Coulee Recollections

A look at the past


Ten Years Ago

The 10 members of Grand Coulee High School’s State B champions and their coach came together for the first time in 42 years last Saturday. Ken Hoke, Bill Trefry, Wayne Snyder, Bob Pachosa, Don Kurth, Coach Jim Savitz, Ray Rice, Mark Rauch, Ben Flowers, Jim Green and Terry Mort met at Pachosa’s Gold House Inn in Grand Coulee for his birthday party.

Seventh-grader Ali Finch, and Craig Nissen, eighth grade, participated in the Regional Spelling Bee held at Bridgeport High School on Thursday, March 14th. Both students placed fourth.

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders baseball team opened Caribou Trail League action last weekend by blasting host Oroville 22-4 and 8-4.

A police officer will become a fixture in the halls of Lake Roosevelt High School and other local schools for the next three years.

Movie of at Village Cinema: Black Hawk Down.

Twenty Years Ago

Park plans have been drawn that would ease crowding for one of the Grand Coulee Dam area’s favorite summer sports. The community should now speak on whether the park is needed, and how it would be built, a committee says.

Myra Clark, a life-long Nespelem-Grand Coulee Dam area resident, was appointed as the director of District #5 for the Grand Coulee Dam School Board on Monday evening.

A proposed finance package for a Grand Coulee water filtering plant would include $1.28 million in loans to the city and $1.72 million in grants. The city council heard comments on the proposal at a public hearing March 17. If the plan is eventually followed, each residential water customer could pay about $10 a month more for water.

Coulee Medical Center ER and Walk-In Care

Thirty Years Ago

A concerned group of area residents met for lunch last Friday to exchange ideas and plan action if possible following the release of the Environmental Statement on the Bank Stabilization Program being offered by the Bureau of Reclamation. Attending were Okanogan County officials, area business people, professional men, city officials, and the National Park Service.

Movie at the Village Cinema: Galaxy of Terror.

The Federated Women’s Club will hold its annual Spring Tea Thursday, April 1, at 1 p.m. in the social room of the Coulee Dam Community Church.

Becker Honda - Big Red ATC 200E their price $1,598.

Coulee Dam Federal Employees Bowling Tourney Winners - 1st place Kelly Snow and dad Quincy and 2nd place - Kevin Sheehy and his dad, Carl.

One of the largest crowds ever to attend the Annual Ham and Pancake Dinner of the Elmer City Volunteer Firemen of Okanogan Fire District No. 2 since its conception 21 years ago enjoyed the affair held Saturday evening at the Coulee Dam City Hall.

Forty Years Ago

Working on Steel Mat - on the front page is a large photo of steel workers employed by Gilmore Steel Co., sub-contractor, swarm over the pre-tied steel reinforcing mat as they secure it in place in the generator erection bay of the Third Powerplant at Grand Coulee Dam, preparatory to forming and concrete placement.

The Nespelem Drum and Feather Club will have a dance at the Nespelem Grade School Saturday, April 1st, beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Coulee Dam Thrift Store ad: Artichokes 10 cents each, C & H sugar 18 cents per lb., slice bacon 87 cents per lb.

Fifty Years Ago


The Grand Coulee Women of the Moose are sponsoring an area-wide hobby show at the Moose Temple March 30, from 4 to 9:30 p.m. The show will be free and open to the public. Anyone in the area wishing to display their hobby call Thelma Foisy.

Sunset Grocery - Hamburgers 5 for $1.00.

Businesses in Grand Coulee Area fifty years ago: Grand Coulee Maytag, Russell Drug, Loepp Hardware and Furniture, Skaars Variety, Quinton’s Coffee Bar, M & M Furniture, The Star, Safeway, Brownes, Grand Coulee Plumbing and Heating, Carlson Motors, Grand Coulee Cleaners, Sunset Grocery, Grayce’s, Wright Chevrolet, and Button Jeweler.

Movies at the Roosevelt Theatre: The Wonders of Aladdin, The Atomic Submarine, The Invisible Boy, and Ada.


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