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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Pictorial Past | Milling operation in Douglas

The Hammond Mill Co. building in Douglas around 1909.
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Pictorial Past | Doing business in Withrow

Withrow Mercantile Co. around 1914. (
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Pictorial Past | Pioneer Waterville home

This log house, occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Horatio N. Wilcox, was one of the first built in Waterville.
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Pictorial Past | Waterville beginnings

Early day Waterville. The date is unknown. Do you know when this photo may have been taken or recognize any of the buildings? Email us at weekly@empire-press.com. (Information and provided photo/Darrin...
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Pictorial Past | The end of an era

Waterville area residents pose for a photo in front of a Burlington Northern Locomotive during ceremonies in Douglas to commemorate the end of the Mansfield Line on March 2, 1985.
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Pictorial Past | Ready for demolition

Bridge No. 41 of the Mansfield Branch is shown here in May of 1987 spanning the Dutch Henry Draw, about a mile east of Withrow.
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Pictorial Past | Pioneer store

The Big Bend Store in Waterville in 1888.
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Pictorial Past | Waterville’s early civic leader

Albert “Al” Rogers (1859-1929) sits in the office of Waterville businessman Milton Howe in 1900.
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Pictorial Past | Pioneer postmaster

Madelia St. Germain served as the postmaster for a rural post office that bore her name from 1904 to 1913.
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