Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

Posted 6/28/22

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

- Construction of …

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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

- Construction of the new Yelm High School building saw great progress in July of 1977. Completion of the new high school was expected to come in the summer of 1979.

- Three food preservation workshops were held in Tacoma in July of 1977. The event took place at the Mottet Branch of the Tacoma Public Library. Yelm residents were offered a ride via charter bus.

- The Yelm School Board took a “serious look” at the skills center during a July 1977 school board meeting. Members questioned if the cost of maintaining the skills center outweighed the use it was experiencing.

- Events in Yelm related to Prairie Days began to pop up as the city neared closer to its annual celebration. Prizes included U.S. bonds that were given away at the Yelm Lions Club.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

- An antique engine show was hosted in Roy on Saturday, July 11, 1987. The show displayed antique gas engines, tractors, and hot air and steam engines.

- Family specialists Bill and Naomi Hayes spoke at the Living Faith Assembly of God Church on Monday, July 13. The two specialized in sharing their message of love across America for over 20 years.

- The Briarwood Pony Club members were treated to a summer camp at Trestle Farm in McKenna over June 16 to June 18 in 1987. Campers played games, while learning about horses and horsemanship.

- A boys and girls volleyball camp was hosted in Yelm. It started on July 13 and wrapped up on July 17. The camp welcomed students grades six through 12.

- A baseball day camp was set to be held in Yelm on July 13 through July 16 in 1987. The camp was located at Yelm High School, and lasted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.



A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

- A Russian airplane “stole the show” at a local fly-in at Cougar Mountain Airport in the greater-Roy area. The plane was a 1981 Antonov AN2 described as the flying version of a school bus.

- Yelm High School hired Lyn Roberts to replace Gary Martin as the principal of the school. Roberts hoped for a smooth transition process in June of 1997 as she became the new principal.

- Frank Jones, a Yelm resident, urged citizens to respect their neighbors’ properties when celebrating the Fourth of July. He noted the previous year there were many fireworks set off in the street that weren’t cleaned up.

- A young Yelm resident, Jason Lacy, found a fascination with NASA after learning his grandfather was a NASA test pilot. Lacy had the opportunity to attend space camp at Castle Airforce Base.

- Yelm resident Wolfgang Henson finally found his “long-lost brother” after years of searching. The local tracked down his brother, Lothar Letsche, using the internet. The two had been separated after their mother died and the family relocated to America.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

- The Prairie Days parade and carnival returned to Yelm in late June of 2007. Yelm City Park hosted the carnival.

- The Yelm City Council tabled a resolution that would have increased fire impact fees in Yelm. The proposed increase would have raised impact fees from 21.6 cents per square foot to 32 cents per square foot.

- Boy Scout Derek Smith, who was nearing Eagle Scout status, built and donated a reader board to the city of Roy. The reader board was part of the 18-year-old’s Eagle Scout project.

- Winners of a poster drawing contest for elementary students were announced. They included Chad Davis, Jacob Wells, Jessica Martin, Garrett McKinnon, Solena Woods and Makayla Osuna. Students honored the transportation department during the contest.

- The “poo guru” of Rainier sold his first batch of compost in late June of 2007. Greg Schoenbachler made it easier for citizens to dump yard waste by opening his facility on Military Road in Rainier.

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