Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

Posted 3/15/22

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

- The Yelm Senior Center was made aware that the building they were housed in had been sold, so they were forced to relocate in late March of 1977. The new building, which they would purchase, was known as the 100F building. 

- Billy Frank Jr. was named commissioner of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. The prior commissioner, William Smith, announced his resignation from the position effective May 31, 1977.

- Mr. and Mrs. L.J.A. Ethers celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, April 2, 1977. The Yelm residents celebrated the anniversary in Tacoma. They were joined by family and friends.

- Gerald Thomas, a Tumwater resident, was named the new wildlife agent for Yelm. Thomas served in the United States Navy in the 1960s. 

- Three films were set to play at the Yelm Timberland Library over the weekend of April 2, 1977. The three films being played included “A Story, a story,” “Swimmy” and “Spiders.” 

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

- Yelm High School’s volleyball team was recognized for excelling academically by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association in March of 1987. The team sported a combined 3.5 GPA. 

- “Y-Wait — Choose Life” began offering a youth group ministry for the area in 1987. The group represented the New Life Christian Center in Yelm. 

- Kari Gatke, a 1986 Yelm graduate, had a busy summer ahead of her in 1987. After winning Miss Thurston County in 1986, she traveled to Vancouver to compete for Miss Washington. She continued her tour by speaking to FFA clubs in Yelm and the surrounding areas.



- A fire destroyed a home in the Nisqually Pines neighborhood on Sunday, March 29, 1987. Yelm firefighters were able to put the blaze out, but the home was already destroyed. 

A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

- The 1997 Prairie Day Princess finalists were announced on March 17, 1997. The finalists included Beth Church, Francis Nieland and Lyndee Lipper.

- The Yelm City Council flew the Irish flag outside of city hall in honor of St. Patrick’s Day in 1997. 

- Yelm Telephone customers experienced an increase in monthly payments after a rate increase was passed on March 12, 1997.

- Yelm residents experienced an increase in mail theft during the spring of 1997. Families began to experience theft more often around Christmas time, and the trend continued throughout the next months. 

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

- The annual Nisqually Valley Home Show was scheduled for March 31 and April 1 in 2007. The event took place at Yelm High School on both days. 

- Rainier High School held its annual Dollars for Scholars auction on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at the school. The money raised benefited seniors at the high school as they transitioned to college.  

- A Bald Hills resident outed his neighbor by placing a giant sign in the neighbor’s yard, stating “Child Molester; Three Young Boys; Rape 2nd Degree; Molestation 1st and 2nd Degree.” The sex offender moved into an illegally parked fifth wheel trailer just 20 feet away from the resident’s house, which led to the sign. 

- A recall of pet food left many owners of animals in Yelm and the surrounding areas scrambling to find out if the food they used was affected by the recall. Tyee Veterinary Clinic in Rainier stated that the food recalled was not sold in the area. 

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