News From Our Past

From the pages of The Wenatchee (Daily) World and the Douglas County Empire Press   100 years ago — 1919 I.M. Derifield has sold his 40-acre ranch near Malaga to Calvin Andrew Wyer, a resident of the Big Bend north of Mansfield. The price was $22,000. The total acreage in fruit in the four counties of Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan and Grant has decreased from 41,711 in 1915 to 34,815...
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Pictorial Past | Service club donates baseball gear

The East Wenatchee Kiwanis Club presents Eastmont Little League officials with new batting helmets in September of 1961.
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Our Past | 1986: The sounds of early Orondo

Selected by Karen Larsen It appears like John H.D. Smith was an older man at the time this piece was published in the Feb. 27, 1986 edition of the Waterville Empire Press. He looks back to memories, probably of his childhood, and overwhelmingly of the sounds that framed his early life in Orondo.   Orondo As I Knew It By John H.D. Smith A change of noises was evident as times changed in the...
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News From Our Past

From the pages of The Wenatchee (Daily) World and the Douglas County Empire Press   100 years ago — 1919 A patent has been issued for an apparatus to allow a person to play a piano and the violin at the same time. Douglas County commissioners have invested in a 75-horsepower tractor for the use of the county in building good roads. In order to raise $1.5 million more for road...
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Pictorial Past | House moving day

A crew in the early 1940s moves the former Lanphere house from its original location, three-fourths of a mile southeast of Lamoine, 13 miles into Waterville.
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Our Past | 1960: Big turnout for dedication of industrial arts building

The Waterville School band and shop building located on Chelan Avenue was officially named after shop teacher Edward J. Rejniak when he retired in 1981. Rejniak drew out the original concept design for the building and held classes there following its construction. The following excerpts come from an article published in the Feb. 18, 1960 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press.
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News From Our Past

From the pages of The Wenatchee (Daily) World and the Douglas County Empire Press 100 years ago — 1919 A letter from the Big Bend Empire in today’s Daily World states, “We note, by the Wenatchee World, that John A. Gellatly, Chelan County representative, was going to the Legislature with an idea of getting the state to build the road to Quincy around the Rock Island point … that...
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Pictorial Past | Governor attends park dedication

Washington State Gov. Clarence D. Martin, center, attends the dedication of the new city park in Waterville in 1936. (Provided photo/Myrna Nelson...
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Our Past | 1948: Lots happening at Waterville School

Selected by Karen Larsen The following excerpts come from an article published in the Feb. 12, 1948 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press.   School News Sports Mansfield defeated Waterville Friday by making a large percentage of their shots. Waterville’s offense was good but they made only a small percentage of their shots. The score at the end of the first quarter was 10 to 3. The...
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Pictorial Past | Dancers gather at The Barn

The Barn in East Wenatchee, shown during June of 1963, was a popular venue for square dancing over the years.
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