Compiled by Marilyn Bardin

20 years ago  — May 5, 1994
LAST GENERATION.  Mail carrier and noted photographer Dick Webb smiles from the other side of the camera only days before his retirement. Photo from the Methow Valley News archives.

LAST GENERATION. Mail carrier and noted photographer Dick Webb smiles from the other side of the camera only days before his retirement. Photo from the Methow Valley News archives.

40 years ago —  May 9, 1974
Chet Endrizzi “at it again”

The renovation of Winthrop continues with Chet Endrizzi and Howard Weller busy touching up with paint different weathered areas in the old western mining town.

Weller said that ranchers who have not yet had their brand burnt into the Branding Iron Board may do so May 15. There will be a forge set up so ranchers can heat their iron and brand the board themselves.

Endrizzi is preparing to paint a large mural on the side of the Okanogan Electric Co-Op.


Sawmill’s future looks bright

Representative of Crown Zellerbach, recent purchasers of Biles-Coleman Lumber Co., assured Methow Valley residents Tuesday night of the stability their company brings to an area, and said there are no plans to modify the Twisp plant other than completion of projects currently underway.


Mother’s Day is this Sunday

Sunday, May 12 is Mother’s Day, a day set aside to honor the mothers of this nation for the love they have given their children, their home and their country.

Whether you buy your mother an expensive gift or simply say “I love you”, she will know that you recognize and appreciate the many things she’s done for you — and that’s all that matters to her.

If your mother has passed away, take time to remember her for that is her immortality.


60 years ago — May 6, 1954
Rambling thoughts in our valley

It seems a coincidence that two recent fires at Winthrop should have started, or been discovered at approximately the same time…just a week apart…the fire at the Winthrop school just could have forced consolidation of the Twisp and Winthrop schools in a hurry … We have the word of Dick Barber, district highway supervisor at Wenatchee that the valley road will get oil just as soon the weather will permit, and if for no other reason, Methowites are hoping for warm weather right now … we have had enough dust! … It is good to see Bob Goehry without his handlebar mustache … John Ayers presided at the Winthrop Kiwanis club Tuesday, having returned from his eastern trip … Al Loeffler gave an account of his experience with the Twisp high school band at the blossom festival, and the Twisp Kiwanis club enjoyed his account. The community can be proud of its band director, and of the band which performed well in its maiden trip to the blossom festival.


Aunt Hettie…

Maybe that bit of sarcasm about the weather last week helped a little as the weatherman sure seems to be on our side at last. Now if it will do any good, I’ll order a darn nice two or three day rain. Not enough to cause a flood of course but to wet the pasture down good, bring up all the spring seedlings and then lay off for a while. Then it can rain again early in June and again in July. There now, I’ve got my order in and we’ll see if it works.


80 years ago —  May 4, 1934
An editor’s lament

The editor of a rural weekly unbosoms himself in the following way: “Getting out a high class family journal is no picnic. If I print jokes, folks say I am silly; if I don’t they say I’m too serious. If I publish original matter they say I lack variety; if I publish things from other papers they say I’m too lazy to write. If I don’t go to church they say I’m a heathen; if I do go I’m a hypocrite. If I stay in the office, I ought to be out rustling the news; if I rustle for news I am not attending to business at the office. If I wear old clothes they say I’m a sloven; if I wear new ones they say I must be making a pile of money, or the clothes aren’t paid for. What in thunderation is a poor editor to do anyhow? Like as not somebody will say I swiped this article from some other paper. So I did.”


100 years ago —  May 8, 1914
Record butter shipment

The Methow Valley Creamery, our barometer of local prosperity, the only gold mine yet in the producing class in this immediate vicinity, who ships golden bricks regularly, made its record shipment of butter on Monday of this week, when thirty cases were forwarded to Wenatchee or 1800 pounds of butter. The largest shipment ever made heretofore at one time was twenty six cases. Manager Logan, who handed us a check this morning for $84 worth of butter paper, classified by the country printer as a “welcome caller,” states the output of the local plant will increase now by leaps and bounds, and they will soon excel this record shipment by half a dozen cases, as a regular thing, it is hoped.



This month sees an unusual number of auction sales in this vicinity, the News having printed bills for three different ones last Saturday.

We are informed that the road over the mountains is again open to travel, though not yet free of snow or timber falls. It is said that, in an emergency, one can get through with a team.



The commencement exercises, commemorating the passing of the first graduating class from the Twisp high school, will be held Friday, May 29, in the Twisp Fraternal hall. This event is of special significance, marking, as it does, not only the first graduating class from Twisp, but from the Methow Valley also. It is undoubtedly pleasing to those who have worked for the growth and betterment of this school to know that it is now fully accredited, and these young people, as well as others who will go out from it in the future, are on a plane with the graduates from any high school in the state.