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This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago July 16, 1920 At a sparsely attended meeting, the Odessa Community Hall stockholders elected a board of directors for the ensuing year. After only a short discussion of the capable work of the original board of... — Updated 7/20/2020


This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago July 9, 1920 Rainmaker Hatfield is reported to have packed up his equipment and left Moses Lake last week. Although many gave him credit for bringing when he first set up at the lake, very few had any faith in him as... — Updated 7/10/2020


This Week in Odessa HIstory

100 years ago July 2, 1920 The following pupils passed their grade school final examination and will enter Odessa High School next year. Frank Koth, Alice Flint, Martha Suchland, Charlotte Smith, Hazel Luiten, Eugene Weber, Lottie... — Updated 7/10/2020


This week in Odessa History

100 years ago June 18, 1920: The drilling of a new town well was completed at a depth of 170 feet. The drilling passed through three different veins of water, and the depth in the well has risen to 140 feet. Drillers were... — Updated 7/1/2020


This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago May 28, 1920 The plans and specifications complete, together with the blueprints for the new Community Hall, were received this week by H.W. Rieke, who says the architect’s estimate of the cost is $26,000, lower tha... — Updated 5/28/2020


This Week in Odessa Histor

100 years ago May 21, 1920 Five young men and women graduated from Odessa High School: Helen Michaelsen, Martha Glass, Ruth Horn, William Huber and Carter Patton. Commencement exercises were held at the English Congregational... — Updated 5/21/2020


This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago May 14, 1920 The Odessa vs. Davenport ball game [town team, not high school] broke up in a row in the seventh inning with Odessa leading 5-4. A questionable call was... — Updated 5/18/2020


Razing the former 'Maytag building'

ODESSA -- The former "Maytag building" on First Avenue succumbed to a wrecking crew last Saturday. The building had become unstable. It contained no plumbing, no electrical... — Updated 5/8/2020


This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago May 7, 1920 Henry H. Becker was arrested and brought before Justice Schoonover Tuesday on the charge of violating the compulsory law that provides that all children... — Updated 5/8/2020


This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago April 30, 1920 The past week while a little cold nights has been fine growing weather for wheat and its progress has brought smiles to the faces of the farmers. There... — Updated 4/30/2020


This week in Odessa history

100 years ago April 23, 1920 A special meeting of the Odessa town council met to approve the drilling of a second well to ensure the town’s water supply. Three dry seasons and a... — Updated 4/23/2020

 By Gabe Gants    History

Social distancing: A lesson learned from history

As a student of history, I often wonder what we have learned from historic events in our world. I personally don’t believe history truly repeats itself, but that doesn’t mean there are not parallels. I tend to lean more toward... — Updated 4/23/2020


The Times Past

Ten Years Ago (2010) Thanks to unseasonably warm temperatures during the past week, many local streams have been running at near capacity levels, including Cottonwood Creek in Davenport’s downtown city park. The water level is... — Updated 2/25/2020


Harrington swamps Odessa; Land taxes; 54 sent to draft board; Highway 21

100 years ago The Odessa Record January 18, 1920 News updates: Harrington swamped Odessa, 25 to 3, in basketball. Charles Cone is reinstated on the team and it is expected that the... — Updated 1/25/2020


Odessa was growing fast; revitilization followed

100 years ago The Odessa Record January 11, 1920 News updates: Connie Schlimmer and Miss Hattie Schorzman returned from Wenatchee to announce their marriage there on New Year's... — Updated 1/18/2020


Kissler awarded silver star; town hall for sale; outlook for new year stated

100 years ago The Odessa Record January 4, 1920 News updates: D. E. Schimke caught the burglar that entered three Odessa business houses. He was sleeping in the old Salsburg elevato... — Updated 1/18/2020


Shops closed for Christmas, easy win for Tiger basketball, Lamona briefs

100 years ago The Odessa Record December 28, 1919 News updates: Christmas business in Odessa was the best in years, even with a shortage of some lines of merchandise. Postmaster Sch... — Updated 1/18/2020


100, 75, 50 and 25 year history for Odessa

100 years ago The Odessa Record December 21, 1919 News updates: Odessa high school won its second start of the debate series by winning from Wenatchee high school. Helen Michaelsen, William Huber and Frank Schy were the team. The... — Updated 1/18/2020


This Week in Odessa History Record cold temps, soldiers home for holidays

100 years ago The Odessa Record December 14, 1919 News updates: Temperatures dropped to 25 degrees below zero, the coldest on record since Jan. 19, 1913, when it dropped to 19 below. The government order to cut down train service... — Updated 12/15/2019


Football, wrestling and doomed cesspools

100 years ago The Odessa Record December 7, 1919 News updates: Weber, Schimke and Schatz as councilmen and Reiman as treasurer were elected without a dissenting vote at the city election. A blizzard, followed by zero weather, hit... — Updated 12/6/2019


Football team wins district, lawsuit dismissed, south hill annexation

100 years ago The Odessa Record November 16, 1919 News updates: Odessa had a quiet Armistice day, as contrasted to the noisy one of last year when news came that the war had ended. The town closed for the day and the school for... — Updated 11/15/2019


Halloween celebrated through the years in Odessa; other odds and ends

100 years ago The Odessa Record November 2, 1919 News updates: Halloween activities included a public gathering at the English Congregational church with booths for fortune telling,... — Updated 11/4/2019


Airport possible, homecoming, first helicopter landing, Black Wolf rides in

100 years ago The Odessa Record October 26, 1919 News updates: Sunday morning at 2 o’clock the clocks of the nation will be moved back one hour, the end of the daylight saving time, started last March. Odessa contribute 11 of... — Updated 10/30/2019


Trial reset, death takes pioneer, helipad, Odessa native major role at Metropolitan Opera

100 years ago The Odessa Record October 19, 1919 News updates: Lt. Symons took eight persons above the clouds while here with his airplane. Al Wagner made the first ride, followed by Fred Heimbigner, D. H. Simpson and little... — Updated 10/17/2019


Small-town news; Lamona accident; Lake Creek H2O

This week’s installment of Odessa’s history includes information from both the first and second weeks of October (since we missed putting in a history column last week). 100 years ago The Odessa Record October 12, 1919 News upd... — Updated 10/14/2019


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