We all know that fashion is ephemeral. Do you remember that because President Kennedy did not wear a hat, men’s hats went out of fashion? In the late 1980s, did you have an interior design dominated by dusty pink and pale blue?
The term “Mr. Eastmont” is heard quite a bit in the halls of Eastmont High School. But instead of referring to the winner of a tongue-in-cheek pageant, or the prom king, or the star basketball player, or even the most popular guy in school, perhaps the title should be bestowed on custodian Nick Turner.
Esther Stevens Todd, a resident of the Wenatchee area for nearly a century, was one of many local people who have shared their stories with the Gathering Our Voice program — stories that have helped me and others feel more connected to this place. I talked with Esther in 2012, more than a year before she passed away at the age of 98, about her experiences and some of the changes she had seen. Excerpts from the interview transcribed by AmeriCorps volunteer Maria Davis follow.