20 years ago  – July 1, 1993hist-swimmers

Super Swimmers – Tom Clark and Misty Gage were just two of many on the Methow Valley Swim Team who helped win the Championship trophy at a Brewster Swim Meet last Saturday. But they were the only two swimmers to win all blue ribbons at the meet, competing against four other teams.


40 years ago – July 5, 1973

Group Seeks Development of Washington Cascades Vacationland
The discovery of Washington’s vast beautiful Cascade Mountains as America’s newest tourist attraction prompted a meeting of community leaders at Sun Mountain Lodge on June 29.

About 75 persons representing Chambers of Commerce, private business, and government in Twisp, Winthrop, Omak, Okanogan, Tonasket, Marblemount, Anacortes, Chelan, Grand Coulee, Wenatchee, Leavenworth, and Yakima attended the meeting aimed at establishing a common effort in controlling and developing the tourist industry in Washington’s Cascades Vacationland.

Every community has been affected by the tremendous increase in visitors to the Cascades. Facilities geared to controlling the smooth flow of visitors throughout the area are needed.

In an effort to solve this problem, Twisp Chamber President Dave Anderson proposed a visitor center, to be located in Twisp, serving all of North Central Washington as well as perhaps some areas of Western Washington.

Visualize, he said, a tourist family, strangers to the Methow Valley, passing through on a vacation trip over the scenic North Cascades Highway. Dad is interested in filling the rig with gas and finding a place to bunk down. Mom is looking forward to some sightseeing right after she finds a place to buy postcards. Sis is hungry. And junior has his heart set on going swimming.

It could channel visitors not only to Methow Valley points of interest, but on through to the Okanogan Valley and the Grand Coulee Dam area.


60 years ago – July 2, 1953

Stock Car Racers to Compete Here July 4-5
Stock car racers will make their bid for points and cash in the two-day race meet on the Twisp Speedway, Saturday and Sunday, July 4th and 5th. A spirited battle is going on among drivers for the trophy to be given to the driver having the highest point total at the end of the season.  Two local drivers, Wally Stewart and Johnny Goodwin are right up at the top at the present time. Time trials will get underway at 1:30 each day.  Races will include trophy dash, heat races and a main event.


80 years ago –  June 30, 1933

Help to entertain the C.C.C. Boys. Free barbecue, with coffee, cream and sugar, served at Noon. Bring your other lunch materials, and dishes you desire, and be prepared to enjoy yourself for the whole day – Baseball Series (Admission, 25¢ each game), Tug of War, Amateur Sports, Prominent Speaker, Patriotic Program, Band Music, Picture Show, Smoker, Dancing (admission, 50¢).

Twisp will have everything to keep all the people right here in the home town having the time of their lives celebrating the nation’s birthday anniversary.  The little city, according to Chairman Everett Stokes, will be all dolled up in the national colors. You come and see.


100 years ago – July 4, 1913

Your Uncle Samuel is 137 years old today, on this glorious 4th of July. Sam got all but ten years on the start of the Methow Valley News, but within a short time, we will be half as old as our beloved uncle.

What bright scholar can tell us in what year this would occur?

J. L. Newman, the harness man, is this week putting in a gravel crossing in front of his place, under supervision of the town council street committee.

Mr. Newman feels grateful to the council for the permission, and the improvement will be one of public convenience, that they may reach the harness store without getting their tootsy-wootsies inundated in wet weather.

Compiled by Marilyn Bardin