Ten Years Ago
April 19, 2007
W.H.S. graduate Laura (Lybecker) Tarp, daughter of Carolyn Lybecker of Waitsburg and the late Norman “Gus” Lybecker, was awarded the 2007 ProStart Teacher of the Year award by the Washington Education Foundation in early April.
Driving tractor last Monday, Waitsburg farmer Bruce Abbey heard the news of the Virginia Tech shootings and his “heart jumped.” Beth Abbey, Bruce and Barbara Abbey’s daughter and a 1999 graduate of Waitsburg High School, is pursuing her Ph.D. in exercise nutrition at Virginia Tech, and the good news is she is fine.
Fifteen members of the Odako Club met at the home of Velma Sickles on Thursday, April 12, 2007. It was reported that about 75 bags were filled to be given to the students who will be taking the WASL test.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
April 16, 1992
Several hundred spectators and participants attended the 38th annual Waitsburg Junior Livestock Show last weekend, in a tradition that attracted entries of beef, poultry and other animals from several cities and brought ribbons, premiums and smiles to children of all ages. A total of 177 exhibitors showed in numerous categories to win cash awards, which this year totaled $2,088, according to Marilu Smith, Livestock Show Treasurer.
Bill Bloor was chosen as president of the Waitsburg Lions at Tuesday’s election. Vice-Presidents in order of succession are Greg Zuger (1), Scott Johnson (2), and Brad Ely (3). ValWoodworth and Andy Winnett were two new board members chosen. J.E. McCaw is Lion Tamer, Ken Miller Treasurer, Neil Henze Secretary and Tom Baker Tailtwister.
Fifty Years Ago
April 13, 1967
Cecil Webber will head up the Waitsburg Lions Club as president for the coming year. He was elected in voting held Tuesday night. To assist Cecil in the executive responsibilities of the organization will be: 1st vice president, Carl Henze; 2nd vice president, David McConnell; 3rd vice president, John Gagnon; Secretary, Bob Danforth; Treasurer, Stan Pierson; Lion Tamer, Bob Patton; Tail Twister, Ervin “Turk” Ely; Directors, Glynn Davis and Bill Zuger.
Commercial Club President Cliff Griffin said that the program for Tuesday night, April 18, is to be a surprise – he assured the Times staff that it would be enjoyable and different and new. Everyone is invited to be on hand.
The Dorcas Society of the Christian Church will hold a brunch from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19 at the home of Mrs. C.A. Keiser. Mrs. Forrest Conover will be the assistant hostess. All of the ladies of the community are cordially invited to attend.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
April 17, 1942
Within the next ten days, every home in Waitsburg will be inspected with regard to home defense preparation. Citizens have already received their allotments of sand and posters with full directions upon them from the local Defense Council.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clodius are the parents of a daughter born Tuesday at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Designations of Walla Walla by the war department as one of two sites for large army cantonment type hospitals in the Pacific Northwest, reported Monday afternoon by Senator Mon C. Wallgren came as welcome news to the entire county.
One Hundred Years Ago
April 20, 1917
A very enjoyable time is reported to have occurred at the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Atkinson last Saturday evening. Although the weather was anything but pleasant, all the invited guests managed to be there. Progressive “500” was played until a late hour, followed by a luncheon.
Charles Peak, an old-time resident of this vicinity, was in Waitsburg last week. He had not visited our town in twelve years. He is looking for good heavy work horses and finds difficulty in getting them, as they are not scarce but prices are high.
The City Council is doing a light house-cleaning at the Council Chambers this week – replacing the old chairs with leather-bottom oak chairs and the old table with a 7-foot oak director’s table.
Chester Stonecipher was taken to Walla Walla the latter part of last week and had his tonsils removed. He is getting along nicely.
One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago
April 22, 1892
A trio of medicine fakers gave good open air concerts on Main Street several evenings this week.
Clem King, Lewis and Phil Cox this week placed a monument in the Odd Fellows Cemetery which is by far the handsomest monument erected in this city.
If you want a reliable dye, that will color an even brown or black, and will please and satisfy you every time, use Buckingham’s dye for the whiskers.
A large number of Dayton and Waitsburg people will go on a fishing expedition in the Classic Coppei on Sunday. The group will go on the 6:36 Hunt Train and return by the same train at 4:30 in the afternoon.