Our Past | 1996: Empire Press holds successful Easter contests

In the April 4, 1996 edition of the Douglas County Empire Press, winners were announced for Easter contests sponsored by the newspaper.
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Our Past | 1932: Waterville looking to have local baseball team

During the early part of the century it was common for small communities to have their own sports teams not necessarily connected to the local school. The following article published in the March 31, 1932 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press tells of plans for the town’s baseball team.
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Our Past | 1986: Local chapter of Ducks Unlimited raises funds through banquet, auction

  Selected by Karen Larsen The following article published in the March 20, 1986 edition of the Waterville Empire Press tells of a successful fundraiser for the nonprofit organization Ducks Unlimited. Marty Ramin, who was one of the organizers, said that the local chapter held the annual banquet for about 10 years. According to the Ducks Unlimited website, since 1937 the organization “has...
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Our Past | 1975: Residents encouraged to attend ambulance fundraiser

Selected by Karen Larsen The following article published in the March 13, 1975 edition of the Waterville Empire Press talks about an ambulance fundraiser at a local café. A separate advertisement noted that the menu included stuffed cabbage, stuffed green peppers, homemade corn beef and cabbage, roast beef, pork and oysters. Sounds like something of a St. Patrick’s Day feast!   Local...
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Our Past | 1989: Douglas County overwhelmed by floodwaters

Selected by Karen Larsen The following excerpts from an article published in the March 16, 1989 Empire Press tell of serious flooding that struck the county that spring.   Floodwaters cause extensive damage, emergency declared A state of emergency exists in Douglas County because of flooding throughout the entire county. Cooperation from the public is requested so that an assessment of...
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Our Past | 1934: Former Empire Press owner dies in auto accident

Selected by Karen Larsen The following excerpts from an article published in the March 1, 1934 Waterville Empire-Press provide some history of the Empire Press as well as a sad story of the untimely death of a former owner. Thank goodness for the emergency response services we have nowadays!   Loses Life in Auto Accident on Pass Funeral services for J.M. Stoddard, who was killed instantly...
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Our Past | 1957: Mansfield Girls 4-H Club judges canned peaches, aprons

This article, published in the Feb. 21, 1957 edition of The Waterville Empire-Press, brings us back to the days when canning and sewing were learned by most girls, when polio shots were given at schools and when people had more time for club activities than they do nowadays.
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Our Past | 1989: Ann Reathaford acknowledged for volunteer firefighting contributions

This article published in the Feb. 16, 1989 edition of The Empire Press tells the story of a wife and mother who took on the responsibility of serving as a volunteer firefighter with Douglas County Fire District 2 back in the late 1980s.
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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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