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.

This article from the Feb. 13, 1986, edition of the Waterville Empire Press describes the plans for Homecoming Week that year in Mansfield. It looks like this small, rural school had lots of spirit. Burning the opponent’s effigy would seem to violate the principles of sportsmanship, though. …

This article from the Feb. 7, 1963, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press tells of resolutions made by the East Wenatchee, Wenatchee and Coulee Dam Chambers of Commerce in favor of keeping Highway 2 in its historic location through Waterville. Ephrata, Soap Lake and Quincy Chambers of Comme…

This article from the Jan. 18, 1951, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press talks about a visit of the Waterville Dance Club to the Rock Island Club. The visit coincided with apple pie contest night, and then Rock Island's visit, scheduled for the next week, would be apple pie contest night …

This selection appears in the portion of the Jan. 14, 1926, Waterville Empire-Press called The Sagamore, which was contributed by Waterville School students. It doesn't say who wrote it; I'm wondering if some of the students served part time as operators. It brings back a different day of co…

Here are some selections from the Waterville and Mansfield news columns of the Jan. 5, 1989, edition of the Empire Press. Among the items are a roping winner, a first baby of the year, a believable Santa Claus and holiday gatherings with fun activities like ice skating. Lots of familiar name…

This article from the Jan. 1, 1976, edition of The Waterville Empire-Press urges readers to vote for their choices for "Princess Waterville" and her attendants. The front-page article was accompanied by senior photos of each of the candidates.

The following article, published in the Dec. 21, 1933, edition of The Waterville Empire-Press, announces the possibility of erecting an airport in Waterville. According to the Waterville history book "Beginnings," the airport was not actually erected until at least 1940, when the Commercial …

The following article, published in the Nov. 24, 1960, edition of The Waterville Empire-Press, describes the founding of a greenhouse business in Waterville. Lori Leming, who is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. "Bill" Leming and the niece of Vernon Leming, said she believes the floral busin…

The following article, published in the Nov. 10, 1960, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press, describes the efforts of the Badger Mountain Ski Club to get the ski hill ready for that year’s season. On Nov. 4 of this year, the Badger Mountain Ski Hill’s website posted that fall projects are …

This article, published in the Nov. 5, 1981, edition of the Empire Press describes some early indications that the Mansfield-Douglas branch railroad line, completed in 1909, was nearing the end of its service. According to the book “Beginnings” about Waterville history, Burlington Northern d…

Dawn Collings served as mayor of East Wenatchee from 1992 to 1998. Here she writes her impressions of a talk given by former Huskies coach Don James at the Douglas County/Columbia River Trail grand-opening celebration. The article ran in the Nov. 3, 1994, edition of the Empire Press.

The 1950’s “style show” described below in this article from the Oct. 28, 1954 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press was a meeting in which women got the chance to explore fashion ideas together. Back then people tended to create everything, including fun, much more from scratch than we do …

These selections from the local news column of the Oct. 21, 1926, edition of The Waterville Empire-Press give us a little window into Waterville over 90 years ago. It sounds like "The Institute" was a conference for teachers.

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