Take a Trip Through Our Area’s Rich History

By Nisqually Valley News
Posted 8/11/22

Enjoy these snapshots of articles written in past issues of the Nisqually Valley News from 45, 35, 25 and 15 years ago, respectively.


A Look Back at This Week, 45 Years Ago

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Take a Trip Through Our Area’s Rich History


Enjoy these snapshots of articles written in past issues of the Nisqually Valley News from 45, 35, 25 and 15 years ago, respectively.

A Look Back at This Week, 45 Years Ago

• A fire caused by arson in early August 1977 damaged the McKenna Railroad Bridge. A local fire team responded to the fire before it could further damage the bridge.

• A carnival with proceeds going to muscular dystrophy research was hosted at the Yelm Community Park on Aug. 13, 1977. The event featured carnival rides, food, games, a dunk tank and more.

• A canning workshop was held on Aug. 16, 1977 at the Eagles Club in Yelm. Fran Oliphart was the “master canner” and host of the event.

• The state of Washington imposed new campfire restrictions toward the end of summer 1977 in the beginning of August. Representatives of the Department of Game appeared at national parks in the area with signs that read “no open fires.”

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

• A Rainier man “returned” to World War II in a movie as an extra. Roby Doidge was a veteran and was honored with a role in a movie.

• The Yelm public board recommended an Oktoberfest event to the Yelm City Council at an early August meeting in 1987.

• Yelm School Board workshops were slated for several dates through August 1987. The workshops were open to staff of the district and parents on Monday, Aug. 17, and Wednesday, Aug. 19.

• An uptick of tansy in Yelm, McKenna and Roy led to animal deaths through the summer of 1987. Thurston County veterinarians recommended that all tansy weeds be removed after a 30 percent increase in tansy-related deaths.

• A sidewalk near Gordon’s Market was under construction from Aug. 5 to Aug. 9 in 1987. The new sidewalk connected the market to the Village Rental Center.

A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

• Monica Keith, an 8-year-old Roy resident, was in need of a bone marrow transplant in August 1997. After her family celebrated one of her final Leukemia treatments, they learned the fight wasn’t over and the cancer had returned.

• Roy resident Brenda Lee Working was arrested for attempted murder on Aug. 5, 1997, at her sister’s house in Centralia. She faced 15 to 20 years behind bars.

• A McKenna resident was hospitalized on Aug. 11, 1997, after a head-on collision on Reservation Road. The man was rushed to Providence St. Peter Hospital after the accident.

• The Sportsman Club in Rainier hosted vintage car racing on Aug. 16, 1997. The lineup featured motorcycles, quads and more.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

• Rainier teenager Heather Carli “made strides” in her recovery after a car accident on March 23, 2007. Her mother was hopeful that Heather was closer to returning home.

• The Relay for Life event, a 24-hour marathon, raised nearly $18,000 during the August 2007 fundraiser.

• 17-year-old Yelm High School student Jake Tardiff was labeled a hero after he rushed into his burning house to save his siblings and mother. He had to use an ax to create an exitway out of the burning house.

• An 18-year-old Yelm resident fell asleep behind the wheel on Aug. 8, 2007, and collided with an office in the city. The accident occured at the intersection of First Avenue East and Third Street Southeast.

• A Yelm resident flipped his Chevrolet Blazer in an accident in early August 2007 on Bald Hills Road. He stated he was on his way to work at Wilcox Farms and was “busy” staring at street signs and wasn’t watching stop signs.


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