News From Our Past

From the pages of The Wenatchee (Daily) World and the Douglas County Empire Press   100 years ago — 1918 After an inspection tour by some professors, Washington State College has decided to keep maintaining its experimental stations at Waterville and Winthrop. Mrs. A.R. Case of Mansfield is spending a month in Oregon. Two women are now employed as rural mail carriers at Brewster....
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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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Pictorial Past | Farmer’s general store

The old mercantile store in Farmer around 1913. Annie and Nels C. Larsen are standing in the doorway. Nels is holding Ida (born in 1904). Louis (born in 1900) is to the left of Annie. The woman at far right is not identified. The girls to her left are Margery (born in 1901) and Laura, who was Louis’ twin. The others in the photo are not identified. (Provided photo/Douglas County Historical...
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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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Pictorial Past | State dignitary attends the fair

Washington Gov. Clarence D. Martin, at far right, attends the 1939 Waterville District Fair (or Douglas County Fair as it was also known).
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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 — 1918 Estimates for this year’s Douglas County wheat crop are for 3 million bushels. Price at Waterville is now $1.99 for bulk and $2.08 for sack. A.E. McLean just completed a modern eight-room house on his ranch north of Mansfield. Clyde A. Ham of Brewster has enlisted in the Army...
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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 — 1918 Filings for the various Douglas County offices on the Democratic ticket are J.F. Irwin, treasurer; L.R. Richards, engineer; L.L. Sellers, clerk; and A.H. Davis, sheriff. Filings on the Republic ticket are Bernice Stanley, auditor; and Mrs. L.O. Anderson, schools...
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Pictorial Past | Early beginnings of the fair

  Nov. 1, 1911, was a festive occasion for North Central Washington residents and especially for those from Waterville. The Annual Potato Carnival, the precursor of the North Central Washington District Fair and later the NCW Fair, was held there in recognition of the bumper crop of potatoes grown throughout the Big Bend area. This photo shows participants of the “potato race,” a...
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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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News from Our Past

From the pages of The Wenatchee (Daily) World and the Douglas County Empire Press   100 years ago — 1918 Alva N. Barber of Waterville recently enlisted in the Army. Dalton Blake, son of Dr. and Mrs. J.H. Blake, has accepted a position with the Waterville Garage and left yesterday for the Big Bend to begin work. Rev. Derifield of Wilbur has accepted the pastorate of the Christian...
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