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Pioneer Portraits - January 12, 2017


Ten Years Ago

January 18, 2007

The first day of the Waitsburg Elementary School Fifth Grade Ski Program arrived at last on Thursday, January 11. . . “With the help of school personnel, Carrie Graham, and Brenda Baker; parents Kitzi Brannock, Bret Moser, Jim Wilson, Scott Bentley, Darleen Dozier, Grandpa Al Scamahorn and Uncle Brian Callahan; and a very organized Bluewood staff, yesterday would have to be among the top ten days of my teaching career,” she (Pam Conover) said.

The Waitsburg Booster Club honored Tom and Anita Baker as its 2005-2006 Boosters of the Year during a ceremony at halftime of the Waitsburg-Pomeroy girls basketball game last weekend. Though retired, the couple can be seen at Cardinal sporting events and other extracurricular events related to Waitsburg High school, said Ross Hamann, Booster Club president.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

January 16, 1992

The high school is developing a mock trial program, principal Dan Butler told school board members last week. Mike White is putting the program together. Butler said Bill Bloor, a Waitsburg lawyer who is also the city’s attorney, has agreed to help with training the young would-be attorneys. It is the first time such a program has been offered in the schools in Waitsburg.

Joe McCown is putting his money where his mouth is. The Waitsburg school board agreed last week to let McCown and a handful of others hire, at their expense, an engineer to assess the costs of remodeling the grade school. . . McCown and others were opposed to the passage of a $2.6 million bond issue in November to build a new Waitsburg Elementary School. McCown – a retired Waitsburg farmer and a trained engineer – said the school could be remodeled for less money. the new study could find whether that is true.

Fifty Years Ago

January 12, 1967

Cliff Griffin was elected to serve as the president of Commercial Club for the ensuing year when the group held their weekly meeting Tuesday night. Harold Bloor was elected vice president; Ivan Keve will continue as secretary-treasurer.

The Rainbow Advisory Board met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Ely Thursday night for the election of officers. Mrs. Ellsworth Conover was elected chairman of the board; Kenneth Smith, vice-chairman, and Mrs. Jack Otterson, secy-treas. Mrs. J. A. Stonecipher will continue to serve as Mother Advisor for the local assembly.

Jack Hubbard has been appointed to act as page for his father, Rep. Vaughn Hubbard for a month during the 40th session of the Washington state legislature which convened in Olympia on Monday.

Sixty Years Ago

January 18, 1957

Orin Walker was elected chairman of the board of county commissioners at the organizational meeting of the group Monday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Smith left Friday by train for Detroit, Mich. to drive out a new car for his mother, Mrs. Clara Smith.

Lt. Jack Henry Roberts is on a three month’s tour of duty in England with the Strategic Air Command.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

January 16, 1942

The local Red Cross workers made it possible for Waitsburg to ship over 312 articles to headquarters last month.

Appointment of Walter Weller as chairman of the local Victory book Drive was made this week for the collection of books for use of enlisted men in the military and naval services of the United States.

Cannery enthusiasts of Waitsburg wound up their drive on Wednesday, with the completion of signature petitions circulated the past few days.

Sportsmen are urging Waitsburg citizens in feeding Chinese pheasants in the area.

One Hundred Years Ago

January 19, 1917

Snow in the Wenaha forest reserve at this time is deeper than ever known before. On the main ridge in the Tollgate district, the depth of snow is said to be 12 feet.

A communication for A. S. Dickinson, who is in Olympia, states that he was successful in receiving the Postmaster’s job at the legislature. A. S. is the right man in the right place.

The Waitsburg team gain brought home the bacon when they decisively defeated the Athena aggregation on the local floor Friday night. The girls defeated the feminine visitors 33 to 7 while the boys administered an 88-22 trouncing to the visitors of the masculine gender.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

January 22, 1892

They are harvesting their ice crop north of Snake River. Ours is not near ripe yet.

From a somewhat mysterious cause, the yard-long petition requesting the passage of an ordinance restraining the cows from running at large within the city limits, was not presented to the city council Wednesday night.

Two big four-horse sleigh loads of Dayton people came down on Thursday evening of last week, on a pleasure excursion.

The star of peace is in the ascendency at the capitol today. There is a wide-spread conviction that war is not a necessary outcome between the United States and Chili.


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