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Ten Years Ago

December 23, 2010

First responders from Waitsburg and Walla Walla help an injured driver from Oregon onto a stretcher after his pickup truck rolled off a Highway 12 embankment just north of Minnick Hill around 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

The Cardinals are on a roll, winning their third matchup in a row Tuesday against the Mac-Hi Pioneers in a non-league game that ended with a score of 59-23.

November was a great month in Starbuck, and the Starbuck Stars have been busy! Students are hard at work learning and growing, and no student is working harder than McKenzie Dobbs, Elementary Student of the Month.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

December 28, 1995

A committee in Dayton is looking into whether the city should hire a private contractor to maintain the City Cemetery. Councilman Tim Donohue asked for the study.

The city swimming pool in Waitsburg will include a 20-foot round wading pool for toddlers, it was announced recently. City officials said about $110,000 has been raised from city funds and private donations for the pool renovation project. Work on the 67-year-old pool across from Preston Park has been continuing this fall. The wading pool will be 2-foot at its deepest point. There will not be a fence between the large pool and the wading pool, officials said. City officials said donations have been generous for the community project. “It is hard to spend money when people are giving it like this,” said a Council member. “You want to make sure every dime is spent like it supposed to be spent.”

Fifty Years Ago

January 7, 1971

Major Glen A. Griffith of the Walla Walla Air Force Detachment will present a program to the Commercial Club on Tuesday evening, January 12.

Three Dayton young people were charged with a Waitsburg burglary by Columbia County prosecuting attorney H. N. Woolson this week. The break-in took place early Thursday morning, December 31, at Touchet Valley Hardware with stolen items including a toolbox, radios, a recorder, toaster, knife and carving set, wristwatches, a saw, lawn edger, steam iron, drill, and coffee pot. The merchandise was found in a shed behind a vacant house on 401 W. Main in Dayton. Officers were searching for drugs.

The Jerry Herrings arrived in Prescott in time to spend Christmas with the Herrings, and other family members arrived on Sunday, the Ray Lorenzs, the Charlie Herrings Jr., and the Charlie Herring III and the Bill Pitlicks.

People will believe anything if you whisper it.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

January 14, 1946

Ira and Harold Bloor have purchased the James building adjoining Bloor’s Market, and plan to expand their business this spring, remodeling the entire building to accommodate 200 new steel lockers in the rear and a quick freeze room.

Jacqueline Weller and Mary Hirsch entertained at a dinner party on New Year’s Eve at the home of Miss Fanny Weller. Eleven couples attended.

Boy Scouts who will receive their second class rank at the Court of Honor Thursday will Freddie Rankin, Earl Smith, and Bob Collins.

One Hundred Years Ago

January 21, 1921

E. L. Woods this week announced that he would start a first-class dairy in a few days. He has purchased all the equipment of I. D. Casey and Sons and is now purchasing a fine herd of tested cows.

Sheriff Springer and his officers celebrated the national prohibition anniversary Sunday by adding another still to the County’s collection. The still was found in College Place and held about fifteen gallons of mash and capable of running out about a quart an hour.

Lewis Atkinson has accepted a position as bookkeeper in the Waitsburg Mercantile Co., left vacant by the resignation of Miss Grace McCall.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

January 17, 1896

Miss Mabel Keiser is in Walla Walla this week visiting Miss Sophia Ormsbee.

E. W. McCann and J. B. Caldwell are representing this part of the country in the matter of jury work at this term of court.

R. O. Sanders and family arrived home on Monday for a three months visit among relatives and old friends in Indiana and Illinois. They had a delightful time, but after, “there’s no place like home.”


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