1933: Residents among new Terraplane owners

By Richard Willner
Special to the Statesman-Examiner

158 Years Ago - 1860
Lt. Samuel Anderson, a member of the British Boundary Commission, reported on his Christmas visit to Fort Colville. “The Americans at their garrison celebrated their Christmas in their usual way ­— one man stabbed, another shot at, several heads broken and eyes blackened and their military surgeon breaking his fist in some pugilistic encounter with a citizen.” From, Book Two — Military Fort Colville — compiled by Patrick Graham

105 Years Ago - 1913
Perry Brown of Rickey Canyon was in Colville Saturday to make final proof on his homestead. Mr. Brown is master of the Rickey Canyon band. Jim Richardson accompanied him as a witness.
100 Years Ago - 1918
For earache, toothache, pains, burns, scalds, sore throat, try Dr. Thomas’ Ecletic Oil, a splendid remedy for emergencies.-- adv.

95 Years Ago - 1923
Citizens of the country are on the lookout for cold weather. A year ago this week temperatures fell to 20 degrees below.

85 Years Ago - 1933
The White & Blessing Motor company announces that it has sold five new Terraplanes since receiving the first of the new cars here three months ago. New Terraplane owners are C.W. Oecks, Colville; Edward Brown, Marcus; Peter Dorchuk, Kettle Falls; Porter Carter, Daisy, and C.E. Williamson, Inchelium.

75 Years Ago - 1943
In an illustrated feature story in the Sunday Spokesman-Review on the work of the SPARS, the coast guard women reservists, in the Inland Empire, Ensign Bernice M. Simet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Simet, of Colville, is prominently mentioned. One of the pictures illustrating the story is of Ensign Simet seated on her desk in the Spokane office of the SPARS. She is in charge of the office.
The state made a profit $361.68 on the horse races in the state this year.

65 Years Ago - 1953
Mrs. Louis Strauss still pickin’ violets and if the weather continues she’ll pick a Christmas bouquet.
Work on the athletic field at the Hofstetter school began this week under the direction of County Commissioner Jack Shorter.
Gun Club starts winter’s firing. Rifle and pistol shooters this week started practice at the range upstairs in the Cole Equipment company building.

55 Years Ago - 1963
“Letters to Santa Claus” Winners. Shirley Knapp, first prize - $10; Douglas Eugene Hall, second prize - $5; Gloria Hodgson, third prize - $3.
Colville woman enjoys foreign service life. Yugoslavia is the next stop for Marian Garvey, who has seen most of the world in her 15 years as personnel director in the United States Department Foreign Service.
Ronald Rose is undergoing infantry training at Fort Polk, La.
45 Years Ago - 1973
Letter to Santa Claus winners. First place - $10, Nancy Lotze; Second place - $5, Larry Simmons; Third place - $3,  Kevin Fosback.
Mrs. Paul Hills says the 200 pound mule deer with a 28 1/2 inch rack is the biggest deer she has ever shot counting from several.
A 14 year-old Colville boy will receive his rank of Eagle Scout during a court of honor Saturday. He is Alan Leach, son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Leach.

35 Years Ago - 1983
A Little Christmas Cheer -- Kelly Duff, Colleen Lundy and Carrie Waggoner, students at Colville High School, present Mount Carmel patient Evelyn Menmuir with a Poinsettia plant.
Six Colville youngsters will advance to area competition next month in the Elk’s Hoop Shoot. Winning the Colville competition were; Angie Rickard, Sean Burden, Todd Baldwin, Sarah Laird, Lisa Lembcke and Josh Marshall.

25 Years Ago - 1993
Boise-Cascade employees have contributed 4,136 pounds of food and 4,691 items to the Kettle Falls Food Bank this Christmas Season. Last week, Boise-Cascade employees delivered three pickup loads of foodstuffs to the Food Bank.
Renee Rutledge of Colville bowled a perfect 300 game Sunday night, the first woman ever to do so at the Colville Copper Bowl lanes, according to owners Ken and Debbie Marsh. Approximately 45 people were on hand to witness the historic event. Dean Waterman of Colville was the last to record a perfect game. He rolled that game in 1976.
 
— Richard Willner is a Stevens County Historical Society board member and a Fort Colville Museum volunteer. Email him at NEWHistory99114@gmail.com.