospital; gas station changes ownership

Selected by Karen Larsen Earnings of $2,500 for meat from one steer sound more like today’s figures than those of 1945. However, that is what the grand champion NCW Fair steer brought in for the Douglas County hospital that year. This and an article about a local gas station changing hands were printed in the Dec. 27, 1945 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press.   Prize Beef Nets Hospital...
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Our Past | 1988: Bob Jones retires as county road supervisor

Selected by Karen Larsen This article, published in the Dec. 22, 1988 edition of The Empire Press, tells of a retirement party for Douglas County Road Supervisor Bob Jones. Jones, now 80, didn’t slow down much after his retirement. He worked for several years doing bus maintenance for Orondo School and helped on LeRoy Gormley’s ranch. He has served on the Waterville Mosquito Control...
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Our Past | 1951: Birthday party, senior pictures and more from Mansfield

These news items from Mansfield contain familiar names and evidence of a busy town. They were printed in the Dec. 13, 1951 edition of Waterville Empire-Press.
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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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