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Ten Years Ago

January 6, 2005

Western and wildlife artist Jackie Penner has been featured in the Wheat Life Magazine December 2004 issue. The article titled “On the Penner wheat farm, a crop of Western art,” highlights how farm life and artistic talent are woven together to make a complimentary lifestyle.

Local customers of AmericanWest Bank in Waitsburg and Dayton have been seeing a new face in the loan officer’s office. Waitsburg native Todd Wood has been serving as commercial loan officer for the two branches of the eastern Washington-based bank since mid-December when former loan officer Eric Johnson resigned from the bank.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

January 4, 1990

George Gagnon, a member of the Blue Mountain Audubon Society, said that several members of the group did a bird count in the Walla Walla area on December 20, and came up with individual bird total of 18,615. Seven persons took part in the survey which is done annually. Leader of the local Audubon Society is Mike Denny. This included some 82 different species of birds. Asn you might expect, the bulk of the birds counted were mallards (10, 447) and Canada Good (3478).

Prescott Community Church began their progressive dinner with hors d’oeuvres at the home of Hazel and Delbert Wallace’s; Soup with Rick and Vickie Piper; Salad at Pan and Ernie Hermanns; Main Dish at Barbara and Ken Weeks; Dessert at Randy and Kris Halley’s. They played Bancko and at Midnight enjoyed fireworks.

Fifty Years Ago

January 1, 1965

Many Waitsburg residents and businessmen traded dress shoes for hip boots and began the hard work of digging out after last week’s flood. Hardest hit were the homes along Preston Avenue, and the homes north of the Prescott highway. The persistent flood waters deposited tons of silt on lawns, yards, and fields which will have to be removed. Northwest of town the force of the flood actually diverted some portions of the existing river bed, and the out-of-control river cut new channels.

We would like to publicly thank all who helped us at The Times during the past week, and got us going again. Howard Davis, Roy Leid, Jim Leid, Wes Leid, Clint Clark, Bill Peterson, Ernest Kison, Kermit Jones, Dick Harper, and many others for loans of pumps, bodily aid and moral support. We would also like to announce that all those who signed up for swimming lessons in our basement pool will be disappointed because we couldn’t sign up a suitable life guard. (No refunds on prepaid lesson charges, either!!)

Seventy-Five Years Ago

January 5, 1940

Wheat prices advanced from 2 to 2 ½ cents a bushel here early in the week and there was considerable inquiry and a few thousand bushels have been sold. The quotations prevailing here Tuesday were 79 to 80 cents a bushel F.O.B. for sacked white wheat.

Watch parties were held at the several churches Sunday night. In the earlier part of the evening there were appropriate programs and later refreshments were served.

Mr. and Mrs. N.B. Atkinson of this city attended the twenty eighth annual reunion of the Hodgen clan which was held in the Memorial building in Walla Walla on New Year’s Day. Mrs. Atkinson was the first Hodgen girl born in the West.

One Hundred Years Ago

January 1, 1915

Frank Jonas lost his 1912 Mitchel-Six by fire on the State Highway near the Storms place Saturday night.

C.M. Phelps, who has charge of the grocery department at the Great Eastern, made a 12 pound fruit cake a few days before Christmas. It was placed in a show window where it attracted considerable attention.

Mrs. L. Blue received a very unique as well as practical Christmas present in the form of a power washing machine together with a small gasoline engine to furnish the power. This was a gift from Mrs. Blue’s father, Mr. L. Cyrus, of Pomeroy. Mr. Blue says it is sure a fine present and the only objection he can find is that now he has to do the family washing himself.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

January 3, 1890

Our shootists have had lots of sport killing prairie chickens since the snow fall. There is an unusually large number of them this year.

K.E. Myers is suffering from what appears to be the peculiar disease, Influenza, now so prevalent in the East.

W.M. Blake, J.W. Cole, and W.T. Robinson have bought J.H. Morrow & Co.’s lumber yard, taking possession of it this morning.

Work of repairing Main Street bridge is completed. We do not know much about building bridge but to us it seems a case of putting a whole lot of new wine into old bottles.


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