Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

Posted 2/15/22

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 Community’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

- Connie Parr began teaching at Yelm Middle School in February of 1977. She attended Rainier Beach High School in Seattle and was relatively new to the area.

- The Thurston County Democratic central committee held a champagne breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 28, 1977. The event lasted from 8 to 11 a.m.

- A 4-H horse clinic was scheduled in Tumwater on Feb. 27, 1977. The meeting marked its 10th annual clinic.

- The Washington liquor board warned those buying alcohol from the Indian Shops that they could be subject to arrest for possession of contraband liquor since it was not licensed by the board.

- The Ladies of the Prairie held an open-pit barbecue on Saturday, March 5, 1977 at the Yelm Community Center. The event began at noon and lasted throughout the day.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

- Ken Lininger, a Yelm wrestler in the 158 weight class, won the 1987 state championship for his weight class. Lininger was Yelm’s first state champion wrestler in the 2A classification.

- Yelm High School hosted three league solo-ensemble contests on Feb. 29, 1987 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Middle and high school students performed various acts at the event.

- The Lydia Circle of Emanuel Lutheran Church held its annual pancake supper on March 3, 1987 at the church. The event was open to the public.

- The newly rebuilt city hall welcomed Yelm residents during an open house on Feb. 20, 1987.

- Ed and Bonnie Rossa opened their newly remodeled home, which marked the first completed project in Yelm by the Thurston County Housing Rehabilitation Program.

- The cause of death of an 18-month-old infant in Yelm was ruled hypothermia. The infant died on Feb. 14, 1987 after the child was found by the parents.



A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

- The UCBO solicited the help of the community for a local, single mother in need of a vehicle. The young woman had two children and was pregnant with a third.

- The Yelm Senior Center saw some changes in early 1997, including assigning different roles to different seniors.

- After receiving a $15,000 grant, the Nisqually Indian Tribe neared the completion of its Canoe Shed and ceremonial center in late February of 1997.

- JZ Knight held a two-day conference at her Yelm home, which aimed to spiritually connect interested local residents with Ramtha. Multiple residents attended and left the conference with a different chain of thought regarding the Ramtha School of Enlightenment.

- Heidi DeFord, a 5-foot-9 senior forward for the Yelm Tornados basketball team, was the top vote getter as she was named First Team All-PCL in 1997.

- Andre Glover was named Yelm High School’s student-athlete of the month for January of 1997. Glover was honored for both his athletic and educational achievements.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

- Yelm residents reported a foul smelling odor in February of 2007 that caused multiple families to move. One resident even stated it took a serious toll on his health.

- A company had to remove asbestos from the demolished McKenna Elementary School building in 2005 prior to the new building going up. Many old buildings in the city were thought to contain asbestos in 2007.

- Items began to pile up for the 2007 Dollars For Scholars event. The 2007 silent auction was held on March 3, 2007.

- A Roy resident died in a motorcycle crash on Feb. 17, 2007. The crash victim was identified as Brenda A. Potter.

- A Yelm resident shot his neighbor’s dog, after the dog continued to attack his goats. The shooting occurred on Feb. 18, 2007.

- The proposed bond in Rainier was sent back to voters after coming up short by 3% of the needed margin to approve the measure. Ballots were sent out on April 4, 2007.

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