Items from the Past, April 26, 2012


Friday, April 16-23, 1936

CLOYD ARTMAN KILLED!! Cloyd Artman was a member of the 1932 Oroville High School class. He first became interested in gliding in 1928 and from that time on, his heart and soul was wrapped up in this activity. In 1931, he made his first major flight over Oroville from a mountain top southwest of town; brought him national recognition on what is now the ball diamond. NOTE: (this is the area east of the existing Catholic Church). His feats with gliders, brought him national recognition and he held the unofficial world’s record of more than 13 hours of sustained flight and had a mark of more than five hours at 5000 feet. Cloyd was killed in a glider crash south of Pullman, Wash. Work on the new Scott Service Garage, is being pushed as rapidly as possible, weather permitting. The building is expected to be completed sufficiently by the end of this week, to move his garage equipment from the old location across the street. (Site of the present YO YO’s Café) The American Legion Post of Oroville is sponsoring an American Legion Junior baseball team this year. The team is composed of boys of Oroville and vicinity who are not over 16 years of age. Prospective settlers, especially those who are un-familiar with the local soils and conditions, are urged to contact the nearest county agricultural agent before making the final arrangements to purchase or lease farms, if they wish to avoid losing their meager savings by investing in unproductive and unprofitable lands. Since May Baskets are getting to be a thing of the past, the Oroville High School Students annually hold a May Day Play Day. The one to be held this year is the third one. The first one was held in 1935 on the flat below the high school. An Official call for a Statement of Condition of the First National Bank in Tonasket, shows loans totaling $261,633.17 and deposits of $892,376.86 and a retirement fund of $150.00. The special school election held by the Oroville School District 110 for the purpose of voting on a bond issue for the building of additional school rooms, went over with an almost unanimous count. Of the 607 voters who turned out, 599 voted yes with eight voting no. Apple sales records of many months in the New York market, were broken Monday, April 12, with the sale of 30 cars of Washington apples. Sales prices for Oroville apples averaged $3.14 and $2.99 a box for a car of Delicious, Oh Yes Blue Label from Oroville. Groceries: Flour, 49 lb. bag, 2.05; Coffee, 1 lb. can, $.29; Wheaties, with mush bowl, 2 for $.29. Walnuts, hazel nuts, almonds, $.15 per lb.; sugar, pure cane, 10 ob. Bag, $.60.

50 Years Ago

April 19 – 26, 1962:

Five outstanding teachers in the Oroville Schools have tendered their resignations effective at the end of the current school year. They are: Mrs. Sydney Fassett, second grade teacher; Cecil Birdsell, Monte Birdsell, Dan Iyall and Mildred Iyall. 13 very lucky Oroville Jr.-Sr. School girls were elected as attendants to the 1962 May Day Festival Queen, Marie Kirkwood. Seniors, Kathy Eshom, princess, Sharon Loney and Karen Roberts, attendants; Juniors, Kaye Forrester, princess with Peggy Harvey and Patsy Buckmiller, attendants; Sophomores, Kathy Anderson, princess and Susan Kingsley and Pat Hemry, attendants; Freshmen, Lynn Dwyer, princess with Janell Zosel and Kaye Walker, attendants; Jr. High Princess, Linda Clayton with 7th & 8th grade attendants, Marcy Kelly, Aimee Mathews, Brenda Howell and Barbara Trevithick. One senior and two freshmen top the honor roll for the third quarter with straight “A’s” in Oroville High School; Mary Zosel, senior, and Kris Landreth and Bruce Scott, freshmen. New features have been added to the May Festival program this year. They are: foot races, baseball throw, horseshoe pitching, golf putting contest, bicycle races, pie eating and a tug of war. Also, the annual dance will be on the newly completed tennis courts. If the weather is not favorable, the dance will be held at the Zippy Building (Les Schwab Tires) north of the Oroville City limits. Business Directory: Lewis Radio-TV Service, Oroville Cleaners, Midway Tile Works, Dr. R. M. Dwyer, Ernie’s Electric and Repair, Leland Thrasher, painting contractor, Oroville Heating and Sheet Metal, Oroville refrigeration and appliance, King Plumbing & Heating, Valley Cabinet and Supply. Real Estate: 3 bedroom home in the Grandview Addition. 1200 sq. ft. with extra large living room, a good buy at $8,500.00. Groceries: Maxwell House coffee, $.55 lb., Banana’s 2 lb. $.25, Mayonnaise, 1 Qt. $.49, U & I Sugar, 10 lbs., $.99. The Oroville Hornets exploded for seventeen base hits and twenty three runs last week at Tonasket, but could gain no more than a split in the Caribou League double header with the Tigers. Glenwood Coons was admitted to the Okanogan County jail, following the cutting of 14 incoming and 14 outgoing wires, putting out of order the entire telephone service on the west side of the Similkameen River. P U D says you can enjoy refreshing coolness all summer long for only $.01 per KW hr. Bob’s Building Supply has house paint for $5.49 per gallon. OPERATION DEEP FREEZE: Buy bread in large quantities for your freezer and save! 10 loaves, 10% discount; 20 loaves more, 20%. Bread baked daily. Oroville Bakery. (located on the Camaray Motel location)

25 Years Ago

Thursday, April 17 – 24, 1986:

A request for an extension for completing the new North Valley Nursing Home, was considered and then tabled by the North Valley Hospital Commissioners at their regular meeting Monday night. The commissioners noted that the 300 days from beginning to completion of the project would expire on April 25, however the project is 30 to 60 days behind schedule. Construction Supervisor, Bill Kummers, estimates the $1.5 million project is 80% complete. Among other county offices up for re-election, is Ms. Jackie Bradley, who is the County Clerk. She has held the position for many years and will be seeking re-election. The term of office is four years and a monthly salary of $2,105.75. To date, no one has indicated they would file to oppose her. Kay Sibley, Librarian for the Oroville High School, met with the board to discuss computerization of the library circulation system. No decision was made us more study is needed. Oroville School enrollment was reported at 777 students for April. This is down from the past month and it will probably be necessary to reduce one certified staff member for the 1986-87 year. Inventory reduction sale at the Gazette-Tribune: 20% off all merchandise, April 17 thru 29. If we don’t have it, we will order it. Saturday, April 12, the library board of Tonasket, honored Margaret George, longtime-lifetime honorary member. Margaret has been associated with the library since its inception, faithfully volunteered her services. She was also treasurer for the library since 1943. There was another Historical meeting at the Roy Nealey home Thursday. Old pictures are still coming in for which the committee is very grateful. Please, if anyone else hasn’t looked at your ancient pictures lately, you might just have something we are looking for. Chance of a lifetime. Own your own summer home on Lake Osoyoos, 287 choice frontage feet right on the water. Beautiful park-like setting with lots of room. All of this for only $58,500.00. A community information meeting will be held on Thursday evening, 7:00 p.m. May 1, 1986 at the Old Depot. Kevin Austin and Jeff Beyers, of he American Boat Association, would like to meet with interested people in the Oroville area concerning a possible power boat regatta on Lake Osoyoos in 1986. All individuals and civic groups are invited to attend. Last Monday night, at the Country Fare, the Fou
nders Day committee and the Comancheros met to discuss plans for the big event coming soon to Tonasket. Among numerous points of discussion, as to advertisement, events, etc., it was announced that Ben Wilhite will be this year’s Grand Marshall. The “Welcome Gates” at the downtown entry to Oroville, are progressing at a steady clip — the construction art that is. The Chamber of Commerce borrowed $8,000 from a special fund to finance the project. They are still in need of donations to insure the payback takes place.