75 years ago, Friday, April 7-14, 1937
- G. M. Scott, local Ford dealer, started a crew of a dozen men at work on a new garage building next to his service station this past week. The building, which is of laminated wood construction covered with sheet iron, will have a large showroom in which to display cars, with a shop and storage space at the rear. Mr. Scott purchased the property from L. A. Gillespie, who had started to build a theater. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Pepper are opening their new store on South Main for business on April 2. The new store, which they will call the Corner Grocery, is across the street and a little north of the Texaco Station. Fire, which broke out sometime early Thursday morning in the Ben Prince store in Oroville, completely ruined the interior of the store and made an almost total loss of the stock. The exact origin of the fire is unknown except that it started in the basement. A new cold storage locker plant was being installed in the store. The Overtop Mining Corporation, operating the Poland China Mine on Mary Ann Creek between Molson and Chesaw, is making preparations, to go into production as soon as they can install a new 50 ton capacity ball mill. The Oroville Pharmacy changed hands Wednesday morning when L. W. Lamoreaux took possession after completing a deal for it’s purchase from Chas. A. Bodie, the first of the week. The Third Annual May Day celebration is scheduled April 30 at the Fair Grounds. The candidates for queen are: Doris Johnson, Barbara Jean Norelius, Bernice Engstrom, Elizabeth Smith, Bernadine Smith and Juanita DeMerchant. Postmaster Grube announced that there are two drop letter rates in Oroville; one cent for delivery at the post office and two cents for delivery on the route. Groceries: Heinz soup, large, 2 cans for $.25; Durkees Salad Dressing, one quart, $.35; Coffee, 3 pound can, $.79. As for Oroville Canning Company; We are now signing contract for Tomatoes and Asparagus. We also have Asparagus plants
50 Years Ago, Friday, April 5-12, 1962
- Open House was held Sunday, April 1 from 2 to 5 o’clock at Diamonds Store in Molson, honoring C.L. Diamond for 50 years service as a merchant in Molson. Mr. and Mrs. Diamond and daughter, Virginia, came to Molson in 1912. Another daughter, Dorothy and a son, Stanley, were born in Molson. Mrs. Diamond passed away in 1924. Eleven top students have been named to the Oroville High School scholastic team. Students named are: Seniors, Mary Zosel, Tracy Scott, Paul Zosel; Juniors, Marsha Harnasch, Nancy Gadberry, Joanne Anderson, Anne Robinson, Martha Lawless and Sophomores, Patricia Sagli, Raymond Wilson and Angie Milicia. Students of the Oroville High School elected Marie Kirkwood as their Queen of the May. Bill Ecklor was re-elected to head the May Day Committee for this year. Mrs. Ken Kirkwood was elected as Secretary for her second term. John Lawson was chosen to take charge of the parade again while Cleland Emry will be in charge of the barbecue. The Oroville Hornets baseball team, after trailing the Bridgeport Mustangs by a 4-1 score, pushed four runs across in the sixth inning and held off the Mustangs to win 5-4 at Bridgeport. Arrangements were completed Monday of this week whereby Warren Carey, Dean Stansbury and Dale Allen purchased the Brownson Lumber Companies with businesses in both Oroville and Tonasket. The new business will be known as The Triangle Building Supplies. Real Estate: Large house with 263 feet lake front and full basement, full price $16,000. Will consider trade for town property; 4 rental units, three furnished, $11,000.00. Live in one and rent three for income. Groceries: Red and ripe tomatoes, $.19 lb.; Halibut Steaks, $.49 lb; Oranges, 2 lb. $.29; Avocados, 2 for $.19; Center cut rib pork chops, $.59 per lb. April 12: Stone’s Resort, located on the east side of Wannacut Lake, offers patrons of the lodge one of the most beautiful spots for scenery that can be found. The resort consists of ten units. The Molson Board of Education met with the Oroville Board of Education at Oroville on Thursday, April 10, and made plans for transporting and enrolling pupils from grades 7 to 12 from the Molson school District in the Oroville schools for the 1962-63 school year. A &amp; W Root Beer Drive-In just recently finished a car port addition to their business. Ralph Patterson, owner and operator of the drive in said this week, the covering was erected so that patrons could park in the shade while enjoying the famous root beer.
25 Years Ago, April 3 – 10, 1986:
Tonasket teacher honored by the Tonasket Kiwanis Club, Stan Long, 35-year-old teacher in Tonasket was awarded the certificate for “Bringing credit to his profession and his community.” Mr. Gadberry, German instructor at the Oroville High School, will be taking 15 students from his class, to Germany, for four weeks. Skipper, a Columbian sheep, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Roberts of Oroville, became the mother of five little lambs with four surviving and doing well. It is very uncommon, especially for this breed. Great pitching by Micheal Call, kept Oroville from getting more than three hits in Tonasket’s 13 – 2 victory. Call pitched seven innings for 13 strike-outs, one walk, three hits and two runs. Darrel Rounds was the key player for Oroville in their victory against Curlew. The Hornets defeated the Cougars 7-2. Cricket Rosales came within two batters of pitching a shut-out in the first game of Saturday’s double header against Liberty Bell. Oroville won the game with a 12-0 score. You can buy a 1986 Pontiac from Price Motors in Omak, for $4,279. Real Estate: 3 bedroom home in Crumbacher Estates, deck, 2 fireplaces, underground sprinkler system for the yard, $57,000; 2 bedroom, 1 bath home, wood stove, addtion added in 1984, includes refrigerator and range, $32,000. April 10: Longtime North County resident, Charlie Eder, Sr. died April 7, 1986. Eder was a true pioneer, arriving in Oroville in 1929. The Lyon’s+ Den in Tonasket, formerly owned by Nadean Lyon, has new owners as of March 25. Mr. &amp; Mrs. Mel Allen (Mel and Debbie) were raised in Oxnard, Calif., but came here a while back and fell in love with the area. They have never been in business before but decided that it was time they tried.