Five Years Ago

April 21, 2004

Jockey Gallyn Mitchell became the first jockey to win 700 career races at Emerald Downs on Sunday. The 41-year-old Enumclaw resident rode Best Game In Town to a come-from-behind victory in the day’s first race.

Jake Gonzales padded his wrestling resume with the title all-American after a seventh-place finish at the National High School Coaches Association Senior National Wrestling Championships April 2-4 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gonzales, a Class 4A 119-pound state champion for Enumclaw High this season and runner-up in 2003, was one of 63 to represent Washington state at the collegiate-style tournament.

Ten Years Ago

April 21, 1999

Dr. Les Dolezal received the Chiropractor of the Year award from the Washington State Chiropractic Association. The award is the highest honor given by the 1,000-member WSCA and has been given to only eight chiropractors.

The White River track and field team was impressive during a recent six-team meet at Eatonville High School. The Hornet girls won the meet, outdistancing second place Eatonville, and the boys finished second behind Tacoma Baptist.

Twenty-five Years Ago

April 19, 1984

Tim Hadfield of Enumclaw recently captured a national freestyle championship in aerial acrobatics at a meet in White Park, Colorado. He beat some of the best competitors in the nation including World cup competitors.

Enumclaw garden club members Florence Garrett, Mollie Dow and Louise Rooks planted a Noble Fir tree at city hall last Wednesday in honor of Arbor Day. Also attending the ceremony was Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce President Dorothy Sleigh. The chamber originally proposed the addition of the new tree, which will be decorated as part of the community’s Christmas celebration each year.

Enumclaw High shut out Liberty 7-0 Friday to run its season record to 4-0. The Hornets received a two-hit pitching performance from Rod Malast and played headsup ball. “We played good defense and ran the bases well,” coach Chuck Basteyns said.

Fifty Years Ago

April 23, 1959

A completely new highway between the Veazie area and Enumclaw will be constructed this summer, according to an announcement by Walter F. Winters, King county road engineer. The three and one-half mile project will be built between the King County Recreation Park, one mile east of Enumclaw, and the Moose Hall at Veazie.

Photo: Fred Ploegman, 90, has lived in the Cascade Mountains 15 miles east of Kanaskat for almost 70 years. His wife died nearly 30 years ago and since that time he has been alone. His five children live in cities on the “outside,” but some of them visit him almost every weekend. He has no telephone, but the Northern Pacific Railway tracks are only a matter of 100 yards from his cabin. He spends much of his time as shown in the photo – listening to his small radio and reading his newspaper.

Seventy-five Years Ago

May 4, 1934

Washington’s most beautiful and scenic highway, the Naches Pass, was opened on Tuesday with the removal of the last vestige of snow from the roadway. Conditions at Lake Tipsoo are in excellent condition.

Robert Deusen, Carl Hansen, Fred Bock, G. Gravesen, Edward Debbin and Warren Rengstorff attended the Puyallup Farmer’s Union meeting in Puyallup Tuesday evening.

The Rev. Father Allard of Seattle is taking charge of the local Catholic parish during the enforced illness of Father O’Hagen. Rev. Father Hanson of Lacey was also in attendance at the services last Sunday.

Last Tuesday evening was the final night of the attendance contest at the Mt. Peak Rebekah Lodge. Elsie Jensen’s side was victorious. This being Social Night, cards were in play, with honors at 500 going to Clara Belle Benson and Annie Nielson. The refreshment committee was comprised of Gladys Howe, Olga Hodges and Hattie Hensen.

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