Any community that hits the century mark deserves a moment of admiration, none less than the city at the mouth of the Methow, beautiful Pateros. The centennial celebration began in earnest last month — Pateros was incorporated on May 1, 1913. It will swing into top gear with the Apple Pie Jamboree July 19-21. To the people of Pateros, the rest of North Central Washington offers congratulations and looks forward to sharing the celebration.
Pateros, actually, is unique. The town was originally dubbed Ives Landing, for pioneer Lee Ives, who in the 1880s settled near the tribal villages and the camps of Chinese miners, and eventually built the Ives Hotel near the riverboat landing. It was Ives who sold land to Spanish-American War veteran Charles Nosler, who renamed the townsite Pateros, for a city he fancied near Manila, named for the duck eggs produced there. The ducks at the Methow confluence reminded Nosler of the ducks in the Philippines, apparently. Pateros and Pateros are now sister cities.
The town Ives founded and Nosler named has survived fire and flood to be a strong community known for its schools, its fruit, its fish and recreation. Now a month into its 101st year, it is time to wish them a happy 100th birthday.
This is the opinion of The Wenatchee World and its Editorial Board: Publisher Rufus Woods, Editor Cal FitzSimmons and Editorial Page Editor Tracy Warner.