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Ten Years Ago

March 12, 2009

John Hockersmith of Waitsburg and Jacob Harold of Walla Walla were honored by Walla Walla’s Boy Scout Troop 305 on Saturday, Feb 28 for attaining the Eagle Scout rank. The two Scouts are good friends and both have mountain biked over 800 miles, crossing Washington State twice. Hockersmith is the son of Eric and Kate Hockersmith of Waitsburg. Harold is the son of Jim and Brends Harold of Walla Walla.

Photo Caption: Tri-City Prep will be Waitsburg-Prescott’s first foes of the 2008 season there March 21 with these returning letterwomen leading the charge .Front row Alisha Marshall, Jordan Doepker, Hally Larsen, Val Hamann. Standing: Ashley Wilson, Rachelle Oseth, morgan Beckman, Ashley Coia, Megan Withers

Twenty-Five Years Ago

March 3, 1994

Robert Shields 73, of Dayton, is the world’s wordiest man. His voluminous diary and other writings - now approaching 35 million words - have begun to draw national and international attention. Last weekend Globo Television of Brazil spent a day in Dayton filming and interviewing the writer. Last month a reporter and sound technician from NPR or National Public Radio, visited the writer in order to do a 10 minute profile for their “Morning Edition” program. CBC, Canada, Radio Australia and two Florida newspapers have also interviewed Shields recently about his diary.

Jack and Nancy Otterson are the recipients of the Commercial Club’s Community Service Award for 1993. The Waitsburg married couple, well known in the area for their work with the Waitsburg Ambulance Service, youth activities and with the Rainbow Girls, were honored at the Commercial Club’s annual banquet Tuesday, March 1.

Fifty Years Ago

March 6, 1969

Photo caption: ‘State Fever” epidemic hits Waitsburg. Stricken with a bad case of State Tournament Fever is Mitzi Johnson of Waitsburg. Giving Mitzi comfort and advice are Jani Keve, Debbie Conover and Kathy Donnelly. Medical reports coming from Waitsburg indicate that this fever has struck in epidemic proportions. The only cure for this State Fever is to spend 4 days in a climate near the sea coast, (say in a city like Tacoma). Patients should be exposed to one or more basketball games per day, tapering off to a single championship contest on the final evening of the treatment.

Photo caption: A boisterous crowd congratulates Cardinals. The stands went wild and it was bedlam on the basketball floor as with a single second on the clock the Waitsburg Cardinals were mobbed by a happy and excited student body. A large and boisterous crowd followed the Cards to Dayton for the Friday game.

Waitsburg Lions Club will see two movies and hear a talk by Jack Englin on LSD and other drugs in common abuse today at the regular meeting on Tuesday evening, March 11.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

March 10, 1944

Five new school directors were elected Saturday for the new joint school district No. 401 and 100. Named were Elmo Tuttle, Jack Wright, Orin Walker, J. W. McConnell and Mrs. Amelia Talbot

The heaviest snowfall of the season came on Saturday morning, bringing an abundance of needed moisture. Wednesday was the warmest day of the season, with a high of 64 degrees.

Mrs. Charles Herring of Prescott left Thursday for Chicago where she will attend the wedding of their son Charles who will take as his bride, Miss Mary Helen Bemus.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wardrip gave a waffle supper on Thursday evening honoring their nephew, Cpl. Lloyd Smith. Cpt. Smith left Friday morning to resume his duties at Robins Field, Ga.

One Hundred Years Ago

March 14, 1919

The one-train-a–day service which has been in vogue for some months, and which bids fair to continue for some time yet, has opened the opportunity for an auto stage line between our county seat and the mainline train connection at Pasco. Two round trips will be made each day.

Harold Roberts hurt his foot during the basketball game with Walla Wallla Friday evening which ended 22-21 in favor of Waitsburg. Harold was unable to be in school on Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Wilson arrived home the first of the week after a four months’ visit with relatives and old friend in Illinois.

E.E. Wiseman and family who have been living in Seattle all winter have returned to this city to reside.

Family Washing - 30 cents per dozen pieces, rough dry at my home. West 3rd Street, Mrs. John Coley

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

March 16, 1894

Not for many years has the water in Coppei and Touchet been so high as it was this morning. Frank Vining, a faithful attaché at the Times office, had to swim to get to his post of duty this morning, but he got here just the same.

Miss Margaret Preston entertained about 20 of her young lady friends at a “fortune tea” on Tuesday afternoon. An exceptionally pleasant time is reported.

The W.C.T.U. will meet with Mrs. A. Stewart next Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock. All members are requested to be present.


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