20 years ago, Dec. 8, 1994
40 years ago, December 12, 1974
CLASS TO PRESENT ‘HILLBILLY WEDDIN’
“Hillbilly Weddin,” a popular spoof of mountain marrying is the first dramatic effort of the junior class of Liberty Bell High School. Some valley residents remember the play from 1968, when it was produced at Twisp High School.
This year’s cast consists of Wayne Walsh, Terry Sullivan, Jane Hintz, Diana Clifford, Dorene Gaston, Abbie Biram, Lynn Gardner, Lori Campbell, Ray Ellis, Bob Lloyd, Doug Webb, Vicki Echelbarger, Bonnie Badger, Leslie Bjerge, and Mark Seguin. Scheduled for Monday, Dec. 16, the play promises an evening of good old fashioned fun for everybody involved.
60 years ago, December 9, 1954
Just Rambling Thoughts … About our Valley
Snow came to the valley beginning last Thursday night. More Sunday and again today. In Twisp at press time there is about four or five inches today. There has been compact snow and ice on the highway between Carlton and Winthrop for the last week. But careful drivers have kept accidents at a minimum.
True to promises made, the street lights were put up Saturday, giving a colorful Christmas atmosphere to the town. Merchants windows also depict the season, particularly Dolores & Jack’s, where scenes have been painted on the windows by Mike Hadfield. Mike has shown his artistic ability on numerous occasions.
Street Supt. Clyde Ewell is out with his annual warning to car owners. Stay off the main street after midnight! This is necessary during snow plowing season, and it saves the town money, by being able to plow the street without interference by parked cars. All car owners are requested to cooperate with the street department.
The parties who robbed the Club Café and Valley Auto are still not apprehended, although officers believe the one negro still held had a part in the robberies. It is thought by Marshal Fred Horner there is a gang operating, probably from Grand Coulee, with the gang responsible for various robberies over the county.
Some odd sights have been seen this week as a result of the snow: Bill Lester shoveling snow at Winthrop…it was only a fleeting glance, however… Swede Logan leaning on a shovel…Abrams all mixed up with his seasons…he’s going around in his shirt sleeves…trying to prove winter isn’t here, and trying to sell Christmas toys…someone tell him!
80 years ago, Dec. 7, 1934
Control of State in Hands of Radical Inclined Coast Cities
Strength of the larger cities on the coast in controlling legislation through the medium of the initiative and referendum is shown by the results on the Bone power bill. Each of the 20 counties east of the Cascade mountains gave a majority against the measure but the vote of Seattle alone was sufficient to wipe out the east side majorities and make the measure law.
Those of the east side who voted against the proposal to give each county one member of the legislature, and who have consistently supported the initiative and referendum plan of legislation, have helped to place upon the citizenry of the state outside the big cities shackles that will be tightened from year to year as the cities work their will with regard to policies of the state. — Newport Miner
RURAL HOME BURNS
The fine country home of Claud Ferguson, the former J.D. Lyda residence on Fraser creek was totally destroyed in a blaze Monday evening that laid the structure low in a brief time.
Fire was discovered in an upstairs bedroom, but not until it had gained formidable headway, at about six o’clock. The house and practically all its contents were total loss with no insurance. The family, including Mr. Ferguson, Mrs. Marsh and her two children, saved a few pieces of furniture on the lower floor before the upstairs fell in. By the time near neighbors had reached the place the blaze was so hot they could not approach. The house was conservatively valued at $2000.
The family accepted refuge for the night at the nearby P.L. Filer home, and will move to their other property on the Hancock place as soon as the house can be vacated.
100 years ago, Dec. 11, 1914
NEWS OF THE SCHOOL — Katie Nickell, Editor.
One hundred and twenty dollars, all in crisp, crinkly ten dollar bills, was distributed Monday by the Superintendent to some twelve students. The occasion arose from the necessity of raising money with which to finish up the manual training department into a practical workshop. Four splendid benches, each sufficient to accommodate two students, are about completed, and the urgent necessity of more equipment is strongly felt. Heretofore, the boys have patiently worked with one set of tools, the size of an ordinary carpenter set, and though very good results have been obtained, a paying investment could be made in providing sufficient tools for the work. Each student is to use his ten dollars as capital, profits from which to apply as the first step in raising the amount necessary. Some very interesting and profitable results are expected from this unique experiment.
The first of a series of games of basket ball between the Winthrop and Twisp high schools was played last Sat. evening, Dec. 5, before a large and enthusiastic crowd. The boy’s team of Winthrop carried off first honors in a fast and exciting contest in which team work featured on both sides. The Twisp high school girls defeated the town team of Winthrop, 7-8. Over thirty young people went from this place, ably assisting on the side lines. Return games are scheduled for Dec. 18 at Fraternal Hall.