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Ten Years Ago
December 16, 1998
The White River wrestling team got things rolling in its Pierce County League schedule with a big dual meet win over the defending PCL champion Fife Trojans Wednesday night in Fife. The victory catapults the Hornets into the favorite’s role in the eight-team league.
Five of the most respected names in the history of Enumclaw High School sports were the inaugural inductees into the Athletic Department Hall of Fame Friday night at halftime of the Hornets’ basketball game. Frank Osborne, Tommy Thompson, Wes Borreson, Gary Radliff and Frank Lancaster became the Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig and Walter Johnson of the EHS Hall of Fame – The Big Five. “The (Enumclaw) Coaches Association has been wanting to do this for years,” said EHS Athletic Director Shelly Thiel. “And we had no doubt who the first five would be. We don’t even have criteria yet. These guys were just automatic.”
Twenty-five Years Ago
December 15, 1983
Dr. J. Gordon Adams of Enumclaw was honored at Monday’s City Council meeting for more than 50 years of service. He also served as Enumclaw’s health officer for 30 years and has contributed to the community through his private practice. Thursday, Dec. 15, has been proclaimed Dr. J. Gordon Adams Day by the city of Enumclaw.
A house fire with flames shooting high into the sky took firefighters nearly two hours to bring under control Tuesday evening of last week. Firefighters from Enumclaw, Auburn and Buckley responded to the fire which gutted a 70-year-old home just off Griffin Avenue on the west side of town. A total of 35 firefighters were on the scene.
For the second time this year, Enumclaw High School soccer coach Debbie Barlow has been named Seamount League Soccer Coach of the Year. The first honor came last spring when Barlow led her boys high school varsity team to a second-place finish in the league. She was named Coach of the Year again this fall for her efforts with the girls varsity team.
Fifty Years Ago
December 18, 1958
The Enumclaw High School Hornets scored an impressive 54-42 victory over the Evergreen Wolverines Tuesday night on the Enumclaw Court, as coaches from Clover Park, Renton and Franklin Pierce scouted the game. John Gambill made a determined effort to keep Evergreen in the ball game in the first half by hitting six field goals and one foul shot for a total of 13 points.
Photo: Mrs. Jesse (Vellma) Monk braves a pouring rain to record the great moment when she became the proud owner of a new 1959 Ford Galaxie. While the cameraman got ready, Mrs. Monk and Bill Merritt, Collins Motor Company salesman, dashed out, posed quickly, and then returned to the warmth of the Collins’ showroom.
Seventy-five Years Ago
December 15, 1933
With the Enumclaw district suffering thousands of dollars worth of damage and the counties of Pierce and King losing millions of dollars in damages, the most devastating flood in the history of western Washington has shocked city, county and state officials into action to promote some kind of flood control. Principal damage near Enumclaw consists of the washing out of the two bridges on the White River Lumber Co. railroad, and washing out of large sections of the road between Enumclaw and Greenwater.
Enumclaw citizens may well start buying new hats to fit enlarged heads after reading the report of the State Examiner paying high tribute to the finances of our town and to the management.
On Thursday, Doris Fraser was hostess to the Hi Hi Club at her home at a Christmas party. Three new members were initiated. Virginia Ashim, Muriel Hopp and Vivian Estby.
Mrs. Charles Hodges gave a party for her son Donald marking his sixth birthday.