I have been perusing the columns that my grandfather, Rufus Woods, wrote during his tenure as The Wenatchee Daily World editor and publisher from 1907 to 1950. Thankfully, someone was smart enough to put all of his columns in scrapbooks.

Rufus and Wilfred

Wilfred, left, and Rufus Woods learning stereotyping in 1940

Reading these columns, I am getting a clearer picture of his boundless sense of curiosity and wonder and how he used his column, “In Our Own World,” as an ongoing conversation with the people of the region about what might be possible.

Rufus Woods

Rufus Woods

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