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Pioneer Portraits - June 1, 2017


Ten Years Ago

June 7, 2007

Local small grain producers are smiling broadly thanks to steady and widespread rainfall which arrived in the area Monday evening after several scorching days at the end of May and first part of June. About three-quarters or an inch of rain fell on the area Tuesday breaking a dry month of May and about a week of hot weather. “This rain will definitely help,” said Heath Druffel, area manager for McGregor Co., in Waitsburg. “This is money falling out of the sky,” said Gary Hofer, a local wheat trader and analyst.

Charter member of the Waitsburg Lions Club, Bob Patton, was honored for his 44 years of membership and service by being named a Melvin Jones Fellow by the cub this week.

Lions members Dan Cole and Ted Bren were honored for their instrumental roles in the building of the club’s new club house at the Days of Real Sport grounds. The Lions Club held its end-of-year picnic at the Lions Cookshack.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

June 4, 1992

Lloyd and Barbara Perry of Seattle were reunion visitors in town this weekend. Perry was high school principal here in the early sixties.

Waitsburg’s City Council has been discussing the hiring of a new marshal and deputy, since the resignation of Marshal Tom Longo. Wednesday night the council may discuss hiring procedure, including requiring marshal and deputy candidates to pass a polygraph test.

Marshal’s memo: It was Waitsburg’s version of the Rodney King video. Residents say four kids are jumping off Touchet bridge and shooting BB guns at each other. Kids deny it. Resident shows marshal videotape resident took of kids on bridge. BB gun is heard on tape. Marshal confronts kids with evidence. One kid comes clean, admits he shot the gun. Parents are informed.

Fifty Years Ago

June 1, 1967

Mr. Loren Dumas, “Mum” king of Waitsburg, has at his home some 500 mum plants that need a home. There are some 60 varieties, and he will give them away on a first-come, first choice basis.

The Waitsburg Little League team won two games over the weekend – one in an extra inning. On Friday, May 26, Waitsburg defeated Standard Oil of Dayton by a 6-5 count. Kirk Huwe and Guy McCaw pitched for the winners, caught by Tom Hiatt. Tom Hiatt got a home run, 2 doubles and a single while Miles Allen garnered a single. Eslick of Dayton had two hits.

Harold Patrick who has operated a dairy farm just east of town on the Wilson Hollow Road, is going out of the dairy business after 24 years. Dairy cows and equipment will be offered for sale at an auction to be held June 6 at 10:30.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

June 5, 1942

A total of 91 graves in Waitsburg’s two cemeteries were decorated on Memorial Day by a small United States flag and a spray of evergreen. The flag and wreaths were placed by John White. The auxiliary made the sprays.

Over 50 tons of scrap iron have been shipped out of Waitsburg to national defense headquarters according to the local committee.

A real reunion was held in Panama this month when Kenneth Zuger of the U.S.Signal Corps met Willard Pollard who is stationed there with the W. S. Medical Corps.

A lawn dinner party was held Thursday evening at the Marcus Zuger home honoring Miss Dorthe Mount, who is to become the bride of Lt. (jg) Cary Hall Thursday.

One Hundred Years Ago

June 8, 1917

There were over fifty persons present at the picnic supper at the M. Zuger ranch 3 miles west of town, last Thursday evening and it was a hilarious bunch, too.

Misses Estella Warren, Ethel Free, Wilma Shaffer, Helen and Velma Keiser, and Mildred Dickeson and Messrs. Verl Keiser, Hobart Bruce, Alpha Fox and Lloyd Teel motored to the Walter Taylor farm Friday evening to spend the evening. A good time was reported.

The City Dads and the crew doing the actual work sure had some delay and trouble in getting the new flag pole erected in time for the exercises Tuesday, but they made it by working part of one night. It was discovered that it was no joke to erect a stick so long. The new pole is 102 feet long and is set in concrete which should prevent it from decay for some time.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

June 10, 1892

The Methodists haven’t yet decided to allow women to vote but they still allow her to hustle around till she nearly runs her legs off to raise funds to pay the pastor’s salary and incidental expenses of the church and Sunday School.

Tenas Mikkelsen arrived home from Palouse City on Saturday and will probably remain during the summer.

James Knott, of Walla Walla, received the contract for building the cellar and foundation for J. W. Morgan’s new store. Dirt was broken last Tuesday.


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