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November 14, 2019

Ten Years Ago

November 19, 2009

Odako Club was organized in October 1949, as a Jr. women’s Confederated Group with 12 charter members. Odako is an Indian name meaning friendship. Charter members included: Elizabeth Abbey, Sherrill Conover, Peggy Cresswell, Betty Jo Donnelly, Janice Dunn, Barbara Heron, Muggs Keve, Elsie Mock, Velma Sickles, Betty Stanley, Mary Tenney and Betty Webber. Amity Art was the sponsoring club. Today’s active membership totals seventeen, which includes two charter members: Sherrill Conover and Velma Sickles.

Photo caption: Standing in front of the historic 1925 Linotype, new owners of The Times are welcomed by former publishers Anita and Tom Baker, left, and retiring publisher Loyal Baker, right. Imbert, Karen and 11 year old Niko Matthee take the helm of The Times this week.

After over 13 years of serving their community as owners of The Times, Loyal and Kathy Baker have sold Waitsburg’s weekly newspaper to former Journalists Imbert and Karen Matthee. The sale includes the 1884 the Times building and the adjacent print shop, formerly Mock’s Electric.

Twenty- Five Years Ago

November 10, 1994

Waitsburg and Dayton are experiencing a mini boom of small businesses and community leaders are pleased. In recent months, six new businesses have emerged, creating more variety and selection for local consumers. In Waitsburg, two Main Street businesses have recently opened their doors, Pattock Electronics and Blue Crystal. The Cottage, a craft-lovers delight, is Waitsburg’s third new business.

Lt. Col. John Donald Davis is a hero in Poland. The 1938 Waitsburg High School graduate was a 24-year old Army Air corps B-17 pilot when he was ordered to fly over heavily defended Warsaw to drop guns and supplies in beleaguered Polish freedom fighters, in a mission a 1944 Stars and Stripes article called “one of the most fantastic aerial battles of the war”

Barbara Danforth, deputy instructor of Eastern Star, was honored Monday night, Nov 7 by the local chapter.

Fifty Years Ago

November 13, 1965

Photo caption: Junior Miss hopefuls who will take part in the Dayton Jaycee Competition are: Front row, left to right, Kathy Donnelly, Waitsburg: Connie Welch, Prescott:, Peggy Criss, Dayton, Cindy Culbertson, Prescott: Bette Harris, Waitsburg. Back row, left to right, Carol Aucherlonie, Waitsburg: Helen McClaren, Dayton;, Janie Ramirez, Dayton: and Pene Agenbroad, Dayton.

Photo caption: Jill Wood presented the picture of a striking oriental matron as she served dessert to guests of the Smorgasbord held in Waitsburg on Wednesday, November 5.

Photo caption: Waitsburg seniors who played (or were injured and watched) their last game under Cardinal colors were front row, left to right, Bruce Abbey, Scott Crosswell, Andy Maib, Gerry Elsey, and Roy Berg. Back row, Louie Gagnon, Tom Archer, Terry John, Bob Johnson, Eddie Banka, Marty Western, Roger Coleman.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

November 17, 1944

Wait-Hi’s flashy Cardinals swept Pomeroy to defeat Armistice Day by the impressive score of 30-0.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Harris are the parents of a daughter born on Saturday at St. Mary Hospital. She has been named Freda Kay.

Charles Shaffer has completed the painting of his house and farm buildings this week. G. G. Bickelhaupt gave all his farm buildings a coat of white paint this fall.

Mr. and Mrs. John Lloyd are the parents of a daughter born in a hospital in Walla Walla. Mrs. Lloyd will be remembered as Dorothy Baxter. Her husband is in the U. S. Army stationed at Fort Snelling, Minn.

One Hundred Years Ago

November 21, 1919

A called meeting of the citizens of Waitsburg was held in the Commercial Club rooms last Thursday evening-to petition the Governor of the site for a special session of the legislature to enact adequate laws curbing the I. W. W. activities.

At their last meeting, the Waitsburg School Board went on record as opposed to dancing as a part of the social program of the schools, with the exception of the Junior Prom which is given during Commencement week.

WHS football team invaded the city of Clarkston Nov 14 and held their fast team to a score of 6-6.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

November 16, 1894

A steamship line between Tacoma and African ports is about to be established. The first steamer (English) will arrive at Tacoma in February 1895. Already two large cargoes of lumber have been started by sailing vessels. This is open up a great market for Puget Sound Lumber.

Jonathan Pettyjohn, the sage of lower Touchet, was in the city on Monday. He voted the republican ticket for 30 years, but this year he trained with the populists, which party he claims will control our government on and after the next election. But then, of course, he is mistaken.

W. Phillips recently received by express the finest pig ever seen in this country. It cost $35, but friend Phillips always has the best hogs in this state, and he fully intends to retain that position.


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