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 By Drew Lawson    History

Missiles, murders and mystery

BLUESTEM – Entering the missile site owned by Peter Davenport just north of Bluestem Road between the city of Davenport and Harrington requires unlocking two gates and wandering... — Updated 8/12/2022


This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago July 29, 1921 Harvest is well underway all over the Odessa country and the yields are turning out even better than anticipated during the critical time about three weeks ago. In some localities the yield is no better... — Updated 7/29/2021


This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago July 15, 1921 Not a bumper crop this year. The wheat crop is not so good, as was expected early in the season due to the burning during the last week of much of the spring wheat. The winter wheat is now ready for... — Updated 7/21/2021


Harrington in the mirror of time

HARRINGTON – Recently the Harrington Library had an inquiry from Jack Dunsmoor who is in transition from California to Spokane and looking for some very specific information:... — Updated 4/1/2021


Looking back...March 11 issue

March 8th, 1951 “WEATHER TRUE TO GROUNDHOG SIGN” 6 Inches of Snow fell this week. The weather followed the groundhog’s prediction, winter returned this week to the area as March came in like a very big lion. Some five inches... — Updated 3/11/2021


This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago Jan. 21, 1921 All arrangements have now been completed for the Odessa Fire Department boys’ dance, which will be held at the Community Hall next Friday night. For a number of years the annual firemen’s dance was... — Updated 1/21/2021


This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago Jan. 14, 1921 Claude M. Chilson and Paul T. Bockmier have received permission from the city council to flood the portion of the street between the Finney Lumber company and the Great Northern tracks to make an ice... — Updated 1/20/2021


This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago Jan. 7, 1921 The opening dance at the New Community Hall given by the Odessa Concert Band New Year’s eve was one of the largest ever held in Odessa and also one of the most enjoyable. Dancing began at 8:30 and... — Updated 1/20/2021


This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago Dec. 31, 1920 The Odessa Hardware & Implement Co. had a narrow escape from a disastrous fire when a blaze broke out in its place of business and was quickly put out by a hurry-up run of the local fire department. The... — Updated 1/20/2021


New Year's Eve in Odessa, Harrington 120 years ago

ODESSA – As might be recalled by serious history buffs, The Odessa Record was first published in May 1901; however, the Harrington Citizen often carried news of Odessa. Some of the interesting events for New Year’s were... — Updated 1/20/2021


This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago Dec. 24, 1920 The Town of Odessa received one of the finest Christmas presents ever given a municipality of its size in the dedication of the new Community Hall [Editor’s note: Known today as the Old Town Hall]... — Updated 1/20/2021


This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago Dec. 10, 1920 The annual town election was as expected a very quiet affair more closely resembling a school election than a general one. Shortly after noon only 11 votes had been cast and when the polls closed only... — Updated 1/20/2021


This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago Nov. 26, 1920 The town caucus held Monday evening for the purpose of selecting candidates for a mayor, two councilmen and a town treasurer to be balloted upon at the regular election Tuesday, Dec. 7, was the quietest... — Updated 1/20/2021


This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago Nov. 19, 1920 After an exciting chase lasting more than a week, Louis A. Steurnagle was arrested by Sheriff McManus and identified as one of three men who robbed a store at Odessa, a garage at Ephrata and who stole... — Updated 1/20/2021

 By Georgia Smith    History

Looking back: Nov. 19

70 Years Ago Nov. 16, 1950 Reader frustrated when farm cat shot Dear Davenport Times-Tribune: I wish to register a protest the way some would-be hunters are taking the privilege of hunting. I always supposed when a person had a... — Updated 1/20/2021


Looking back...Jan. 14 issue

Compiled by Georgia Smith of The Times In the Past January 11th, 1951 70 years ago Army Decorates Sgt. Carl Olsen Was Killed in Action In Korean Battle Sgt. 2/C Carl C. Olsen son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Olsen of Creston, has... — Updated 1/14/2021


Looking back...Jan. 7 issue

In the Past Compiled by Georgia Smith for The Times January 4th, 1951 70 Years ago New Year Storm Lashes Region The New Year came to Davenport bringing with it the winter’s first storm. The area was buffeted Tuesday by winds of... — Updated 1/14/2021


Looking back...Dec. 31 issue

Compiled by Georgia Smith of The Times 70 Years ago December 28th, 1950 The New Year 1951 can Provide Only Time It’s easy to rip off a tattered page of the calendar to reveal a new year. It’s not so easy to erase the sins,... — Updated 12/31/2020


Looking back...Dec. 24 issue

Compiled by Georgia Smith of The Times 70 YEARS AGO December 21, 1950 SANTA CLAUS TO COME HERE THIS EVENING RIDING ON A ‘WEASEL’ Santa comes to Davenport Friday, riding in a WWII REA Weasel track vehicle. First stop will be... — Updated 12/23/2020


Looking back...Dec. 17 issue

70 YEARS AGO DECEMBER 14TH, 1950 LETTER TO SANTA FROM DAVENPORT CHILDREN No Christmas is complete until all the kids have written their letter to Santa for their Christmas wish list Dear Santa Claus: I would like a doctor set and... — Updated 12/17/2020


Looking back...Dec. 10 issue

Compiled by Georgia Smith of The Times 70 years ago December 7th, 1950 Many Hear Wilbur Artist Several Davenport people attended the concert of pianist Sidney Foster, held as part of the Wilbur artists series Monday in the Wilbur... — Updated 12/10/2020


Looking back...Dec. 3 issue

70 Years ago December 7th, 1950 FAITH CAN BRING ABOUT THE GOOD YEARS, EDITORIAL NOTES Nine years ago, this date Pearl Harbor was bombed, and the United States entered a world war. American boys have fought and died in those years... — Updated 12/4/2020


Looking back...Nov. 26 issue

Compiled by Georgia Smith The Times 70 Years ago November 23, 1950 Kays Debates in Vermont Tournament Darrel Kays, son of C.W Kays of Davenport, was a member of the George Washington University debate team which competed in the... — Updated 11/28/2020


Looking back: Nov. 12 issue

November 9th, 1950 70 years ago ACHIEVEMENT DAY Member of 4-H clubs from throughout the county gathered at Reardan Saturday for their annual Achievement Day. Mrs. Hank Schmitt of Esoanola, leader of the Pots and Pans club, distribu... — Updated 11/16/2020


Looking back: Nov. 5 issue

70 Years ago Nov 2nd, 1950 J.C. Penny’s holds pre-holiday clean-up sale Items on sale included: Cotton Flannel Print Packed with Style .49c per yard.; Women’s Lace Trim Nylon Slips $3.33; Rayon Blouses, White or Pastel, $1.00... — Updated 11/5/2020


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