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Pioneer Portraits - June 29, 2017


Ten Years Ago

July 5, 2007

Waitsburg native Bob Collins has announced his candidacy for Port of Walla Walla Commissioner, District No. 1. The position is currently held by Paul H. Schneidmiller. Candidates who have also filed are Cory Henson and Jim Bear.

The Times received a note from Dan Leathers, a Dixie area resident who is a charter fisherman in Ketchikan, Alaska, during the summer. Leathers’ son Alex is with him this summer and he writes that they had last Saturday morning off, so they went fishing and caught five nice King salmon in about three hours. The two Alex caught were the biggest, Dan said.

The 2007 Salt & Light Music Ministry, made of up 20 Waitsburg, Dayton and Walla Walla young people, left perhaps not their hearts but definitely a heartfelt impression with many folks in San Francisco. The group returned Saturday, June 30, from a week-long tour to the Golden Gate City, and spread joy as they sang impromptu concerts at the Golden Gate, on cable cars, in grocery stores and restaurants, at YMCAs and nursing homes, and for groups numbering from one person to many people.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

July 2, 1992

The field of applicants for the superintendent’s job I Waitsburg has been narrowed to four, including the current superintendent of the Dixie School District. During a two-hour closed session Tuesday, attended by the five Waitsburg Joint School District board members and a screening committee from the state school directors’ association, the board picked the four finalists from 27 applicants. The finalists are: Burton Dickerson, superintendent of the Dixie School District; John Mathis, a high school principal in Arlington, Wash.; Mark Muxen, a high school principal in Benton City, Wash.; and Harold Shockley, deputy superintendent of schools in Evanston Wyoming.

The sudden dust and rain storm that hit Waitsburg Sunday, pelting the area with high winds and lightning, knocked out electricity and cable TV and sent a large tree limb crashing down on the roof of a Waitsburg home on Main Street. “I was standing right next to the stump where it hit,” said Teresa Griffen, 13, who lives next door to the George Hinchliffe home that was damaged by the limb.

Fifty Years Ago

June 29, 1967

Mayor Albert Land said Wednesday that if the water level situation became critical as it did last Monday evening that the following steps would be taken: Two short blasts on the city siren, a 2-minute interval, then 2 more short blasts. When this signal is given, city residents are requested to voluntarily shut off lawn sprinkling and curtail water use at home as much as possible.

The Prescott Lions Club will again sponsor the all-day festivities to celebrate Independence Day on July Fourth. Features of the and games day which is planned will be the Lions Dunking Booth, Horseshoes, swimming, a water ballet, various games for all ages, and fireworks in the evening.

Don Thomas, Waitsburg, recently sold two Aberdeen-Angus bulls to Hugh Watkins, Dayton and one Aberdeen-Angus bull to Mayne Hauber, Walla Walla, Washington.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

July 3, 1942

The local rubber drive is coming along fairly well, according to the committee report to The Times, but farmers and citizens are still hoarding.

A cloudburst striking suddenly early Friday afternoon at the top of the Minnick hill and covered an area from two to two and a half miles long. It deposited from eight to ten inches of mud on the hiway.

Celebrating twenty-five years of married life, Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Moore entertained at an anniversary dinner Saturday evening, June 27th.

Members of the high school class of Mrs. Smith Phillips and college chums met for a potluck dinner Saturday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Roberts.

One Hundred Years Ago

July 6, 1917

The Central ferryboat met with an accident which gave a party of six persons a narrow escaped from a cold plunge in the icy waters of the river last Sunday evening, says the Pomeroy East Washingtonian.

The fine big barn on the D. C. Eaton farm five miles south east of this city, on the Coppei, was totally destroyed by fire at an early hour Tuesday morning. All the horses had been turned into the corral the night before.

Miss Florence Rees, student in the State College at Pullman, who has been visiting her aunt and uncle, Dr. and Mrs. C.H. Day and other relatives in Dayton, left Wednesday, for Buhl, Idaho.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

July 8, 1892

The busy Sickle sings its merry song.

Miss Ollie Parker has tendered her resignation as teacher in our public schools and will attend the state normal at Ellensburg. The board will meet tomorrow and elect her successor.

Last Monday was the day set for harvesting the year’s crop of toy pistol and firecracker accidents. The crop was about as usual.

The first installment of electric light poles arrived on Thursday. Work of erecting will begin at once.


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