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Ten Years Ago

November 21, 2013

At 4:30 p.m. on a wet and windy Thursday afternoon, about a dozen students – from Kindergarten through 8th Grade – are warm and cozy at The Cardinal's Nest, engaged in constructive pursuits as they await the arrival of their parents. The Nest – Waitsburg's after-school program – is not only a sanctuary for students, but provides employment to area residents as well. The program began in 2003 when Executive Director Kathy Carpenter applied for and received a five-year grant to start a 21st Century Community Learning Center, as part of the No Child Left Behind Act. Carpenter, assisted by Hilary Hogan (Ahmann), started the fully-funded program in January 2004. "We didn't really know what we were doing," said Carpenter. "We just went for it!" The program quickly gained momentum, and it was not unusual to have up to 65 students after school each day.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

November 26, 1998

[Photo Caption] The Waitsburg Lions Club last week finished the savory task of smoking some 360 turkeys that they then sell for $25 each as a fund-raising project. The service club is instrumental in many community projects, mostly to benefit Waitsburg young people. Lions Robert Danforth and Jim Hofer check a batch ready to come out of the smoking pit and be packaged in accordance to strict food service standards.

Fifty Years Ago

November 22, 1973

Mrs. Chester Keiser was honored at an open house Sunday afternoon, Nov. 18 in observance of her 80th birthday. Hosts for the event were Mr. and Mrs. Denney Neace, Mrs. Imogene Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Pollard of Walla Walla, and Dr. Orville Burgner of Spokane. The beautiful two-tiered cake centered the serving table which was covered with an embroidered linen cloth made by Mrs. Keiser. The cake was a dainty confection of white lattice and yellow roses and was topped by an arrangement of fresh yellow roses and daisies. Mrs. Joyce Mantz presided at the coffee service and the cake was served by Mrs. Lucille Colvard of Walla Walla. Dining room hostesses were Mrs. Kenneth Gohlman and Mrs. Jim Wood with Mrs. Ed Henley and Mrs. Earl Smith assisting.

Seveny-Five Years Ago

November 26, 1948

In recognition of long and faithful service as superintendent of the Methodist Sunday School in Waitsburg, Orville Fullerton was honored at a potluck dinner Sunday afternoon in the parish rooms of the church. During the dinner he was presented with a gift.

Mr. and Mrs. Hesper Archer returned Thursday morning from New York City where Mrs. Archer attended the National Council of Camp Fire Girls as representative of Region IV.

Carolyn Egli and Betty Lou Klundt were elected cheerleaders for the grade school during the coming basketball season.

One Hundred Years Ago

November 30, 1923

Harvey Stonecipher entertained 25 of his school friends at a birthday party Friday night at his home on Main Street. Clever games and music furnished entertainment for evening after which a brunch was served by Mrs. Stonecipher.

Leland Kessler, Elmer Sayers and Dwight Schiltz returned Monday from a hunting trip over near Kahlotus. The boys say the ducks and geese were flying too high to make much of a record bag.

Mr. and Mrs. C. Thalman this week leased the Gus Mock 20-acre tract a mile or so west of town for a term of years and will take possession immediately.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

December 2, 1898

The Dickinson family met at the large residence of Hon. A. C. Dickinson on Thanksgiving Day to partake a bountiful feast such as Mr. and Mrs. Dickinson know so well how to arrange. About forty guests were present – all relatives of the family.

The Thanksgiving Ball given by the Waitsburg Band last Thursday evening was a success both socially and financially. The Armory Hall was artistically decorated and there was not a single incident to mar the evening. The band boys were well pleased with the result as they cleared about $30.00, a sum that will materially aid them.


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