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Old News | From The Wenatchee World archives: Alcoa seeks more power for 2 new potlines; Valley North renovated; Museum railroad exhibit dedicated

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Chelan County Sheriff Forsyth traveled to Spokane with local Buick dealer N.F. Kerr and returned with the sheriff's new car. The photograph appeared in the March 19, 1921 edition of The Wenatchee Daily World. Also in the news this week, the YMCA was finishing a new outdoor tennis, handball, and volleyball court on the east side of its Wenatchee building.

From the archives of The Wenatchee World

115 years ago — 1906

A fund has been started in Wenatchee to aid famine-stricken Japanese. A number of merchants and other citizens have contributed money and food products including Wenatchee Milling Co., Wenatchee Fuel Co., Wenatchee Department Store, Wenatchee Drug Co., C.G. Hall, L.M. Hull and Fred Keiser. Eagle Transfer Co. has volunteered to haul all contributions to the depot free of charge.

Members of the Chinese Imperial High Commission stopped in Wenatchee this week en route to Washington, D.C., and met with members of the Wenatchee Commercial Club who presented them with a box of apples.

A surprise party was held for Charlie Whisnand at his home. Among those attending the event were Sylvia Grant, Vida Van Cleave, Lyle Gamble, Sadie Godfrey, Vida Ulrey, Pearl Whisnand, Delia Zwight, Mildred Hollenbeck, Helen Thompson, Fred Morrison, Niles Johnson, Bruce Hastings, Claude Noland and Vernon Anderson.

65 years ago — 1956

Substantial expansion of Wenatchee's Alcoa plant is in the making as a result of negotiations now under way between the company and the Chelan County PUD. PUD officials said that the district is studying ways to supply 100,000 kilowatts of power to Alcoa for two additional potlines. Alcoa has been notified that the district is completing an analysis of the power supply situation of the PUD's needs, and the district expects to make a definite proposal "within a very short time."

Henry Newman of East Wenatchee was elected first vice president of the Washington Peach Association.

The plat of Sunny Hill Homes, a new addition of approximately 65 residential lots, was approved by the Douglas County Planning Commission Monday night. It is bounded by N.E. 5th, N.E. 3rd and Lyle streets and Kentucky Avenue.

Dr. E.J. Widby, pioneer Wenatchee physician, died at his home March 6. Practicing in Wenatchee since 1914 as an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist, he was also a leader in community affairs. He served as mayor of Wenatchee for several years and was a member of the Wenatchee School Board. He also helped to establish Wenatchee Federal Savings and Loan Association of which he was president for more than 35 years.

Walter Stelter has been named program division chairman for the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival.

40 years ago — 1981

Valley North Shopping Center is about to get a half-million dollar face lift, a move center merchants were told this week will improve business. Officials from First Union Management Inc., owner of the mall, indicated the interior of the shopping center will be completely refurbished with the major work consisting of a new floor and lighting.

A new railroad station exhibit was dedicated during North Central Washington Museum's annual meeting Wednesday night. The life-size station exhibit, built mostly by staff carpenter Claude Case, joins a sprawling model railroad still taking shape. Among items featured in the exhibit is an antique window salvaged from King Street Station in Seattle with the old Great Northern Railroad's goat emblem looking down onto a restored 1910 depot bench from the Wenatchee station.

The Rev. Larry Radach is the new pastor of Faith Temple, 1315 Ninth St. He replaces Pastor Terry Beard.

Quincy First Presbyterian Church will celebrate its 75th anniversary Sunday. The special worship service will include introduction of past ministers of the church and the dedication of a stained glass window to the memory of Glen Stephens. The window came from the church's first building.

Bonneville Power Administration moves its offices this weekend from the Federal Building to Suite 117 of the Morris Building, 23 S. Wenatchee Ave.

Cascade Refrigeration moved into new quarters this week at 116 Penny Road.

The new owner of the Cougar Inn at Lake Wenatchee has some immediate plans and some long-range hopes for the historic place. Tom Olson this week revealed his intent to build a swimming pool near the lodge building and flood its tennis courts for winter skating. The lodge itself will be renovated to increase its five-room capacity to nine and a cocktail lounge added. Olson purchased the inn last fall from Earl Joplin, Bill Joplin and Frances Ballinger.

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