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October 26, 2017

Ten Years Ago

November 1, 2007

It has come to our attention that we do not have any birthdays listed for October 28. We are hoping to find someone with a birthday on that day. For the first person that calls The Times office, 337-6631, with a name to put on our birthday list for October 28, we will provide a cake mix, frosting and birthday candles.

Towne Hall will be the beneficiary of funds raised by the Waitsburg Commercial Club at the 50th Salmon Barbeque in September. At a recent board meeting, Club leaders approved submitting up to $5,000 from the salmon barbecue proceeds for internal improvements to the 1920s-vintage building which serves as Commercial Club’s meeting location and is also a primary site for numerous local events.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

October 29, 1992

The City Council last week approved spending as much as $8,000 to begin work for the resurfacing of Main Street, from the Touchet bridge to the 8th Street intersection. Main Street has not been repaved in more than 15 years, officials said.

After three years of hard work,Weller Public librarian Jan Cronkhite has completed the Rural Library Training Project. . . Cronkhite, 58, was one of 10 Washington state library managers originally chosen to be participants in the pilot program, the first ever held in the U.S.

St. Mark’s Altar Society started their fall season with a meeting at the home of Betty Jo Donnelly and Geraine Hansen as co-hostess. The new officers are Ava Jean Gagnon, president; Henrietta Hermanns, vice-president; Dorothy Hall, secretary; Opal Shively, treasurer; Betty Jo Donnelly, historian. Father Paul Wood is the spiritual leader.

A cougar that was shot and killed in an attack on a Waitsburg farmer’s dogs was starving probably because its tongue had been severed in the months before its death. A Washington State veterinarian who performed an autopsy on the cougar said it was probably having trouble hunting deer and came to the farmer’s yard for an easier kill. The farmer, Neil Carpenter, shot the cat early Oct. 9 as it attacked two of his dogs. He said he believed the cougar was trying to eat his cats, which live outside.

Fifty Years Ago

October 26, 1967

We note with regret the passing of Frank Zuger Tuesday evening. In our memory we can think of the many times that Frank, the past master of practical joking, was in on some bit of light-hearted fun. Frank was the plotter of the bird’s nest which appeared above the newly-remodelled Blue Mountain Agency front, and we always suspected that he had a hand in the magpie nest which also appeared one morning below the sign. Frank’s fun in life was shared by many people – and those same people will miss him.

The Citizen’s Ticket was chosen by caucus at an open meeting in the Commercial Club rooms on Tuesday, October 24. Albert Land was chosen as the ticket’s candidate for Mayor; Julia Davis was chosen as candidate for Treasurer; and Councilman candidates were Roy Reed, King Witt, Don Hinchliffe, Joe Bodman, and David Roberts.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

October 3, 1942

Roy Bains on his annual deer hunt was successful in getting a four-point buck on Huckleberry mountain last Thursday. The animal weighed 180 pounds dressed.

Mr. and Mrs. Will Knotgrass of Pomeroy have purchased Gus Mock’s stock and wheat farm.

Mr. and Mr.s. Orville Fullerton receive word Wednesday of last week of the marriage of their son Wayne, and Miss Pauline Malloy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Malloy of Walla Walla. The wedding took place in the chapel of the Naval Training Station at San Diego.

Miss Vesta Bender, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bender, Dayton, and Jospeh Groom, son of Mr. Marion Groom of Hunstville, were married in Lewiston, Oct. 13.

One Hundred Years Ago

November 2, 1917

The dining room at Hotel Bradley re-opened to the general public on Thursday morning of this week.

Fire slightly damaged the high school building Monday, when presumably an overheated furnace or defective chimney set fire to the roof of the building.

Bud Pettyjohn and son Tom sold their grain ranch on Pettyjohn Mt., and half their pasture land for $32,000. Mr. Houtchens of Waitsburg making the sale. Tom is going to move to Dayton for the winter taking his horse and feed to the ranch on the Creek (South Touchet) to winter with his father’s stock.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

November 4, 1892

On Friday night of last week somebody stole from the hitch rack in front of the Methodist Church a horse and saddle, belonging to David Roberts. The horse has turned up but the saddle is still missing.

Four days more and the political liar (bless his heart), will be out of a job for awhile.

Thornton Heskett is trying to make arrangements to start a democratic paper in this city.

On Friday evening while Mr. and Mrs. Frank Harman, living on Jasper Mountain, were driving down a grade, they met with the misfortune of upsetting their wagon, with the result to break both of Mrs. Harman’s legs.


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