Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

Posted 5/17/22

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

- Professional Careers in Education opened in Alaska in the year of 1977. Career recruiters hosted a fair in Yelm to recruit new educators who wanted to go to Alaska.

- Two students from Southworth Elementary School were named winners in the “Keep Washington Green” contest that wrapped up on May 19, 1977. The winners were Marty Mickelson and Mike Moore.

- Around 130 eighth grade students from Yelm Middle School were loaded onto buses to travel to Victoria, British Columbia in Canada in May of 1977. The group stayed for one night while touring the city.

- The Deschutes Grange held a meeting on May 27, 1977 at their hall on Vail Loop Road. Following the 8 p.m. meeting, the group hosted a potluck.

- Jean Aven, of Puyallup, was the special speaker of the evening at the Full Gospel Businessmen meeting held on May 27, 1977. 

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

- The Ladies Golf Club returned to Yelm on May 15, 1987 during the group’s annual scramble at the Nisqually Valley Golf Course. The group was also set to host more events throughout the summer of 1987.

- A Yelm man was sentenced to 14 months in jail after being charged with two counts of second-degree burglary. He was also ordered to pay $70 to the crime victim in compensation.

- Central Evergreen Federal Savings, a Yelm bank, donated financial books to Yelm High School in May 1987.

- Two Yelm High School athletes competed in state sporting competitions in May 1987. Brent Wilcox traveled to Wenatchee to compete in the state tennis competition,  while Andrea Lieberman traveled to Tacoma where he competed in the long jump event.

- Southworth Elementary School completed its second annual food drive known as the UCBO drive. The school collected a total of 683 items.



A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

- Danielle O. Alexander, a senior at Yelm High School, was killed on May 21, 1997 in a car accident. She suffered “massive trauma” to her head and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

- Memorial services were held at the Roy and Yelm cemeteries on May 25, 1997 to honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives while serving the country. A 21-gun salute concluded both memorials.

- The annual Roy Rodeo was set to be held on May 31 of 1997.

- The Yelm High School Drama Club presented “Under the Gaslight” on May 30, 1997 at Yelm High School. The play was set in the late 1800s in New York City. It featured two teenagers who experienced a unique love story in the city. 

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

- A Yelm family looked for the ashes and urn of Barb Householder’s mother before they relocated to Texas in 2007. When the family went to retrieve the urn from its resting spot, it was nowhere to be found.

- The Camas Meadows horse event was held in late May of 2007 near Bald Hill Road. The event drew over 170 riders from Washington, Idaho, California and Canada.

- A sculpture in Rainier was donated to honor soldiers in May of 2007. The sculpture was located between Rainier Chapel and the gas station on Highway 507.

- The City of Yelm passed an ordinance in May of 2007 which required residents to pay fees if they wanted to connect to Walmart’s sewer line. The overall cost to install the sewer lines was $486,000.

- A 21-year-old Roy resident was hit by a car near Ridgeline Middle School on Highway 507 in May of 2007. The woman was rushed to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia for treatment.

- A Tenino police officer was expected to lose his job after a video was posted online, which showed him zapping another officer in the groin with a stun-gun. The event occurred in May of 2006, but the investigation lasted for over a year.

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