This story is from the Oct. 14, 1971 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This story, written by Mrs. Nell Dickson, caught my attention for a few reasons. First, I am partial to baseball, so any baseball article is bound to get me to at least stop and look at it. More importantly though, …

This story is from the Oct. 20, 1921 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This story caught my attention for several reasons. First, this was the first of two consecutive weeks the paper reported on violence involving individuals related to Mansfield, which is surprising for a small town.…

This article is from the Sept. 8, 1921 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This article attracted my attention because it reminds me that why there are horrible harvests, like this year, there are always great harvests as well as other difficult years somewhere in their future. In compar…

This article is from the Sept. 29, 1921 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This article attracted my attention because of the similarities and the differences to the focus of this year’s Waterville-Mansfield Shockers football team. Much like today, the football team a century ago appear…

This article is from the Sept. 29, 1921 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This article attracted my attention because just this prior week I wrote an article about the Waterville EMS looking for volunteers to help provide emergency medical coverage for our area. Another all-volunteer a…

This article is from the Sept. 15, 1921 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This article attracted my attention because it shows just how quickly life can change. I see this as especially fitting as we just marked the 20th anniversary of the events of Sept.11, 2001. Fortunately, in the i…

This article is from the Oct. 6, 1921 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This article attracted my attention as I was just looking at items needed to be covered at the first Booster Club meeting of the school year. While this article is about the formation of Waterville’s Parent-Teacher…

This article is from the Sept. 1, 1921 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This article attracted my attention for a few reasons. First it is an example of how important local businesses are to small towns such as ours. Without the Citizens Fuel Club, the Waterville Railroad, which was t…

This article is from the Aug. 11, 1921 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. This article attracted my attention because it shows that while most things in our world are vastly different from 100 years ago, some things have not changed. Just as they are doing right now, teachers in our tow…

This article is from the August 26, 1971 edition of the Empire Press. This article attracted my attention because it discussed the headline attraction for the NCW Fair from 50 years ago. This year the fair’s entertainment is being headlined by country singer Granger Smith, but the entertaine…

Back in the early 1900s wheat was brought to market in sacks. One can imagine that a shortage in the sack supply would be a big problem. It sounds like that was on the minds of a lot of local growers at the beginning of the season of 1906 as attested in this article published in the June 7, …

This article from the May 24, 1906 edition of the Douglas County Press responds to an article in a Quincy paper which apparently took issue with the courthouse construction in Waterville. A “cut,” or image, of the planned courthouse had been loaned to the Quincy paper, and was not available …

This article from the May 10, 1906 edition of the Douglas County Press tells of the Masonic ceremony that laid the cornerstone for the Douglas County Courthouse. The 100th anniversary of the event was celebrated by the Masons in 2006.

This article from the May 3, 1906 edition of the Douglas County Press tells of the founding of Waterville’s Commercial Club. Since the beginning Waterville residents have banded together to promote the town and to work toward its betterment.

It wasn’t long ago when the older generation could still remember riding horse-drawn sleighs for transportation in this area during the winter months. This article from the Sept. 25, 1930, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press documents the transition to snow removal, which I suppose was ne…

Below are two selections from the Sept. 11, 1930, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. The first selection is about some boys who thought they could get away without paying for their gas. Then as now, one wonders how some crooks can think they will get away so easily. Then there are some …

This article from the Aug. 28, 1930, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press tells of an upcoming flower show sponsored by the Civic Club. It sounds like a fun time to gather in good-natured garden competition, as well as to share starts and seeds.

Hunting and fishing have long been popular among Douglas County residents as attested by this article from the July 24, 1930, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. It sounds like at that time residents especially enjoyed hunting game birds. I can envision some delicious dinners with a roas…

The following article, published in the July 28, 1932, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press, tells of a community meeting to make plans for renovations at the Bridgeport School. Community members showed forth their support and contributed what was needed to complete the project.

This article from the July 10, 1930, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press tells about that year’s harvest wage scale. It gives us insight into the various harvest jobs involved and the earnings typical of that day.

This article from the June 26, 1930, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press tells of plans for that year’s July 4 rodeo. It sounds like back then baseball was an integral part of the fairgrounds rodeo tradition. It must have been fun for those baseball players to be part of a larger event an…

This article from the June 12, 1930, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press describes that year’s “Chautauqua,” a program in which musical and theatrical performances and speakers came to town to provide entertainment and cultural enrichment. According to an internet search, the Chautauqua I…

The following are excerpts from a column of Mansfield news published in the May 29, 1930, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. It seems like life was always hopping in the plateau communities of that day.

This article from the May 29, 1930, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press describes plans for that year’s Memorial Day observance.

This selection from the May 15, 1930, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press comes from The Sagamore, a collection of contributions from Waterville School students. I am wondering if Waterville students also had the chance to be a part of the Apple Blossom royal court at that time. According…

This article from the April 14, 1932, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press depicts a plan for a lively county-wide school competition, including track and field, “declamation” or speech, penmanship and spelling.

This article from the May 12, 1932, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press describes a tragic fire on the Orondo ferry. According to a post on the Wenatchee World Facebook page from June 28, 2018, there were several ferries that operated across the Columbia River under the name of “Orondo fe…

This article from the April 14, 1983, edition of the Waterville Empire Press expresses some of the difficulties of a rural clinic in an age when people don’t think twice about taking a 45-minute trip to the nearest city. We can all be glad that Waterville Clinic is still an integral part of …

This article from the April 10, 1975, edition of the Waterville Empire Press tells of the progress of that year’s quilting endeavor. According to Elonna Rejniak, one of the current quilters, the group had to stop at 79 quilts this year due to the COVID-19 crisis. Usually they try to complete…

This article from the March 31, 1994, edition of the Empire Press tells of some equipment the Sheriff’s Office received that year from the Department of Defense. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Groseclose, who was hired on at the Sheriff’s Office in 2000, said he was not aware of either the atta…

This article from the March 25, 1954, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press gives us a glimpse of local 4-H 66 years ago. A lot of energy went into an event like this. It provided a great way to get together, and for a meaningful purpose. For many years 4-H and FFA have been important socia…

Zach Davies was in sixth grade when he noticed that there was a Mansfield News column but no Orondo News column in the Empire Press. He approached the owners of the paper and asked about doing a weekly column about what was going on in Orondo.

This article comes from the “Old News” section of the March 13, 1919, edition of The Big Bend Empire. It was first published March 16, 1899. Among the items of interest is a reminder that Douglas County, with its seat in Waterville, was once the big brother and Chelan County the newly founde…

This article from the March 2, 1972, edition of the Waterville Empire Press describes the Boy Scout fundraising campaign of that year. The article shows how central the Boy Scout organization was in the lives of boys and young men at that time. Nowadays there are a lot of different options a…

There were lots of fun things going on in Waterville at the end of February and beginning of March of 1984. These two articles from the March 1, 1984, edition of the Waterville Empire Press tell of an “aerob-a-thon” to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and ski races for youth at…

It feels like spring is here, and according to this article from the Feb. 19, 1948, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press it looks like it felt that way around this time in 1948, too. The timing and speed of snowmelt is always critical for our local dryland farmers.

What an amazing year for World's Best! This competition has never been as competitive as it was for 2021! The community known competition saw more than 13,000 nominations in round 1 which made up more than 2,300 businesses, people, and places across our community.

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