The Times 



December 29, 2022

Ten Years Ago

December 27, 2012

In all our community news coverage this year, we’ve overlooked an important landmark – a birthday. Waitsburg’s venerable Commercial club is more than a century old. Its current stationary lists its origin as 1912 and Waitsburg’s “One Of A Kind” history indicates it dates back to 1911. According to the book compiled by Vance Orchard and published by the Waitsburg Historical Society, a special meeting of the Improvement Club on March 18, 1911, brought an end to that entity and launched the Waitsburg Commercial Club. At the time a small group began drafting bylaws, 106 members had signed up and on July 7, 1911, a big housewarming party was attended “by 200 men from Walla Walla, Dayton, and Waitsburg.” Bylaws were adopted and W. B. Shaffer was installed as the first president. Its 2012 president is Joy Smith, owner of Hugs, Gifts & Collectables on Main Street, who has brought enthusiasm and energy to the group.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

January 1, 1998

Traveling is one of Waitsburg basketball player Jane Conover’s favorite activities – except when she has the ball. The traveling we refer to, of course, is the kind involving airplanes and suitcases, not referees and whistles. Conover, a 16-year-old junior at Waitsburg High School, was a member of a Northwest Basketball Camps (NBC) touring team that traveled in Great Britain, Scotland, and France last summer, playing basketball, building relationships, and fostering international relations. Conover is the daughter of Larry and Pam Conover of Waitsburg.

Fifty Years Ago

December 28, 1972

[Photo Caption] Val Woodworth (33) of the Cards stretches for a rebound against Dayton’s Stan Hendrickson while Pat Davis (51) moves in on the play. Dayton topped the Cardinals to win a third place.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

January 2, 1948

Joyce Tuttle entertained at a formal dinner party Monday evening at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Tuttle. Guests included Bob Danforth, Barbara Cockburn, Betty Williamson, Bill Allen, Sue Collings, Bill Zuger, Marilyn Otterson, Wally Lowery, Delores Egli, Jack Roberts, Mary Shaffer, Gerald Gibson, Betty Baim, Cecil Webber, Molly Kellogg, Wally Winnett, Muriel Roberts, Bob Wardrip and Lloyd Beckley. Dancing followed the dinner.

Mr. and Mrs. B. O. Porter returned home last Monday from a three-month’s trip which took them 11,728 miles thru North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

One Hundred Years Ago

January 5, 1923

The Franklin touring car belonging to Dr. F. H. Carve together with the garage in which it was housed, was completely destroyed by fire at about 2:30 o’clock Monday morning.

Smith Philips, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Philips of this city, left for Seattle Saturday where he is going to work in the carpenter department of the car shops.

Lloyd’s Market has recently installed a late model American Slicing machine. The machine slices boiled ham, dried beef, bacon, etc. at any thickness you desire. Housewives will appreciate this convenience.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

December 31, 1897

Tomorrow, Jan. 1 Hon. A. C. Lloyd will step down and out of the position of register of the Walla Walla land office, and his successor John Hill will take possession. Mr. Lloyd has been an efficient officer, an honor to the responsible position.

Miss Ruth Arnold, one of the best and most popular teachers in the Dayton schools, is spending the holidays with her mother in this city.

Robert Sanders and family were out on their Spring Valley farm Monday enjoying the spring-like weather and returned with a supply of fresh meat. Robert having brought along whetted butcher knives and a gun whereby several fine porkers paid the penalty of being hogs.


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