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Ten Years Ago

April 11, 2013

Columbia County Public Safety Communications is recognizing Barbara Phinney as the 2012 dispatcher of the year. Barbara has shown extraordinary devotion to the ideals and goals of public safety dispatching, a consistent spirit of teamwork and cooperation, being a model of personal integrity and honesty, and for serving as a role-model for others. Barbara was awarded this honor during the Columbia County Board of Commissioners meeting on April 3rd.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

April 16, 1998

[Photo Caption] The Annual Easter Egg Hunt, held Saturday in Preston Park, was a success, especially for this group of youngsters, who were lucky enough to find the prize eggs. Front row, from left: Chelsea Brannock, Christopher Ryckman, Miranda Cole, Jennifer Nichols, Amanda Harshman. Back row: Michelle Ward, Justin Zuger, KC Winger, Chris Carpenter, Nathan Moon, Felicia Brown, CJ Gossage.

Fifty Years Ago

April 12, 1973

The Bruce House is literally getting its face lifted this week as Albert Land and his crew raise the northeast corner of the house from its foundation. Since the house was built 90 years ago, it has sunk approximately five inches at that corner. The Land crew has leveled the house and is busy replacing the brick foundation. Replacement of the back proch is underway so that another entrance will be available. Sam Hall and other volunteers plan to start wiring the house so that electrical outlets will be available in each room. Digging under the house produced two bottles; one brown bottle ten inches high is imprinted "Warner's Safe Kidney and Liver Cure." The other of clear glass reads "Dr. King's New Discovery for Consumption." Also in the treasure trove is a brick with the message, "E. L. Powell, 1882."

Seventy-Five Years Ago

April 16, 1948

Muriel Roberts will be the valedictorian of the class of 1948 with Barbara Cockburn as salutatorian.

A renewed feature of the Days of Real Sport will be polo games between races at the Saturday and Sunday events.

The new country homes of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Harris, and Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Stonecipher are nearing completion and will be ready for occupancy by early summer.

One Hundred Years Ago

April 20, 1923

Mr. and Mrs. William Ehmke expect to move to Dayton about May 1st where Mr. Ehmke has been transferred by the Pacific Power & Light Company.

Zo Atkinson, Walter Taylor and Dick Roberts drove to Spokane Monday to attend a meeting of the Wheat Grower's Association.

Lawrence Mickelsen, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Mickelsen, who has been in Los Angeles for the past several months, arrived home Tuesday.

The Palm Club, Barnes and Meadows proprietors, have just completed installation of a fine new marble fountain in their soft drink and confectionary establishment.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

April 22, 1898

Mrs. Elma Brink is canvassing for the "Life of Miss Francis E. Willard," written by her private secretary Miss Anna Gordon. The book is exceedingly interesting and will make a valuable addition to your library.

W. J. Duncan and Howard Sarge left on Monday for the Snake River country where they will assist in shearing a large number of sheep.

Barton Z. Riggs and brother Ralph went to Dayton on bicycles on Monday.


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