Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

Posted 8/2/22

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


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

• Winners of numerous awards were announced following the Prairie Days Grand Parade in July of 1977. The grand sweepstakes award was given to “Over the Water Tower or Bust Gang,” more commonly known as David Phillips, and John and Nancy Ledingtson.

• The Jayhawks organization established a fireworks scholarship fund for the Yelm and Enumclaw high schools. Each school was given $600 after the fireworks booth experienced an uptick in business in both communities.

• Southworth Elementary School teacher Michael Self starred in a play based on the “West Side Story” at Capital High School on Aug. 11, 1977.

• Western Washington University announced its spring quarter honor roll, which featured two Yelm residents. Laura Rankin and Mark S. Crews were both listed in the honor roll released in August of 1977.

• A tea session honoring Carolyn Bonker was set to be held on Aug. 11, 1977. She was the wife of congressman Don Bonker.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

• Members of the Roy Fire Department muster team said they were “set up” by an avowed Central Park resident that “dislikes volunteer firemen” in 1987. They claimed they were approached by a resident who wanted to “film a commercial” that was funny and light hearted for a different muster team. The commercial ended up on a Seattle television station which showed the firefighters “mooning” the camera and posing next to beer cans.

• A fire destroyed the Gene Hull Floor Covering store on July 31, 1987. There was no evidence of a break in or foul play in the blaze.

• A horse from Yelm earned the title of Region V Futurity Champion Colt at a competition in Yakima. The horse’s name was Moon Demon and his handler was Dennis Wigren.

• State and county officials received a “first hand view” of the troubled waters of Yelm Creek during an Aug. 3, 1987 visit to Yelm. The City of Yelm was seeking funds to begin rehabilitation of the stream.

A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

• Amanda Cameron performed in front of her hometown at Yelm High School during a performance of “Up With People’s Show” at Yelm High School. The 127-member cast arrived at the school four days prior to the performance to begin prepping the stage.

• An 18-year-old Roy resident died in a car accident on July 29, 1997 on state Route 507, northeast of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The man rolled his car after it left the roadway. The vehicle came to a rest on the passenger side.

• The Yelm School Board approved new goals for the district as they entered the 1997-98 school year. The goals included improvements in reading skills from kindergarten to 12th grade students by 10%, a fundraiser for $10,000 to repair the Yelm High School baseball field, and more.

• One wall at the new gymnasium complex at Rainier High School was propped up in early August of 1997. The gym was expected to be completed by the start of the 1997-98 basketball season.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

• The Children’s School of Resilience held its fourth annual Garden Party on Saturday, July 28, 2007. A pair of boots donated by JZ Knight sold for $40,000 at the event.

• The City of Yelm adopted a six-year plan for transportation improvements at a late July meeting. The city needed to gather impact fees from developers in order to keep up with the increasing traffic in the city.

• A woman reported the window of her car was smashed out while she was shopping inside of Walmart. She was one of four residents who called the Yelm Police Department on July 28, 2007, to report a car break in.

• Reptile Man drew a big crowd at McKenna Elementary School as he showed off a wide variety of reptiles. Students at the school, and siblings Logan and Hannah Jenny, thought the display was a lot of fun. Logan said the coolest part was “learning if you rub an alligator’s eye, it will fall asleep.”

• Yelm High School was set to host a “Peter Pan” play on Aug. 6, 2007 inside of the Performing Arts Center at the school. The play was described to be “very interactive” with the audience.


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