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April 23, 2020

Ten Years Ago

April 28, 2011

The largest circus to come to Dayton in more than a decade, the Carson & Barnes Circus has the second-largest herd of elephants in the country. Local residents will have access to the circus grounds to witness the care and feeding of these and many other animals on the morning of Thursday, June 30.

The Walla Walla area is growing in popularity as a wine destination, and some weekends, travelers can’t find a place to stay in town. Wine critic Paul Gregutt and filmmaker Karen Stanton-Gregutt are banking on all that and their own connections to make their new company, Waitsburg Cottages, LLC., a success.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

April 20, 1995

Dedicated athletes take their sport seriously and Kim Crothers of Dayton is no exception. Crothers, 24, is a body builder, rigorously working out seven days a week. Her strict training regimen consists of aerobics, weight lifting and diet. Crothers works out at Body Designs Gym in Walla Walla.

To help welcome tourists to Dayton, the chamber plans to install a 10-foot tall sign at each end of town.

Here is a list of lucky winners in the Waitsburg Commercial Club annual Easter egg hunt April 15. Waitsburg Grange assists with the hunt. Katelyn Kelso, Justin Zuger, Corey Pearson, Tommy Lovell, Beau Marshal, Kristen Richter, Tylor Woodworth, Mathew Leid and Mara Katsel.

Fifty Years Ago

April 30, 1970

Superintendent Gerald Maib announced that the Valedictorian of the Wait-Hi class of 1970 is Miss Claudia Hevel, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. S. R. Hevel. Salutatorian of the class is Miss Carol Shively, daughter of Mr. and Mrs Bill Shively.

Senator Mike McCormack of Richland will speak to Waitsburg young people on “The Environmental Crisis” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, during the Development Workshop.

[Photo caption] Jim Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Davis of Waitsburg, is an avid sky-diver. Here he comes in for a landing at the Ag field near College Place during a jump made last Sunday.

Queen of the 1970 Milton-Freewater, Oregon annual Pea Festival is Deborah Burkhart. Queen Deborah is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Burkhart, former Dayton residents. Princesses of the weeklong event are Jana Herndobler and Helen Fullerton. The celebration culminates with day-long festivities Friday and Saturday, May 8-9.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

May 4, 1945

Betty Bishop 16-year-old sophomore, was killed instantly in a freak accident which occurred at the entrance to the school ball park Friday afternoon. A high wind broke a tree limb which in turn knocked down an electric wire which struck her in the back of the neck.

A son was born April 24 to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Abbey. He has been named Robert William.

The public is asked to remember that waste paper and tin cans will be collected by the City on Saturday, May 12.

One Hundred Years Ago

May 7, 1920

At a meeting of the American Legion Wednesday night, a committee was appointed to arrange for a horse show and race matinee June 3, 4, and 5th.

The Farmers’ Union Warehouse, Co. will erect a large warehouse at McKay’s siding and have it ready for the coming crop. This makes the ninth warehouse owned by this organization.

Walter Price has returned home from the national wheat grower’s convention in Kansas City.

“Plan more than you can do, then do it. Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Hitch your wagon to a star, keep your seat and there you are.”

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

May 10, 1895

William McKinney, John Paulson and George Buckner left on Tuesday on their gold prospecting tour.

Willis Ingalls this week took his band of horses to the mountains to range for the summer.

Mrs. P.M. Tucker and Miss Theresa made us an unusually pleasant call on Wednesday; brought us some lovely roses of out-door blooming and a couple of slips of Bridal Wreath.


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