20 years ago — January 8, 1994

Pearl’s going for the 11th race

January 22 is the date for the 11th Annual Freeze Yer Buns Run featuring 90-year old participant Pearl Clark who is expecting to pick up the pineapple prize for being the oldest runner. All participants receive a t-shirt and are eligible for the grand prize drawing for a one- week vacation for two in Hawaii. Prizes are also awarded to winners of the costume contest.


Environmental group still active after 18 years

The Methow Valley Citizens Council was formed in 1975 to oppose the development of a destination ski resort in Mazama – the Early Winters Ski Resort, a destination resort capable of handling 8,200 skiers at one time. Early Winters Resorts Inc., the last proponents of the destination downhill ski resort at Mazama lost title of the 1,200 acres in a foreclosure sale in the summer of 1992 to the R.D. Merrill Company.


Minimum wage rises to $4.90 per hour

Washington’s minimum wage will increase to $4.90 per hour for all workers age 16 and older on January 1, 1994.With the increase, the state’s minimum wage exceeds the federal minimum wage by 65 cents an hour.



40 years ago – January 3, 1974 

NEIGHBOR! … if you settle in the Methow Valley in 1974, or if you are one of our long-time friends, allow us to fill your orders from the finest stocks of merchandise in the ENTIRE NORTHWEST TERRITORY!

historyTWISP: Abrams Chevrolet, Antlers Tavern, Big M Drive-in, Jim “Tiny” Brennan, Broken Spoke, Brooks Mercantile, Cascade Auto Supply, Chase’s — Bob & Louise Grim, Commercial Insurance Agency, Dick’s Mobile Service, Duane’s Shell Service & Heating Oils, Elma’s Variety Store, Estes & Yeaple Pre-Mix, Evergreen Store, Hi-Way Market, Hi-Way Radio-Electric, Hoot Owl Café, Horseshoe Mobile Home Park, Idle-A-White Motel, King’s Tire Service, Mack Lloyd, Inc., Melton’s Auto Center, Methow Valley Building Center, Methow Valley Lanes, Methow Valley News, Methow Valley Realty, Mikell’s Beauty Shop, Old National Bank, Rainier Telephone Co., Seguins Beauty & Barber Shop, Stan’s Chevron Service, Sunny Steer Land & Ranch Co., Tall-Ho, Twisp Electric, Twisp Feed Store, Twisp River Lodge, Ulrich Valley Pharmacy, Valley Auto Repair, Valley Department Store, Valley Thrift Store, Wagon Wheel Drive-In, WINTHROP: Al’s Texaco & Grocery, Evergreen Store, Farmers State Bank, Guide Post Realty, H&J’s Hardware, Higbee’s Cabinet Works, North Cross-State Realty, Sam’s Place, The Corral, 3-Fingered Jack’s, VIP Agency, Virginian Motel & Drive-In, Winthrop Palace.



60 years ago — January 7, 1954

Methow gets the first 1954 baby

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bergenholtz are the parents of a daughter born in Okanogan County on New Year’s. She has been named Leslie Diane and joins two brothers and one sister in the home.


From The Yello Jacket: School to have annual this year.

Since the student body in the past few years has wanted to earn annuals but failed because of lack of subscriptions, the teachers decided to let the students either pay $4.00 for their annuals outright or to earn the $4.00 by selling magazine subscriptions. This idea seems to have worked quite well as 64 annuals were earned and 46 were paid for by the students.



80 years ago — January 12, 1934

Weather insufficient yet to make ice rink

If we get weather cold enough to freeze the water, we’ll yet have some skating. Everything is now dependent on the weatherman — he alone is the master of our destinies with regard to ice skating on this particular pond. The rink was a source of much fine sport last winter, gay throngs smoothly gliding about in the afternoons, and in the evenings by electric lighting.


Local and Personal

Dick Horn, who returned from the outside last week went to the Azurite mine Monday to clear the buildings of snow, also to check up on supplies which would be needed. He stopped at the supply camp at Robinson creek on his way in, which is in charge of Mr. and Mrs. Tye this winter, Mr. Tye doing mechanical work on the large cats and other machinery, getting ready for the season’s work at the mine.


Officers of the Twisp Valley Grange, #482, for 1934

The following officers were installed at the joint installation at Brewster recently: Master, George I. Shaw, Overseer, Hannah Jones, Lecturer, Jessie Schmidt, Secretary, Viva Libby, Treasurer, Ida Shaw, Chaplain, T.E. Parkinson, Steward, A.C. Erwin, Assistant Steward, Clarence Hayes, Lady assistant steward, Julia Salmon, Gate keeper, Ralph Hillborn, Ceres, May Lipp, Pomona, Myrtle Hayes, Flora, Grace Johnson, Executive Committee, L.A. Coffin, A.J. Johnston, T.J. Salmon.



100 years ago — January 2, 1914

Six feet of ore

S.S. Callahan, owner of the Caywash mining property on Goat creek, in the upper valley, three miles up that stream from the Methow river, who came down the first of the week from the property, states the workmen have broken into a good body of copper and gold ore with the last few shots, disclosing a vein about six feet wide, with well defined walls. A specimen of the ore was sent to the main office at Kennewick. Development has been made by following in on a smaller ore vein, and Mr. Callahan believes they are now getting near to the main ore body. Continuous work is being done. Mr. Callahan returned to the property yesterday.



In the short time that the Ridge family has been at the head of the local telephone exchange, they report the installation of forty-four new phones in this vicinity, and prospects flourishing. They state a new directory will be published in the early spring, when the business gets settled down so that a directory would be effective for a spell. Substantial extensions of the system are contemplated for the year.

A garrulous drunk, hauled up in the police court last week, was full of information as to how police courts should be run, and how town cops should do their work. He drew $10 and costs, but better still, has left town.