From the Dayton Chronicle archives


November 2, 2023

Ten Years Ago

October 30, 2013

Early in October Kaleigh White, daughter of Fred and Kelly White, gave her farewell speech at the Miss Rodeo Washington pageant held in Ellensburg. Kaleigh will continue to hold the title until the first of the year, at which time she will officially be stepping down.

Halloween has a long history from the Celts and Christianity. The origins of what we celebrate as Halloween go back centuries to the enactment of All Saint's Day, a Christian holiday. Along the way, it has also picked up traditions from Samhain, a Celtic festival celebrating the start of winter.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

October 28, 1998

Merit-based scholarships were recently awarded to 19 local high school seniors, seven of whom were from Dayton. Recipients receive $1,500 per year for the 1998-99 and the 1999-2000 academic years. Dayton students receiving scholarships were: Darci Bruegman, Joe Howard, Tom Howard, Justin Jording Nancy Ramos, Cody Steinhoff and Benjamin Thomas.

Two students from Dayton, Angela M. Barron, attending Eastern Washington University, and Andrew G. Thomas, attending the University of Idaho, are among the over 120,000 students included in the 21st Annual Edition of The National Dean's List, 1997-98. Listed students are eligible to compete for $50,000 in scholarship awards funded by the publisher.

Sarah Richter, daughter of John and Sharon Richter and a 1996 graduate of Dayton High School, has been selected to receive a $2,500 Trustees' Scholarship for 1998-99 academic year at Eastern Washington University.

Ty Groom, living in Plain Field, New Jersey, son of Dell and Joan Groom, and a 1984 D.H.S. graduate, appeared in a one-act theater production in New York City at the Harold Clurman Theatre on 42nd Street, in the production titled, "Still Water".

Fifty Years Ago

November 1, 1973

The Columbia County Cow Belles, an auxiliary of the Columbia County Livestock Association, held a noon luncheon October 29 at Dorsey's Restaurant, to celebrate the club's 20th anniversary with a total of 39 past and present members attending. The Cow Belles are active in many programs which promote beef, including sponsoring beef education classes in Dayton grade and high schools and 4-H demonstration contests.

For the first time in the history of Dayton, a community talent show will be held in the high school auditorium, according to coordinator for the event Richard Kirsch, high school music director. The event is sponsored by the Music Parents Club, a recently established organization for the purpose of raising funds for the music department, noted Mrs. John Stockton, club president.

Selection of Columbia County 1973 Wheat Queen will be held at a Kiwanis noon luncheon meeting. The two girls vying for the title are Lois Dickinson 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Dickinson of Pomeroy, and Cindy Startin, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Les Startin of Dayton. The girl chosen Columbia County Wheat Queen will move to District No. 3 competition which includes Walla Walla, Garfield and Columbia counties.

Columbia County Association of Wheat Growers is sponsoring for the first time in the county's history a contest for a Columbia County What King. Contestants for "Kingship" be 17 years of age or high school seniors and from family producing a minimum of bushels of wheat a year.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

October 28, 1948

One of the highlights of the 173rd year of the Marie Corps was the authorization of the regular Women Marines. During World War II, more than 22,000 women served in the active reserve.

Although scrap iron is bringing the highest price in history, not enough is getting to the mills to permit them to operate at capacity, a national drive to collect scrap has been instituted. The record wartime year for scrap consumption was 1942 when the steel mills and foundries melted 24 million tons of purchased scrap. Scrap consumption reached an all-time high in 1947, when 26 million tons of purchased scrap were used.

One Hundred Year Ago

October 1923

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

October 28, 1898

Isaac Underhill, who is just convalescing from the typhoid fever at the county hospital, was suddenly taken with an affection of the throat. Dr. Day was called and seeing that Mr. Underhill was about to choke to death, performed the operation of tracheotomy, with very favorable indications that he will recover.

The Women's Emergency Corps will send a box containing Christmas presents for the members of Co. F, and all Dayton boys at Manila. Donations will be accepted, no package can exceed five pounds in weight, and will be transported free of charge. Florence J. Burns, President.

Ten pounds of pure leaf lard for $1 at Dayton Market.


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