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Five Years Ago

January 28, 2004

After 25 years of pulling on a police uniform – the last six as Enumclaw’s chief of police – Bruce Weigel is calling it a career. “I spent my entire career in Enumclaw,” Weigel said, noting he first reported for duty May 1, 1978.

Through the last 40 years, Blanche and Bob Chapman have seen their three children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren go through White River High School. Thursday, the Buckley couple were among the many residents and dignitaries who filed in the commons to help dedicate the new high school.

Eleven members of the Plateau Hornet Junior Wrestling program are reaping the benefits of three-day-a-week practices and day-long tournaments as they compete at the state championships Saturday and Sunday in Bellingham. Colton Tracy, 8, went undefeated on the season, winning league Jan. 17 and district Jan. 10 contests at 45 pounds. Steven Hopkins was also a double winner, taking both league and district contest.

Ten Years Ago

January 27, 1999

The Enumclaw Garden Club reports that 128 area residents have planted 1,639 trees since May 1995.

Jackie Irwin can make a claim no one else can. The Enumclaw High School senior is the only girl from Washington state to be named the National Polled Hereford Queen.

The arrival earlier this month of shipment Apple I-Mac computers dropped 140 more drips into the Enumclaw School District’s technology bucket. This purchase puts a new computer in every elementary classroom and the Individual Achievement classrooms and sets aside eight for vocational use and 30 more for use in the junior high and high school.

Twenty-five Years Ago

January 26, 1984

Dorthy Balsley, who has been employed at the Enumclaw Safeway for more than 40 years, found herself being serenaded Thursday by Assistant Manager Gary Simundson. What warranted this crazy behavior? It was Mrs. Balsley’s 62nd birthday.

Jens Holm of Enumclaw was honored last week for his 60 years of service to the Danish Hall. Holm, 86, arrived in Enumclaw in 1923 and has spent many of his years serving the area. Holm arrived at Ellis Island from Copenhagen on June 5, 1923. He remembers that all the immigrants had to have $20 before they were allowed into the country. A six-day train trip then took him to Washington.

Fifty Years Ago

January 29, 1959

Jimmy Puttman and John Radcliff were honored at the an-nual awards banquet sponsored by the Enumclaw Junior Chamber of Commerce at the Parish Hall last Saturday night. Puttman received the distinguished service award, and Radcliff was named the boss of the year.

Thieves broke into the buildings of three local firms between the hours of 6 p.m. last Friday night and 6 a.m. the next day, according to information disclosed by Chief of Police Joe Pedrini. The police head said the Enumclaw Auto Rebuild shop at 1325 Cole Street, owned and operated by Frank Cerne, was entered some time during the night. Entrance was gained by breaking a window in the rear of the building. As near as could be determined, nothing was stolen.

Seventy-five Years Ago

February 3, 1934

John Olsen, son of the Pete Olsens, has been elected vice president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers at Washington State College.

On Monday evening of this week, Miss Adda Hones gave a surprise party for Miss Margaret Gehrke for her birthday. The party was given at the home of Miss Annette Fountaine where honors were won by Miss Belle Whitehouse and Miss Gehrke.

John Ulman, who is attending WSC, will be home this weekend for the end of his semester.

Mrs. Dorothy Hovey, Miss Myra Montgomery, Miss Minnie Gibbs and Robert Richardson of Buckley attended the ski tournament at Paradise Park on Sunday.

Sixteen boys and girls were guests at a party at the home of Harold Sorenson on Friday evening in Osceola.


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