Compiled by Nisqually Valley News staff
Enjoy these snapshots of articles written in past issues of the Nisqually Valley News from 45, 35, 25 and 15 years ago, respectively.
A Look Back at This Week, 45 Years Ago:
– Kenna Rai Aarstad, 11, a resident of Tacoma, drowned in the Centralia Power hydroelectric canal. She had been playing near the bridge at the end of Crystal Springs Road, when she tumbled into the current.
– The grand opening of an expanded private pilot training center of Western Air Park was set to run July 10-11, 1976.
– The film, “The West of Charles Russell,” was set to be featured at the Yelm Timberland Library’s weekly family film night, depicting the artist’s work over the years.
– Harold Strong, of Rainier, and Janet Bates, of Longview, applied for a marriage license at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office.
– Mary Hoffman, of Yelm, was named to the dean’s list at Centralia College for the spring semester of 1976.
– “Thomas H. Brockmeier, 25, a resident of Olympia, was killed instantly in a single-auto accident on Algyer Road, four miles east of Rainier,” reported the Nisqually Valley News.
– “Mr. and Mrs. James Endez” were set to celebrate their golden anniversary on Sunday, July 18, 1976.
A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago:
– Chiropractor Raymond F. Kent took over Dan Bezon’s practice, naming it Nisqually Valley Chiropractic.
– More than 7,300 people rejected a proposed two-year contract by Weyerhaeuser in the ongoing strike of 1986.
– Pastor Jim Foster, of McKenna Community Church, enthusiastically promoted the organization’s vacation bible school, which was set to start July 14. “We’re geared up for adventure,” Foster told the Nisqually Valley News.
– The 1986 Yelm Prairie Days was set to begin July 19. Banners advertising the annual festival appeared all over town and the Nisqually Valley News published information on how folks could sign up for the parade.
– A special Thurston County Rural Health Services program was set to roll through town July 16, 1986. Immunizations, women’s reproductive health and well-child exams were among the offerings.
– The Yelm Eagles had a variety of events planned for July 1986, including an auxiliary yard and garage sale set to run from July 11-12, 1986, and an Aerie dance July 19, 1986, at the Rainier Sportsman Club.
– Pamela K. Kruse, a freshman at Yelm High School, received a 4.0 grade-point average for the school spring trimester.
A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago:
– Adam Wood became the first Yelm Police Department bike patrolling police officer in 1996.
– After one teenager fell asleep at the wheel, striking a tree, he and his teenage passenger were seriously injured and the vehicle burst into flames. Yelmite Eddie Windsor, 36, pulled the two out of the fire before the worst could have happened.
– Highway hypnosis was a serious issue that plagued thousands in 1996, killing about 100,000 people nationally.
– Delta Airlines Captain Mike Kimbrei landed a former Western Airlines passenger plane, a DC1, near an excited crowd along the 3,200-foot grass airstrip at the annual Cougar Mountain Fly-In.
– Yelm High School graduate Chelle Dalager donated a kidney to her brother, Mike Dalager, who suffered from kidney failure due to lupus.
– Drew Harvey Theater celebrated its one-year anniversary with a tribute to Benjamin Franklin, played by Norman Cohen.
– Earl J. Anderson, of Roy, died on June 11, 1995. He was born in 1908 and was a 1926 graduate of Roy High School.
A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago:
– An escaped bull, a family pet, was allegedly terrorized by neighboring dogs with a bad reputation. The bull escaped its home and went on a rampage, ending in its death by police gunfire.
– Headless and footless remains found near Roy, initially believed to be human, were determined to be a bear. “The head was gone, the feet were gone,” Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Ed Troyer told the Nisqually Valley News. “Somebody’s probably got them up on their wall.”
– A couple who purchased an old dairy farm allowed Pierce County firefighters to burn down a century-old barn, which was unsafe to move, in a training exercise so that the family could build their new home in the space.
– An 80-mile gas pipeline running from Puyallup through the Nisqually River near Yelm was set to be completed in November 2006.
– Russell Hendrickson was named Yelm City Council’s seventh member on July 27, 2006.
– Yelm High School graduate Janet Harding, who was set to compete in the Miss Washington Pageant, was plagued with an unknown serious illness that hospitalized her, sidelining the beauty queen from the statewide contest. She was a former people’s choice winner in the Miss Whatcom County pageant.
– Yelm School Board Member Ed Sorger took a job as the Evergreen State College police chief in 2006.
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