Compiled by Marilyn Bardin

20 years ago  – May 19, 1994 

A very pleasant sight. The Winthrop Emporium reconstruction project is proceeding as scheduled. Carpenters have been working seven days a week to adhere to the construction schedule. Shopkeepers displaced by last November’s arson fire are anxiously awaiting for their retail spaces to be available. The tentative completion date is still mid July 1994. The arson investigation is continuing.

A very pleasant sight. The Winthrop Emporium reconstruction project is proceeding as scheduled. Carpenters have been working seven days a week to adhere to the construction schedule. Shopkeepers displaced by last November’s arson fire are anxiously awaiting for their retail spaces to be available. The tentative completion date is still mid July 1994. The arson investigation is continuing.

40 years ago – May , 1974

Welcome to Winthrop ’49er Days – Coronation Friday night opens gala weekend

The Coronation Program and Variety Show, which will start off the 29th annual ’49er Days festivities, will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, May 24 at Liberty Bell High School.

Featured will be the traditional “mellerdrammer”, this year written by Edith Nelson, Carlton, in the spirit of the ’49er Days.

The lively Can-Can girls and an offering by the Methow Valley Square Dancers will keep the program lively as will other hilarious entertainment.

The Coronation of ’49er Royalty, Queen Patti Evans, Princess Michelle Stevie, and Karee Waller and the ’49er Grand Lady, Mercedes Hotchkiss will climax the evening’s entertainment.

Originally advertised to be held in the old Evergreen Store, the final word is that it will be at Liberty Bell High School.

Gals “Ms’-ed it by one!

The ladies rolled up their sleeves and nearly forced the boys on the ONB bowling team to their knees recently in a challenge match.

The male chauvinists showed up at the alley ready to humiliate the ONB ladies team with their superior bowling skills. However, when the final tally came, the boys won the series by one shaky pin – 2811 to 2810!

High games were posted by Virginia Campbell with 175 and 168, and Berna Carr 164. Big guns for the men were Terry McCabe with 200, Jim Campbell 182, and 178.

When asked by a News reporter, an anonymous spokesman for the boys said, “We don’t want to talk about it!”

60 years ago – May 20, 1954

Students make prize poppy posters

Last week a number of Twisp school students made poppy posters for the American Legion Auxiliary, sponsors of Poppy Days, on May 21 and 22. Of the posters, first prize went to Gail Gardner and second prize to Sheldon Thew. Others making the posters were Marilyn Rendell, Hazel Garrison, Willard Brooks, Janett Stentz, Mary McCauley and Barbara Honey.

The Legion Auxiliary wishes to thank the students for their fine work and contribution in helping to sell poppies. Through the sale of poppies, veterans are benefitted.

Trafficamera car visits the Valley

Patrolman Ivan Gelseth, accompanied by Sergeant Black of the State Patrol was in the valley Wednesday in the state’s Trafficamera car, the only one of its kind in the state at the present time.

The car has been operating in the state for the past year, traveling to all parts of the state with Patrolman Gelseth as its operator. The camera records each violation just as it occurred. Speed of car is recorded and time is figured down to seconds. While still in the experimental stage, it is the plan of the State Patrol to adopt its own photography equipment to be used in cars throughout the state. 

The safety program in the state of Washington is paying off in lives saved and every driver should feel a responsibility to cooperate in the safety campaign.

80 years ago – May 18, 1934

Many fine turkeys

Mrs. D. W. Holland, living east of Twisp, was in town yesterday attending the Carlton Ladies Aid meeting at the Bigelow home. She called at the News office and reports a bunch of fine young incubator turkeys have been hatched and are making good progress, and another hatch now ready. Mrs. Holland is quite proficient in poultry raising.

Winthrop and Mazama win in Sunday games

Fast baseball was seen on the Winthrop diamond Sunday by teams of the valley league when Twisp,  the visiting  team took their first defeat of the season, losing to Winthrop in a ten-inning game by a score of 3 to 4.

Carlton suffered somewhat heavier losses in their play at Mazama being taken to the cleaners by a 29-1 score.

The schedule reverses the play for next Sunday, Winthrop at Twisp, and Mazama at Carlton.

100 years ago – May 22, 1914

Decoration Day May 30

Decoration day exercises will be held in the Beaver Creek schoolhouse Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m. A program is being arranged and will be published in next week’s paper. It is important that all who can should attend these services, and all who have flowers should contribute liberally, so that all unmarked graves will receive their share.

Straw-Reynaud

C. F. Straw, one of the valley’s most popular young men, and Miss Marie B. Reynaud, one of its most charming young ladies, stole a march on their many friends when they were united in marriage at the home of the bride on Saturday evening at 7:30. W. L. Singer officiating. The ceremony was witnessed by only a few of the relatives and friends of the contracting parties.

The groom has been a resident of the valley for the past two years and will be remembered by many of our readers for his most efficient services as umpire of the local ball games and as coach of the high school basketball team.

The bride is the daughter of Jean and Claudine Reynaud, is a member of the Twisp High school and a leading figure in the girls’ school basketball team.

The happy young couple expect to spend their honeymoon in the mountains near the Beaver-Salmon creek divide where the groom will be employed in the survey crew, which will be engaged in running a line for the new highway connecting this valley with the county seat.