Take a Trip Through Our Area’s Rich History

Posted 9/20/22

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

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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

• Junior Rodeo Championships were set for the Roy Rodeo arena on Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 1977. The event began at 1 p.m. on both days and featured over 100 competitors.

• A drive for signatures to form a cemetery district in Yelm received over 430 signatures in late September of 1977. The group only needed 300 signatures to bring the issue to the auditor’s attention.

• Yelm’s only local doctor in 1977 found himself in the hospital as September came to a close. Dr. John McNamara underwent surgery that was set to keep him out of the office until mid-October of the year.

• The Yelm Schools Volunteer program sought more volunteers for the 1977-78 school year. Barb Dolan, the head of the program, said there were already 50 volunteers signed up for McKenna and Southworth elementary schools.

• The $5 million Yelm High School project continued in late September of 1977 as significant progress of the building was made.  According to site workers, the project was around 75% complete.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

• The Yelm Police Department brought a little police car to the Puget Sound Bank in Yelm to send a “big message” to children. The officers on hand took the children on safety walks to teach them about saying no to strangers.

• Yelm Oktoberfest was scheduled for Oct. 3, 1987 at Yelm City Park. The event lasted from noon to 12 a.m. and featured a variety of traditional German games and food.

• The Yelm High School football team dropped a non-conference game to Bremerton as they lost 15-7. Kurt Kominski and Mike Dalager turned in “superior individual efforts” during the contest.

• Yelm High School students were scheduled for standardized MAT6 testing in October of 1987. The results of the tests were used to compare the students’ progression from the prior year.



A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

• The City of Yelm announced it needed an additional $1,000 to complete the construction of the new skate park. Plans for the park were originally announced in November of 1993. Nearly four years later, local skaters were able to utilize the park.

• A 17-year-old Rainier teenager was arrested on charges of first-degree assault after he shot his father in the leg with a Colt .45 handgun. The father said the bullet was stuck in his leg.

• Wilcox Farms unveiled its new milk bottle design in September of 1997. The one-pint bottles that were fully recyclable were described as “cutting edge milk packaging.”

• The Tornados football team lost to Clover Park, 28-15, which put them at 1-1 in the early season. Jake Sutherland scored a touchdown during the game for Yelm.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

• Rainier resident Jeremy Lofstrom was sentenced to over 28 years in prison after he was found guilty for the murder of his wife. Lofstrom let his two children sleep while the incident occurred.

• Citizens for Support of Yelm Schools raised over $20,000 in a silent auction on Sept. 23, 2007. The proceeds were set to be donated to Yelm Community Schools. Organization co-chairman Glen Cunninghak said the best the auction had ever done prior to that year’s event was $10,000.

• Ronald Madaris, a 46-year-old Tenino resident, died in a car crash in late September of 2007 after another vehicle swerved into his lane and hit his car. Madaris was pronounced dead at the scene.

• Yelm football dropped a conference loss to the North Thurston Rams on Sept. 21, 2007. The Tornados turned the ball over several times in the loss, causing them to go 1-3 in the early season.

• Arlin Olsen, a former Yelm High School basketball coach in the 1990s, returned to Yelm as the head basketball coach for the 2007-08 season. Olsen sported a career 311-181 record at the time he was hired.

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