Pictorial Past | The early day town of Douglas

The town of Douglas in 1909. The large building in the center of the photo, with the row of windows, housed the Douglas Record newspaper, Wolverton General Store and the Douglas State Bank. The white building in the lower right was a hardware store. At the top left, was the school, and at the top right was the former German Lutheran Church built in 1890. (Information and provided photo/Darrin...
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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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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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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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