Coulee Recollections


Ten Years Ago

The sun begins to set and a chilly wind cuts the air. Suddenly a small gate springs open and out sprints a small brown and white calf. Shane Proctor thunders out after the calf on a large horse with a lasso raised above his head, determination in his eyes. “Go, Go, go, hustle, hustle, hustle,” his father, Gordon Proctor yells behind him.

Danielle Edwards of Hartline, is the Ridge Riders’ Colorama Rodeo Queen for 2002.

The owner of Grand Coulee’s new gift store has a simple motto when describing what type of merchandise customers can expect when coming to her store. “A little of a lot of different things,” said Karyn Byam-Womer about her new store, Coulee Gifts, etc.

Oroville used a solid performance from three different pitchers to set Lake Roosevelt down in order, in every inning except one, to win last week.

Twenty Years Ago

The first step toward changing ownership of Coulee Community Hospital was taken when the hospital association board voted to amend its by-laws last Wednesday making the public hospital its sole member.

Kimberli Kaye Happ and Eric Hazard would like to announce their engagement. A July 4th wedding is planned.

Thirty Years Ago

Grand Coulee men’s fast pitch team opened its season in the Lincoln County Softball Association league with a win over Wilbur 22-5. Kary Byam led the offensive attack with four hits with Craig Nelson, Tom Bock and Dale Hilson each contributing with 2. Tim Arrants had the only home run.

Coulee Medical Center ER and Walk-In Care

Forty Years Ago

Fawn Doughty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bud Doughty and Lee Ann Monson daughter of Mr. and Mrs. K.D. Monson were among 39 SCC coeds honored in dental assisting capping ceremonies.

Fifty Years Ago

Water began flowing into Banks Lake Tuesday. The pumping season started earlier this year due to good power.

Larry Morley son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Morley of Coulee Dam is one of the 70 members of the 70 members of the Eastern Washington State College Symphonic Choir which will begin a tour of eight Central Washington cities beginning this Sunday.

Mary L. Oakes, Coulee Dam, the operating for Pacific Northwest Bell celebrated her retirement last week after some 40 years with the company.

Colorama Flashback – Twenty-five entries have been received for this year’s Colorama parade with entries still open. The first entry received was that of Loepp’s Hardware of Grand Copulee. Colorama Festival of Light with the best rodeo by a dam site is set for May 26 and 27.

Names of 967 Washington State University undergraduate students on last semester’s honor roll were announced and included: Lonny Carlson Jr., Franklin Flowers and Ray A. Rice.

Sixty Years Ago

Dorothy Sheely and Laurel Bultman will be the valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively of this years graduating class of Grand Coulee High School.

Mary and Janet Whaley gave a party and dance at their home in the Heights Friday evening for their classmates.

The students at Coulee Dam High School have chosen Ardith Burrows as the Apple Blossom Festival Princess.

After 18 years of service at the Bureau of Reclamation at Grand Coulee Dam, Ross Tiffany field engineer, is taking up new duties for the bureau at Mesa, near Pasco.

Mrs. Jim Pryor was honored with a pink and blue shower at her home last Monday. Those attending were Hilma Pryor, Mae Samsel, Cindy Best, Mae Benbow, Mrs. Earl Johnson, Mellie Brace, Maxine Warner, Kathy Cumbok, Jean Lindhag, Kate Slater, Lillian Best, Pearl Will and Mabel Auby.

The little two-headed calf at the Hayden Mckee ranch in the Delrio area died after living for 10 days.

Pat and Rex Allen of the Rex area arrived home from Central Washington College at Ellensburg for a vacation during the quarter break.

The annual junior/senior play will be presented March 23 in the Grand Coulee High School gym under the direction of Richard Behrens.

Sixty Years Ago

A landmark at Coulee Dam will soon be entirely gone with the razing of the old general store building.

Attending the “Petite Promenade” put on by Voiture 90; 450 et 8 at Wenatchee Saturday were W. Crawford, William T. Walters, Fred Warren, Charles Binger, Vern Canterbury and Clarence Rose.

Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Koontz of Elmer City entertained a group of friends Saturday at a pinochle party. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Small of Coulee Dam, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Russell of Koontzville and Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Hanna of Elmer City.

Boyd Hanna, Republican committeeman from Elmer City and Mrs. Simon McSweeney, Democratic committeewoman from Electric City will speak at the League of Woman Voters annual meeting March 25.

The Eagles and Moose Lodges of Grand Coulee sponsored jointly Miss Sandra Haggard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Haggard of Electric City as princess from Grand Coulee for the Columbia Basin Water Festival.


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