Compiled by Marilyn Bardin

20 years ago  – May 19, 1994 

2,000 FEET IN THE AIR. Glen Schmekel’s third grade class shot off the rockets they built using cardboard and plastic. The students painted and attached flags to their rockets so that they were distinguishable. The rockets’ B6-4 engines were ignited by an electrical charge, which sent the science projects skyward.

2,000 FEET IN THE AIR. Glen Schmekel’s third grade class shot off the rockets they built using cardboard and plastic. The students painted and attached flags to their rockets so that they were distinguishable. The rockets’ B6-4 engines were ignited by an electrical charge, which sent the science projects skyward.

40 years ago – May , 1974

Large crowd attends first Liberty Bell High graduation

The candlelight ceremony was attended by a capacity crowd who witnessed the first graduation of a senior class in the consolidated district.

The 50 member class had chosen the colors of green, gold and white as their class colors and a rose as their flower. The girls wore white gowns and the boys wore green with the girls carrying a single yellow rose.

The class motto was “To Take Each Step in Life As it Comes”, a theme prevalent in the speeches of the evening.

The name of Tom Days was omitted from the presentation of the graduating seniors during commencement exercises, May 30. Days completed all the requirements essential for graduation and was one of 12 classmates who was released from school in March. He then joined the Navy and was unable to be home to graduate with his class.

The Methow valley people and the senior class wish to offer congratulations on his graduation to Days and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Danny Days, Twisp.

Days is stationed at the naval facility in San Diego, CA. An older brother, John, also enlisted in the service upon graduation from high school and is completing his obligation to the military.

News from Mazama

The High School Honor Society left May 17 on a trip and were gone several days. They first went to Seattle, where they visited many interesting places, then took the ferry to Vancouver, B.C. About 17 young people went on the trip. Mrs. Terri Boesel and Arlene Burkhart went as chaperones for the girls and LeRoy Rieber as chaperone for the boys. Going from here were Dick Fuller, Jane Hintz and Aaron Lee Burkhart, in addition to Arlene Burkhart as chaperone.

60 years ago – May 20, 1954

Twisp High School graduating class

Delores Yocum, Louise Mantei, Nada Stenz, Maxine Tuttle, Lorene Dodge, Nellie Parks, Shirlee Graves, Charlotte Foster, Lois Foster, Jean Cramer, Vic Wortman, Paul Knapp, Ron Anderson, Mickey Nickell, Bob Lucky, Molly Longmoor, Karen Filer, Pat Power and Carolee Bucher.

Little League teams to be picked Friday

A large group of eager junior leaguers turned out for practice Monday night, and got a fairly good workout in spite of the fact that most of the equipment failed to show up.

Jug Jolley, who has been working with the youngsters has announced that Friday night the teams will be picked, as there are enough boys turning out for three teams. The Twisp Merc has taken on the sponsorship of the third team. The other two sponsors are Dolores and Jack’s and Freddie’s Chevron Service.

The boys will be grouped as to age, with each of the three teams being allowed so many boys of the different age groups. In view of the fact that tomorrow night will be the night the teams will be selected, it is important that all boys wanting to play in the league be on hand. Games will probably start next week.

The team coaches will be Jug Jolly, Dave Johnston and Claude Watkins. Time set for practice tomorrow is 4:30 p.m.

80 years ago – May 18, 1934

Teachers chosen for next school year

Two new faces will be seen on the faculty of Twisp schools in the next school term, Miss Jane Allen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Allen being selected on the high school corps, and Miss Caroline Lehman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Lehman, for the third and fourth grades. The new instructors take the places of Misses Velma Batie and Bertha Schiebner, who have decided to take a year off from school work, declining both preferment of Twisp and other schools. The new members of Twisp school faculty come with highest preparation for the work they are assigned to, and will add new talent to Twisp schools.

It will be noted with general satisfaction that the two new members of the faculty are also young ladies grown up in an understanding community, and are quite sure to give Twisp schools further impetus in school work. Both are just returning from noted schools of higher education. The school board is again to be congratulated in their efficient selections, it being no small task to satisfactorily fill the places of the two retiring teachers.

100 years ago – May 22, 1914

Commencement

Commencement exercises of the Methow Valley’s and Twisp’s first high school graduating class were held in Fraternal hall Friday evening, and the occasion was welcomed by a very large attendance of people from many sections of the upper valley, the spacious hall being filled to its utmost.

The stage and auditorium were beautifully decorated with a profusion of flowers and foliage, and the class colors of lavender and white, and the class flower, the lilac. It all made a pretty scene, giving a fine setting to the auspicious occasions.

The five members of the 1914 graduating class are Mr. Herald Bolin, Misses Marguerite Cotton, Olive and Clara Thurlow, and Dora Wilcox. The exercises were opened with the singing by the audience of the “Star Spangled Banner”, followed by the invocation by Rev. W. L. Singer. Miss Cotton, valedictorian, delivered a fine oration, W. O. Dow, of Wenatchee, gave the class address, and a number of vocal and instrumental solos by local talent, made the evening one to be long remembered as the dawn of a new era in the valley’s educational institutions.