Take a Trip Through Our Area’s Rich History

Compiled by Nisqually Valley News staff
Posted 10/4/22

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

  An 18-year-old woman from Rainier was found guilty for possession of drug paraphernalia in October of 1977. She was found guilty during a trial jury at the Thurston County Superior Court.

  A school board meeting was held on Thursday, Oct. 6, 1977 at McKenna Elementary School. The Yelm School Board touched on various topics, which included attendance and school lunch.

  The 1977 Yelm High School soccer team fell to Capital by a score of 6-0. The Tornados were forced to play defensive ball for a majority of the game.

  The Tornados football team dropped a late September 1977 matchup to Mark Morris High School. The defeat came in a dominant fashion as Yelm lost 44-0.

  The Tyee Motor Inn in Tumwater hosted several alcoholics anonymous meetings from Oct. 7 to Oct. 9, 1977. There were reportedly hundreds of people in attendance at the event.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

• Three exchange students in the class of 1987 brought “cultural enrichment” to Yelm High School. The three students included Ina Keune, of Germany; Jens Isben, of Denmark; and Olof Jonmyren, of Sweden.

• Artist-in-residence Dianne Erickson shared her talents with third graders at McKenna, Southworth, and Prairie elementary schools. Erickson brought different activities to the students, which included fingerpainting, printmaking, and basic design and drawing.

• The Yelm Tornados football team dropped another matchup during its 1987 season, this time to the Liberty Patriots of Issaquah. The Tornados defense showed improvement as they held Liberty to just 10 points. However, the Yelm offense sputtered and was shutout. Yelm lost 10-0.

• St. Columban started its third “renew” season. The theme for the session was “Empowerment by the Holy Spirit.” The special mass was held on Sunday, Oct. 4, 1987.   

A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

• The 1997 Yelm Festival of Waters drew a successful crowd of nearly 500 people on Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997. Mayor Kathy Wolf opened the eighth annual event with a speech.

• John Pierce, a 1961 graduate of Yelm High School, was appointed the vice chancellor at Colorado University in Colorado Springs. The appointment came in late September of 1997.

• Walt’s Place in McKenna successfully hosted an event in collaboration with the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 28, 1997. Several SeaGal cheerleaders were present at the bar in McKenna. Former Seahawks running back Randall Morris also made an appearance.

• The Yelm Tornados 1997-98 football team won a defensive battle against Kentlake, 10-0, on Friday, Sept. 26, 1997. Their next contest was set against North Mason, which featured a return to PCL action.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

• Yelm QFC announced its store would close at the end of October 2007. The decision to close the store came after executives held a long discussion to evaluate the productivity of the store, as well as other factors.

• Three parents of athletes in the Black Hills Junior Football League were banned from attending games or practice after a fight broke out between parents from the Yelm Thunder and Lacey Bobcats organization. The president of the football league said the incident marked the first physical altercation the league had seen in its history.

• Sam Brewer Memorial Field, better known as Vets Field, received $10,000 to repair the field. The entire infield was redone and the outfield was hydroseeded.

• Yelm Middle School and Ridgeline Middle School librarian Sheri Roe received the 2007 Librarian of the Year award on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2007 in Yakima. Nominations were made by the school district. Roe received $500 and a plaque for her efforts.


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