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Ten Years Ago-July 24, 2008

No history of Columbia County could be told without including the Broughton family, now known for their large, well-managed parcels of land, but in the beginning the story was much smaller, focused upon one young man who left his home in Maryland in 1872 at the age of 17 to travel west. Charles J. Broughton, who was born in Somerset County, Maryland in 1854 accompanied his Uncle Buck Broughton West. Working for his uncle’s packing company, riding the bell mare and cooking for the packers on the trail between Missoula and Wallula.

Photo caption: This 1919 photo of the Broughton family included front: James and Betty: Seated: Van, Charles J. Sr. Ina and Charles J. Jr. Back row: Mary Ruth, Harriet, Helen and Francis

Rainfall Tuesday morning of this week delayed harvest in the Touchet Valley area, wetting dwon fields and humidifying the area for a couple days this week, further postponing harvest from shifting to full swing.

Twenty-Five Years Ago-July 15, 1993

This summer many young volunteers from the area have been working at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Walla Walla. The youth volunteers have been doing various task an according to David Plathers, senior vice commander of VFW Post No. 992, the youngsters have been greatly appreciated by the patients and staff of the medical center

Photo caption: VA Medical Center youth volunteers are: first row, from left to right, Callie Hulce, Kim Perry, Dustin Perry, Bob Lee, Flynn Pavish and Scenda Coleman: second row, from left to right: Eleta LaCross, Mylissa Boggs, Lisa Prock, RickEvans and Sara Leid. Third row: from left to right, Jenise Webb, Becky Donley, Julie Gerbino and Glendon Naumann and in the fourth row, Heather Miller.

Fifty Years Ago-July 18, 1968

There has been some mis-understanding among farmers concerning Federal Crop Insurance and the harvesting of their insured crops. Some farmers have the impression that they have to harvest their crops to comply with the provisions of the Federall Crop Insurance policy. This is not true. There is nothing in the contract that requires a farmer to harvest his crop or any part of it. If a farmer does not want to harvest a crop, the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Adjustor will make an appraisal for whatever is left in the field and the farmer will be paid on an unharvested basis, deducting the amount of the appraisal from the unharvested guarantee.

Solicitor’s license are required by city ordinance for all door-to-door salesmen in Waitsburg. A few companies who have salesmen in town refuse to purchase the license. Reasons for not doing so are varied, but certainly not valid. To curb this practice and to help the City protect its citizens, please report these salesmen to City Hall so action can be taken to put a stop to unauthorized selling around town.

Seventy-Five Years Ago-June 23, 1943

Word was received last week by Mr. and Mrs. Ira Bloor that their two sons, Harold and Ben had met on Adak Island, Alaska for the first time since they entered the service. Ben enlisted in the Navy in May 1942 and Harold in Sept 1943.

This is to announce that for the present the Sorotus Club Rental Library will remain in the shop recently vacated by the Waitsburg Cleaners. The library will be open three days a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 2-5pm.

Mrs. Jessie Light who is cooking at the cannery canteen, was honored last Friday at a birthday party by the girls who are assisting her in the canteen.

Orville Fullerton has had Percy Huwe assisting him for a week making a fumigating room for dry peas which he expects to store this season

One Hundred Years Ago-July 26, 1918

Mr. A Hanson had the bad luck to have his black smith shop burn down last Thursday while he was eating dinner, but Albert is not one to sit and grieve, he just said it could have been worse and went right at it again and set up another. Now you can hear his smith hammer ringing most every day.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Lloyd, Saturday, July 20, a seven pound son.

Mrs. Zeph Cox, who has been visiting former Waitsburg friends for the past week, left Sunday to return to her home at Twin Falls, Idaho

J. M. Chew is busy this week tearing out the post office and moving the fixtures up to the front of the building in which it is to be located.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

July 28, 1893

While John Neace and family were home last week, thieves entered their cellar and carried off all their canned fruit.

There are now 65 Waitsburgers camped in the canyon at Thayer’s Mill and the number is augmented daily. There also is a large number of campers from other points.

Mrs. Mollie Wisdom has been employed as janitor of our public school building.

George Brown says he aint going swimming in the reservoir no more, cause it agin the ordinance.

Oscar Saling is prepared to furnish all parties with Young Campion Header brake and will attach them to machines in first class shape.

Rev E. B. Sutton, the noted temperance advocate will lecture in this city on the 22nd and 23rd of July.


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