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:

- The Yelm School District held three meetings in one month, with one of them touting $123,577 in the black, as compared to the previous year, where it owed $15,000.

- Yelm Prairie Days was set to move into full swing with a bicentennial celebration afforded by the sale of red, white and blue buttons.

- “Mr. and Mrs. Terry MacAuley” announced the arrival of their son Jason Micheal on June 1, 1976, at St. Peter Hospital. He weighed 5 pounds and 10 ounces at birth.

- The Nisqually Valley Moose fastball team beat the Yelm Firemen in a 21-18 pitcher’s duel.

- Yelm High School senior Patsy Walker scored 3,699 points at the North Thurston pentathlon track meet in Olympia, shattering records and taking first place.

- “Charles ‘Buddy’ Longnecker was sentenced to two life terms for his conviction in charges of first degree murder, first degree rape and second degree murder,” reported the Nisqually Valley News.

- In the project to move the Ingham House from Olympia to Yelm for a new community center, Yelm received no bids for the project.

- The engagement of Debra Kelly, of Yelm, to Gary Fountain, of Seattle, was announced in the Nisqually Valley News on June 10, 1976.

- Robert and Cindy Cecil announced the arrival of their daughter, Callen Lee, on June 5, 1976. She weighed 7 pounds, 12.5 ounces and was 20 and three-eighths inches long.

- Terry Jaakenson, of Roy, and Teri Valdez, of Yelm, applied for a marriage license at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago:

- Marshal Bill Steele, Yelm police chief, surprised the town by submitting a letter of resignation, after he took a job in investigations with the Department of Natural Resources in Olympia. He was to remain a Yelm resident and stay on the job until July 31, 1986.

- Kinder- through third-grade students at Southworth Elementary School put on a folk dance festival on their front lawn in 90 degree weather.

- Yelm High School was set to graduate 139 seniors in the class of 1986. Annie Wilkinson was slated to be the class valedictorian and the Yelm High School Band was ready to play “Pomp and Circumstance.”

- A new bank in Yelm was being planned by 14 residents, with no site yet determined, though the bank was projected to open mid-1987. There were 250 to 300 shareholders expected to participate in the endeavour.

- Lightning struck a tree owned by “Mr. and Mrs. David Baker,” following a record-setting, 90-degree, one-day heat wave in what the Nisqually Valley News called “Washington’s weird summer.”

- In arraignments held at Yelm court, Juanita M. Robinette was charged for having a “dog at large” and for failure to appear at a July 18, 1986 hearing. Carl James Warren was found guilty of negligent driving and was fined $245.

- Francis Mason, 57, of Yelm, died at work June 11. Mason was born in Indiana, Illinois and had lived in Yelm for six years. She was a certified “nurses aide” at McKenna Care Center.

- “Yelm firemen were like youngsters with a brand new toy this week as they received delivery of their new diesel pumper,” the Nisqually Valley News reported.

A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago:

- After a three car collision on Highway 510 and Reservation Road, seven Yelm residents were injured with varying severity.

- The Nisqually Valley News reported that Yelm Telephone Company was named the 1976 Business of the Year. “I’d love to say that it was part of the 10 year plan but it wasn’t; it was strictly coincidental,” said President Tim Gorman, who had just celebrated 10 years with the company.

- AT&T applied to put in a new microwave cell tower in the area, just south of Rainier on Vancil Cutoff Road.

- A 47-acre practice fire off of Rainier Road offered a team of 114 firefighters the chance to train.

- Yelm High School graduated 176 students Saturday, June 8, 1996. Jennifer Kay was the salutatorian and Andy Larsen was the valedictorian. Both delivered speeches at the event.

- Clyde and Bea Administer celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Rainier during June of 1996.

- Joyce Marie Farthing, 68, of Yelm, died on June, 7, 1996. She was born on April 2, 1928, in Waco, Texas, and had lived in Yelm for 10 years.

- Christine Powers and Derald Owen announced their engagement to be married. The ceremony was set to occur at 1 p.m. on June 29 in Clearwood.

- “An abandoned vehicle is blamed for lighting a blaze Friday, June 7, in a wooded area half a mile east of Rainier on Algyer Road,” reported the Nisqually Valley News.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago:

- Roy resident Kathy Schumann handed Roy City Council a “stack of petitions” calling for the resignation of Roy Mayor Kim Eldridge, reported Cindy Teixeira, of the Nisqually Valley News.

- Rainier Class of 2006 graduated, with the Nisqually Valley News writing that the class stepped “into the real world.”

- Yelm’s WASL test scores showed improvement in 2006. The sophomores who took the test were required to pass it to graduate in 2008.

- In an unanimous vote after a 25-minute study session, the Yelm City Council appointed John Thompson to a council seat as the governing body’s sixth member.

- Laurie Olson, a “beloved” kindergarten teacher at Fort Stevens Elementary School, died unexpectedly in June 2006.

- Korey A. Falk, 30, a level three sex offender, planned to reside in the area of Vail, announced the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

- Director Keith Skogsberg led his Yelm Community Choir in a concert at Emanuel Lutheran Church that raised $700 for a baby grand piano to be used by the students of Yelm High School.

- Rainier Food Bank celebrated its first anniversary in a celebration held on June 3, 2006.


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