Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

Posted 4/12/22

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

- Several members of Yelm High School’s bowling team attended the 1977 state bowling tournament. Those in attendance for the two day competition included Ken Brock, Bill Brewer, Dick Schaeffer, John Sherfy, Gene Coulter, Dick Jolley, Ed Garvin and Harry Divelbiss.

- Yelm High School graduate Debi Stephenson was elected to the Associated Students of Washington State University. She served as a member of the student governing body.

- Sign-ups for a junior basketball league were held on April 16 and April 17, 1977. The league was known as “Lil Duster Basketball.”

- Mrs. Marjorie Murphy began teaching at Yelm High School on Monday, April 11, 1977. She taught English in the Seattle School District for 10 years before joining the staff at Yelm High School.

- Around 150 students from Yelm High School and 111 from Rainier were invited to a performance by the Seattle Symphony orchestra. The performance took place in Olympia in April of 1977.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

- Yelm police officers responded to a vehicle accident where a Yelm resident’s car was split in half in April of 1987. The crash occurred after a man stole a car and reportedly drove 90 miles per hour. He eventually crashed into L&M Drive-In.

- Several projects were announced for Yelm at a city hall meeting in April 1987. They included updates for ongoing projects. Plans to revitalize Yelm Creek were announced as well.

- Children in three age divisions took part in an Easter egg hunt in April 1987 at Yelm Community Park.

- Registration for Future Tacoma Stars soccer league opened up on April 25, 1987. The organization had a team based in the Yelm area.

- A downed tree near McIntosh Lake left many residents in that area without power for several hours in April 1987.



A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

- Mill Pond Elementary School student Anthony McKague, who was 13 years old, had the experience of a lifetime when he accompanied his father Rob on the “Tiger Cruise.” The cruise took place on the U.S.S. Reid and sailed out of Los Angeles, California.

- A former Yelm High School educator was placed on electronic home monitoring after he was arrested for trespassing at the school. The teacher resigned on Feb. 7, 1997 after being accused of sexual harassment by a student.

- The Yelm-Tenino Trail project was postponed following a meeting held on April 21, 1997. Officials were unable to notify enough homeowners of the upcoming construction.

- A vehicle in Yelm was pulled over for improper signal use, but the officer got more than he imagined when he made what he thought was a routine traffic stop. The officer seized guns, narcotics and stolen property after he pulled the vehicle over in April of 1997.

- An event, titled “Springfest 97” was announced by the Eagles group in Yelm in April 1997. The event included various local vendors, as well as different options for food.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

- A transient person in the Graham area was arrested in Roy on five counts of second-degree identity theft in April of 2007. The man allegedly purchased over $3,000 worth of goods with a stolen credit card, according to a Yelm police report.

- A Tenino High School teacher was accused of three counts of communicating with a 16-year-old for “immoral purposes” in April of 2007. The teacher was placed on administrative leave, after a series of emails were found between her and a student. 

- The funeral for former Yelm Mayor Kathy Wolf was held on April 28, 2007. Wolf died after a “quiet battle with cancer.”

- After serving 30 years as the Rainier School District superintendent, Dennis Friedrich announced he was retiring in April of 2007.

- The Liquid Soul coffee shop and lounge opened on Saturday, April 21, 2007. The shop was located in McKenna.

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