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Pioneer Portraits - January 11, 2018


January 11, 2018

Ten Years Ago

January 17, 2008

Jack Cyr, Mr. Recycling around Waitsburg, will cease recycling newspaper and cardboard as of April 1, 2008, blaming high gas prices. Cyr informed The Times through a Letter to the Editor. “They say we’re going to have $4 gas by summertime,” Cyr said this week. The 82-year-old’s route is usually from Waitsburg, where he picks up cardboard at the blue box near the Waitsburg City Shop and other locations, through Dixie and to various stops along the way into Walla Walla.

One of Waitsburg’s most notable landmarks, the First Christian Church, may get a sanctuary renovation, depending on the outcome of a vote taken at a congregational meeting last Sunday.

Waitsburg’s Carmen’s Deli has closed its doors. The business at 206 Main in Waitsburg, owned and operated by Carmen Morbach, closed within the past two weeks. Contacted for information, Morbach declined to confirm that the business is closed permanently.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

January 14, 1993

Waitsburg’s mayor and City Council, provoked over a request for a new advertising billboard at the east end of town, may look into how two other billboards were put up in the past year without asking the city first.

If it’s snowing you’ll probably see Mark and Ed Lambert out in it. In the past several days of heavy snowfall in Waitsburg the cousins have been shoveling sidewalks and pathways for people, many of them seniors, in the area of 3rd to 7th streets on the west side of town.

Waitsburg City Councilman Walt Warehime asked that the city place some kind of warning barricades at each of Bailey’s Hill, along Bruce Street between 3rd and 4th streets, because children routinely use the downhill Bruce to slide sleds on. “It’s been going on since Day One,” said Mayor Roy Leid, a city native.

Fifty Years Ago

January 11, 1968

The Waitsburg Lions Club will present its second annual variety show this Friday night Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The Mad Hatters, a high school singing group from Kennewick, will be featured along with the Vogt Family Gospel Singers from Pomeroy. The Mad Hatters are directed by Bill Ames. Others appearing will be the Neighbors Four Quartet; Jim Rice, an accordionist from Walla Walla; the Exits, WHS singing group under the direction of Duane French; Randy Pearson, pianist; and a number of other acts. A special salute will be made to the successful 1967 football team by Tom Baker. Dave McConnell will act as master of ceremonies for the evening.

The Dizzy Fingers met at the home of Pat Hubbard on Dec. 29 to celebrate Carol Huwe’s birthday. The members played “Pass the Baby” with each one getting a chance to hold the Davis baby.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

January 15, 1943

Since the holidays the community has settled down to a regular routine of winter chores. Getting the children off to school and watching for the mail to see what word comes from the boys in the service or those working in defense plants are what come first in the day’s routine.

The possibility of organizing a woodworking class will be discussed at the Grange meeting Friday evening.

Harold’s Pharmacy moved to its new location in the First National Bank building, formerly occupied by the Evergreen confectionery and was open for business Monday of this week.

One Hundred Years Ago

January 18, 1918

James Archer and Mrs. S.F. Patton, both of this city, have just added to their farm land holdings by the purchase of the Ben Stone place in the Whetstone, north of this city. The Stone place has been farmed by Arthur Longanbach for some years.

We understand that a good-sized land deal is taking place this week whereby David Brashare sells his farm of 267 acres 2 ½ miles west of this city to Morris A. Woods for $20 per acre.

G. M. Lloyd and Ira Bloor arrived home Tuesday morning from a trip to Seattle with several cars of hogs.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

January 20, 1893

A fallen tree across the Portland and Willamette Valley railroad last Sunday threw a wood train from the track, severely injuring 16 persons.

The wife of Jonathon Pettyjohn, an early pioneer of the middle Touchet Valley, died on Wednesday night. Her remains will be buried in the cemetery at the Pettyjohn school house today at 11 o’clock, Rev. J. C. Warren, of this city preaching the funeral.

The Ladies’ Library Association of this city, will hold a ‘loan exhibition’ beginning on the evening of Jan. 23rd and continuing every evening during the week.


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