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Pioneer Portraits


April 19, 2018

Ten Years Ago - April 24, 2008

After operating as a Green Giant label vegetable processing center since 1934, the Senica Foods processing plant in Dayton is ready for a new tenant. Friday the Port of Columbia opens the doors to welcome interested businesses, entrepreneurs and residents to tour the former home to tour the former house of the largest asparagus cannery in the world.

Ad reads---Grand Opening-Waitsburg Clinic , May 5th, Ribbon cutting, Refreshments, Tours of the Clinic. Meet your Partners in Health , Roy Myers, MD, Dawn Meicher, ARNP, Karla `Scott, RN, Marilou Smith, Jill Hinchliffe, Charlie Button CEO, CCHS board members

Headlines: Tour of Walla Walla Comes to Town.-- Around noon on Friday, downtown Waitsburg started buzzing and the activity built to a roar as cycling teams from afar descended upon town, all pointed at Ye Towne Hall and registration

Twenty Five Years Ago - April 15, 1993

The “Rock and Roll” van from the Pacific Science Center in Seattle is scheduled to be in Waitsburg on Wednesday, April 21, at the elementary school. “By encouraging youth to be interested in science, mathematics and technology, students become better prepared to meet increasing technological challenges and can better weigh the possibility of pursuing a science-related career” explained Ellie Altenhof, of the center.

Plow Days will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18 at the Thomas Ranch on the Middle Waitsburg Road beginning at 9:30 a.m. both days. Lunch will be available from Kessler of Milton Freewater. Approximately 60 head of mules and horses will pull plows, disks, and harrows.

Waits burg’s 7th annual Days of Real Sport Fun Run is approaching fast. The run, set for Sunday, May 23, is five or 10 kilometers (3.1 and 6.2 miles) on an out and back course. The course starts at the Waitsburg High School and generally uphill going out.

Fifty Years Ago - April 18, 1968

Photo Caption: Mary Leid and Mike Beechinor, 1967 Prom Royality, made the presentation to the new King and Queen at the annual Junior Prom Saturday night. Scott Lindsey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Lindsey of Dixie was chosen King and Ann Payne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Payne. Queen, Miss Leid, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Leid and Mike Beechinor is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Beechinor. Theme of the Prom was “Casino Royale”. Richard Rich is class advisor and Mr. and Mrs. David Roberts, sponsors.

Commercial Club will view a medical movie presented by Dr. S. R. Hevel at the regular meeting on Tuesday, April 23. The Club board talks by the three Queen Candidates for the Days of Real Sports, Rita Thomas, Vickie Peanell, and Peggy Barger at the meeting last Tuesday. Three judges were also club guests, and rated the girls on their speaking abilities. Judges were Dick Kinart, Ken Brooks, and Mrs. Bill Trudgeon.

Seventy Five Years Ago - April 23, 1943

Philip Gagnon has received word of the death of his brother, Ignatios Gagnon of Cantwell, Alaska. No particulars of his death have been received, except that burial will be held in Walla Walla providing the body can be shipped from the territory.

Maxine Spencer of Prescott was one of the twelve coeds named to practice teach in a Spokane high school.

Miss Ruth Gray entertained on Tuesday evening, April 20, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Roberts, complimenting the teachers of the grade and high school.

One Hundred Years Ago - April 26, 1918

Harvey D. Mills and Geneva May Burch were quietly married at the home of the brid’s parents Sunday afternoon, April 21st at 2 o’clock.

The Waitsburg Patriots League at the regular bi-weekly meeting on Tuesday night, unanimously adopted a resolution submitted to the League by the ladies of the Progressive Club. They asked that clubs, lodges and societies refrain from serving food of any kind unless at a meal hour.

R. St. Jacque is making preparations to remodel his dancing pavilion, preparatory to a series of summer dances. The dances are to be held every two weeks throughout the summer months.

Owing to the scarcity and high price of sack, why not build concrete grain bins on the farm. Cheaper and better than sheet iron and ever-lasting. Come in and let’s talk it over, E. H. Petrick

One Hundred Twenty Five Years Ago-

April 28, 1893

The ‘small fry” at the Waitsburg Academy rejoice in a baseball nine and are eager to beat some class nine. None but professionals need challenge.

A. Mikkelsen sold his farm and appertainances this week to Mr. Vandivar from North Powder, Ore. Mr. Vandvar is a gentleman of pleasing address, has a family of wife and one child, and will take possession of his new home about May 1. Mr. Mikkelson will remain on the “section” and will move his family to Bolles Junction.

Married in this city, April 23, Wm Chenowith and Miss Mary Kirby. The Times extends congratulations to the hapy couple and invokes perpetual showers of blessings on their journey through life.

The approaches to the bridge crossing the Touchet at Bolles Junction are washed out and the bridge is materially damaged by high water.


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