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Ten Years Ago - March 13, 2008

Photo caption: The Prescott-Waitsburg Softball team started workouts on February 25 and is bats first at Weston-McEwen on Friday, March 14. Returning letter winners are from left, Nicole Hall, Val Hamann, Sarah Paul, Kirstin Ruffcorn, Morgan Beckman, Alisha Marshall, Angelica Hermandez. Angie Potts will manage the team, assisted by Marvin Eng

All Star Construction of the Tri=Cities has been awarded the contract for the Waitsburg Downtown Streetscape Renovation Project, the City Council decided at its March 5 meeting. All Star submitted the lowest of three bids for the project on February 21. The contract related to the $450,150.48 bid is now being drawn up by the City of Waitsburg’s engineering firm, Anderson-Perry & Associates of Walla Walla.

Twenty Five Years Ago - March 4, 1993

For the first time ever, a husband and wife are sharing honors as the Waitsburg Commercial Club’s Citizen of the year. In addition to honoring the Hayses, two other recent retirees were singled out for the recognition at the banquet. Dr. Roger Hevel, who retires this month after 40 years of medical practice in Waitsburg, and Ed Larsen, who retired last year as Waitsburg superintendent of schools each were honored with a plaque for their dedication to the people of the town.

Photo Caption: Bears and Webelows who attended the Blue and Gold banquet in Waitsburg were front row-from left-Ryan Meier, Jason Gillum, Mans Hofer, Jarod Gagnon, Jared Frenchs, and Anthony Kiefel. Back row, from left-Zach Uselman, Curtis Johnson, Scott Mason, Reade Ferguson, Richard Bessey and Zachary Smith. Jim and Laura Young were honored for helping the Cubs this year.

Fifty Years Ago - March 7. 1968

Photo Caption: Julie Ann Stoneciper named in January as Washington States Junior Miss will leave Walla Walla on Tuesday, March 7 for the National Junior Miss Pageant in Mobile Alabama. Her all expense paid trip was one of the prizes which she won by capturing the state title.

The Dayton drive-in managed by Jack and Nancy Otterson, will open for the 1968 season on March 15 at 7:30 pm. The buildings have been completely renovated and received a new coat of paint for the spring opening.. The first shows will be “Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs” and “The Million Eyes of SuMuru”. The snack bar will be open to serve the public with pizza, chili, and barbecued beef.

Gene Duckworth needed a new ambulance but he couldn’t get one that he wanted at a price he was willing to pay so he did what enterprising Americans have been doing for quite a while=he manufactured one. As a result of Gene’s unfulfilled need, an new business has developed in Waitsburg known as Duckworth Enterprises. Working with Doug Biddle, Gene took a 1966 Ford Econoline van and converted it into a 5-place ambulance which can be sold for about one-fourth of the price of a new large size conventional ambulance.

Seventy Five Years Ago - March 12, 1943

Joan Hamilton was elected secretary of the sophomore class on the Washington State College campus.

Lloyd Harkins who has been working in Hamilton’s Electric store for some time, has accepted a position in the County Assuror’s Office in Walla Walla.

Paul Hofer was re-elected to serve a second term on the school board at the regular election last Saturday.

During the business session of the Commercial Club, plans were discussed for handling the canning crop of peas this year. Tentative plans havae been made by Bozeman Canning Company to secureone of the vacant buildings on Main Street for a dormitory for men this summer.

One Hundred Years Ago - March 15, 1918

R. M. Leid this week purchased the 65 acres belonging to G. W. Loundagin estate and which adjouns Mr. Leids place on the Coppei, just south of town. The consideration ws $175 per acre. This is one of the finest pieces of bottom land in the Valley.

It is reported that a deal is underway whereby W. A. Lloyd becomes the owner of the Snodgrass place a mile west of town. This place, originally part of the Hauber place, contains 97 acres of very choce bottom land, consideration $19,000

The Junior Loyal Daughters and their friends very happily surprised their teacher, Miss Anna Hoover, on Thursday night. About 30 were in attendance and enjoyed the evening.

One Hundred Twenty Five Years Ago

March 17, 1893

M. d. L. Barstow came in from Eureka Flat on Wednesday. He says they never had finer prospects for crops than they have now. The wheat was not in the least injured by the winter freeze.

Simon Taylor and his son Carl left on Monday for Oakland, CA, where the farmer is having an artificial leg made. They will be absent about 10 days.

Water connections are being put into the Masonic Hall and the Odd Fellow’ s Hall.

Miss Marietta Wickersham has received their new spring ver in this city. Ladies, now is your chance. May as well be out of the world as out of fashion.

 

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