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Ten Years Ago

May 21, 2009

It was Hot N Sunny in the First Race…..and the second…and the third…all the way to Sunday’s Queen’s Derby, with Chilly Wind a long shot that never got out of the gate for both days of the 2009 running of Waitsburg’s Days of Real Sport.

The 91st Annual Dayton Days kicks off Friday with something for everyone, old and young. Friday is Family Night-just $20 gets the entire family into Pro West Rodeo with a Mutton Bustin’ event. Dayton Days 2009 Queen Brittany Prince is the daughter of Kelly Hagedorn and Orin Thomas of Waitsburg. The Dayton High senior rides a bay Quarterhourse Masimus, and has 12 years of experience in the saddle.

Elizabeth Abbey is now Dr. Elizabeth Abbey, following commencement exercises at Virginia Tch Polytech Institute and State University on Sunday, May 18th. Her degree is in exercise nutrition. A 1999 graduate of Waitsburg High School, Beth has had a busy life. Beth is starting an internship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn

Twenty-Five Years Ago

May 12, 1994

Photo Caption: Greg Zuger, right, hams its up with plucky pig to promote American Diabetes Association’s “Kiss-A-Pig” contest as Waitsburg High School principal Dan Butler looks on. Two are Waitsburg’s entrants in fundraiser contest. Lucky winner gets to kiss a pig.

Photo caption: Lois Stephenson of Waitsburg Apparel stands outside her business on Preston Avenue after members of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls surprised her with signs and balloons for Mother’s Day. Stephenson is mother advisor for Waitsburg’s Rainbow Assembly No. 68. One sign says” We Love our Rainbow Mom” ‘Its wonderful’ Stephenson said of the surprise.

Fifty Years Ago

May 15, 1969

Photo Caption: Honored at the Lions Club award night last Tuesday were the following Lions members: Carl Henze, left, received his Past President’s Plaque: former District Governor Dick Greenville who conducted the installation ceremony shakes hands with David McConnel, new Lions Club President, Jack McCaw received the Lion of the year Award while John Gagnon was the winner of the 100% Chairman Award.

The City Council drew up a resolution this week honoring Albert Land who is retiring as mayor this year after many years’ service on the City Council dating back to the early 40’s

Photo Caption: FFA members who attended the Central Washington Livestock Show in Toppenish recently and came home with first place banners in judging, beef, swine, and lamb herdsman ship are: left to right, Louis Gagnon, Joe Gagnon, George Gagnon, Tom Archer, Glenn Smith and Bob Johnson. Front row, left to right, Charles Hermanns, Dwight Thomas, Terry Lambert and Ed Lambert. Not pictured: Jeff Peterson, Howard Smith and Keith Carpenter. The Waitsburg Judging team won 16th place in the Spokane show this week out of 53 teams. Dwight Thomas was 13th in individual judging out of 159. The judging team consists of Dwight Thomas, Bob Johnson and Ed Lambert.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

May 22, 1959

Charles Volmer, a life-time resident of Waitsburg, will be parade captain for the 1959 Days of Real Sport Saturday morning.

The City council accepted the offer of pacific Power & Light Co to cut off the city flag pole and re-set it, and made plans to have the pole painted.

Joan Otterson ,Kennedy and Rosemary White will act as valedictorian and salutatorian respectively of the 1959 graduating class which has 20 members this year.

One Hundred Years Ago

May 23, 1919

The Central Ferry route across the Snake River has been chosen and approximately $500,000 will be used this year in improving the final link in the Inland Empire highway which connects Spokane and the coast cities.

The chairman of the committee on Fourth of July celebration made an optimistic report to the Commercial Club Tuesday night and from the tentative program outline Waitsburg will have one of the best programs in her history

The Memorial Day parade will be formed and march to the Christian Church in this order: Band, Old Veterans, American Legion, Ladies of G. A. R. and Boy Scouts. A program will follow at the church.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

May, 1894

William Philips came down from Asotin County on Friday evening and remained till Sunday evening. He is teaching school there and we are pleased to note is very successful as a teacher.

The picnic in this city on May 30 will eclipse any picnic ever seen in this neck o’ woods. Excursion trains will run from Walla Walla and Dayton and hundred if not thousands from those cities will be here. You come too.

The Christian camp meeting will be held in Dickinson’s , this city beginning June 8th. Rev J. M. Allen of Spokane, a very able minister, will conduct this meeting.


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