100 years ago — 1913
- Hyman Harris, of the Wenatchee Department Store, today made an application to the board of county commissioners for an interurban electric franchise covering the area from Leavenworth to Colockum. Harris assured the commissioners that he is backed by associates including several millionaires from this state and that they have agreed to furnish all the money for construction without sale of bonds to outside parties and without asking any citizen of Wenatchee for a single dollar of assistance. The only condition by the commissioners is that they be given one year in which to verify all the data furnished them by Harris and to incorporate. They agreed to have the line completed and in operation in three years.
- George Brown and Myrl Higley, both of Chelan, were overnight visitors in Wenatchee.
50 years ago — 1963
- Wayne Doane of Wenatchee was elected one of the vice directors of the Pacific Northwest Region of the International Association of YMCA’s Men’s Clubs. Doane is a Cashmere pharmacist and past president of the Wenatchee Y’s Men’s Club.
- Ground will be broken sometime early next year for the new mid-Okanogan County Hospital. Residents of the area turned out in surprising numbers at an elected Tuesday to soundly approve a special levy for financing the new hospital.
- Omak has a new mayor. He is real estate man George Laycock. Laycock had been serving as mayor protem but was administered the oath of office as the city’s top official Monday night.
- Donald P. Cary, son of Mrs. J.R. Cary of Wenatchee, was named this week as chief engineer of the campus radio station at Eastern Washington State College. Cary is a 1960 graduate of Wenatchee High School and is majoring in radio-television.
25 years ago — 1988
- The owners of Valley North Mall are working on a joint venture with a Bellevue-based development firm to renovate the aging shopping center, double its size and add “two or more major tenants and a lot more shops” starting next year. First Union Real Estate Investments, that owns the mall is “optimistic” the venture will “come together fairly quickly,” said President Don Scofield.