Take a Trip Through Our Community’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:

- The manager at the new Yelm location of Jayhawks Inc. said applications for employment were on their way, with the store receiving several applications a day by mail, telephone and in-person methods. Hiring was set to begin in October.

- The then Yelm School District was set to be a recipient in a $1.3 million dollar class action antitrust lawsuit to be paid out to 66 public entities. The lawsuit was against four major suppliers of milk.

- Voters were set to mark their primary ballots on Tuesday, Sept. 21. There were no local Yelm candidates for state government.

- Larry James Parr, 29, was hired as the new third grade teacher at McKenna Elementary School.

- Charles L. Inman, 73, of Olympia, was killed in an accident involving a Yelm motorist and a logging truck one mile west of Yelm on Highway 510.

- Jerome F. Temanson and Ruby Stringham, both of Roy, applied for their marriage license with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office.

- The Rainier School District had 555 students enrolled for the 1976-77 school year, up from 523 the previous year.

- Donna Rae Hamstra, 28, was selected as the new first grade teacher at McKenna Elementary School.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago:

- Gary Edwards, of Yelm, ousted incumbent Dan Montgomery in the 1986 primary election for the Republican ticket for the Thurston County Sheriff seat.

- The Yelm High School football team won their season opener on the road with a score of 21-10 in the fourth quarter against Mount Rainier High School.

- Homicide detectives in Tenino were on the trail of Monty A. Richards, also known under the alias of Charles A. Nash, a suspect in a murder that occurred on Sept. 3, 1986.

- Tracy Olson, 26, of Yelm, was arrested for arson after a business on Popular Street in Olympia was set on fire.

- The Yelm-Germany exchange program reached its conclusion, as 14 students from Germany hopped on a plane back to their home country.

- Yelm Mayor Ron Lawton reported to Yelm City Council that Frank Kirkbride was hired as the landscaping architect of Cochrane Park.

- Alice M. Thun, 76, formerly of Yelm, died Sept. 15, 1986, following an extended illness. Thun was born Feb. 26, 1910.

A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago:

- Citizens of the greater Yelm area were busy preparing for a visit from President Bill Clinton. Clinton was set to tour through South Thurston County on Sept. 19, 1996, in a historic visit to the Pacific Northwest.

- Prairie Security Bank (PSB) and First Community Bank merged into one organization to the benefit of PSB’s stockholders.

- Thurston County Fire Protection District No. 2 celebrated its 50th anniversary.

- Guy A. Damron, 38, died in an industrial accident on Sept. 12, 1996. Damron was born Oct. 7, 1957. He had lived in Yelm for four years.

- The Yelm Police Department celebrated the five-year anniversary of employee Donna McCann. McCann still works for the police department to this day.

- Frank and Kim Holladay announced the engagement of their daughter Shauna Rochelle Holladay to Shaun Gregory Allen, both of Yelm.

- Kristi and Aaron Moody announced the birth of their daughter, Felicia Morgan Moody, born Aug. 28, 1996. Felicia weighed 8 pounds at birth.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago:

- A group of ex-Ramtha School of Enlightenment students met to discuss the potential harms the organization caused them. A cult specialist was brought in for the meeting.

- During the primary election of 2006, voters in Rainier and Yelm rejected fire levy lid lifts.

- Terry A. Howick, 54, was sentenced to six months in prison and fined $800 for leaving an unregistered firearm unattended, resulting in the death of 13-year-old Eric Holmes earlier in the year.

- Mark Kirsch, 26, pulled a 50,000 pound Pierce County water tender by himself on a quest to become the strongest man in the world.

- The city of Yelm and Tahoma Valley Golf Course were in talks to share water. The city was set to use the course’s well draws, and the golf course planned to use reclaimed water for its sprinkler system.

- Southworth Elementary School received $29,000 worth of playground equipment on Sept. 16, 2006.

- The Tornado football team lost their season opener on the road to North Kitsap High School, 34-14.


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