Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

Posted 5/24/22

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

- Two Yelm …

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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

- Two Yelm residents were killed in an airplane crash on May 30, 1977. The small 1940 Taylorcraft crashed into a swampy area in Centralia.

- Adult summer education classes were set to open on June 10, 1977. The deadline for sign ups was June 15, 1977.

- Yelm High School held its award night on Thursday, June 4, 1977 at the school. Many awards and scholarships were given out.

- Luanna Gerhke was the special speaker at Rainier High School on June 3, 1977. She was the Rainier valedictorian of the 1976-1977 school year.

- The Prairie Days Princess contest was set to begin on June 6, 1977. The ceremony was held at Yelm High School as the process to select a new princess began.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

- The Roy Rodeo was set to run from June 6 to June 7 in 1987. Contestants from throughout the northwest competed for a $20,000 grand prize.

- Ross Storem was named the valedictorian for the 1986-1987 school year at Yelm High School. The senior obtained a 3.98 GPA, and planned to attend the University of Washington to study physics.

- The body of 15-year-old Larry Moore Jr. was recovered from the Nisqually River, which ended a two week search for him. Pierce County officers spotted the Yelm High School student’s body around 200 yards from where he reportedly drowned.

- Sesame Street was brought to Yelm as students at Prairie Elementary School presented a play based on the show. It was held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, 1987.



- Rainier High School named its co-valedictorians for the 1987 graduating class. Shane Essensa and Audrey Fornashell were given the honors. The students both sported a 3.84 GPA.

A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

- Students at Prairie Elementary School constructed and launched 27 tissue-paper balloons in early June of 1997. Fourth grade students in Becky Holmquist’s class were pleasantly surprised to see their balloons work successfully.

- Staff at Yelm High School learned the scholarship package donated by JZ Knight in 1997 was delayed and less than previous years. This happened after Knight donated various amounts of money to flood relief in the Yelm area.

- Mill Pond Elementary School earned an environmental award from the Association of Washington Business and the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network in 1997. The school was applauded for their outstanding work in helping preserve the Nisqually River.

- Dr. George Poole and Ed Brown’s home was designated a historical site in Yelm on June 11, 1997.

- A blood drive was held in Yelm on June 10, 1997. The event was hosted at the No. 2 District Fire Station on Millpond Road.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

- Yelm High School’s track team finished eighth at the state championship competition in June of 2007. Coach Mike Strong was proud of how his athletes performed at the tournament.

- Roy Elementary School students demonstrated good health in June of 2007 by wearing pedometers during the day. One student showed the principal that he nearly racked up 700 steps during his physical education class.

- Prairie Elementary School students experienced an emotional passing of the guard to commemorate Memorial Day in 2007. Staff Sgt. Joe Dunbar was in attendance for the assembly.

- A solemn ceremony was held in Rainier on Memorial Day in 2007 to remember the lives of those who died while serving in the United States military. The event was followed by a potluck, where many shared emotional stories.

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