Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

Compiled by Nisqually Valley News staff
Posted 8/31/21

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:

- Sheri Henry was …

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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:

- Sheri Henry was named the office manager and head cashier of the new Yelm location of Jayhawks store, which was expected to come to the city in November of 1976.

- Yelm Community Methodist Church was set to hold its annual “back to school” rummage sale on Saturday, Sept. 4, 1976.

- Jannette Loutzenhiser, of Yelm, resigned from her position as the executive director of Morningside Center for the Handicapped to teach at the University of San Francisco.

- Bald Hills Thurston County Fire District 17 was set to celebrate its first anniversary with an open house on Saturday, Sept. 4, 1976.

- The Yelm Little League All-stars won third-place in the Skokomish invitational baseball tournament.

- Bute Fennell, Jr., of Yelm, and LouAnn Squally, of Olympia, applied for a marriage license at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office.

- G.V. Langford applied for a building permit with the Thurston County Engineer’s Office to build a $32,000 home on Vail Loop Road Southeast.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago:

- Darcy Gordon was hired as a new first grade teacher at Southworth Elementary School.

- The Tornados football team was hard at practice for their first home, non-league game against Mount Rainier High School.

- After the city of Roy’s wells were declared contaminated, the city held a public meeting about its new water system. Some residents wouldn’t see hookups until the spring of 1987.

- The Thurston County Planning Department contested “the right to exist” for the Cattleman’s Livestock Exchange, citing a litany of violations the institution made while operating the business.

- The city of Rainier was set to forgo a utility tax in favor of a few low interest loans.

- Jess Peters was selected as a new city of Rainier councilor. 

- Charlene Logan was named as a new Rainier city councilor, a position she had previously held between 1980 and 1982.



A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago:

- Meagan Allison, 8, saved her parents and two sisters from a house fire after having only learned home fire safety a few months prior.

- Prominent Roy residents, former mayor James Gehrke and former Rainier councilmember Jay King lost their lives to cancer just two days apart.

- After a mobile home was removed from a cliff in the Nisqually Pines following a catastrophic flood earlier in 1996, a boy and his dog fell over the cliff into the river while trying to pan for gold. A firefighter repelled down the cliff and saved the boy and his dog.

- Michael and Tiffany (Arnold) Quintana, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, announced the birth of their first child, a son they named Michael Steven, on Aug. 26, 1996. Michael was 5 pounds and 12 ounces at birth.

- CW4 C.O. Irby, U.S. Army retired, died Aug. 19, 1996, while en route from his Singletree Estates home to Madigan Army Hospital. He was born Feb. 7, 1929.

- Fred J. Sprouffske, a 50-year Rainier resident, died at the age of 76 on Aug. 31, 1996. He was born Feb. 11, 1920.

- Prairie Aerie and Auxiliary 4144 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles donated 510 stuffed animals to Yelm, Rainier and Bald Hills fire departments for their work with children.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago:

- The third annual Patriot Day celebration was set to hit Yelm, complete with fun times to be had in Yelm City Park and a parade through town in September of 2006.

- While Yelm Middle School was on the “WASL worry list” during the 2003-04 school year, it achieved satisfactory test scores during the 2004-05 school year. Yelm Community Schools was no longer listed in the “needing improvement” category by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

- The new veterans memorial in Yelm City Park was set to be unveiled during the Patriot Day festivities at Yelm City Park.

- A father that had recently been estranged from his son blamed a self-anointed “shaman” in the Yelm community for “brainwashing” the man away from his family, so the father sent fliers calling the shaman a cult leader to all in the area of her residence.

- The Roy Rodeo wrangled up some cattle on Labor Day weekend of 2006 without a hitch.

- Yelm Community Schools hired a record-setting 70 teachers to accommodate the new Ridgeline Middle School, but with an enrollment number of 5,100 students, people in the Yelm community worried the new facility would not be enough for the rapidly growing district.

- Brandon L. Stuthiet was expected to plead guilty on charges of vehicular homicide and assault after allegedly killing Roy resident Betty Nelson in January of 2006.

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