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Odessa Concert Band predates Oom Pas and Mas band


100 years ago

The Odessa Record

December 8, 1916

O.C.B. remodeling the opera house. “The Odessa Concert Band’s opening dance at their new home in the opera house Thanksgiving night was a decided success. Over 60 couples were in attendance.” [Editor’s note: The remainder of the article is paraphrased below.]

The condition of the floor was not considered up to standard by the band members, however, and plans were made to refurbish the floor and remodel the building that the band had purchased. A.R. Mead, C.N. Clark and Fred Schulz were named to the building committee and planned to raise the building, put in new sills or joists as needed, double truss with rods through the building, arrange a smoking room in the balcony, a ladies’ dressing room and rest room off a section of the stage entrance and putting it into first-class shape.

The 28-member band not only owned their own building but also had purchased the instruments played by each member, including four saxophones, nine clarinets, five cornets, three trombones, two bass horns, a baritone, two altos, two drums, a set of bells and a piano.

Wilson Creek child killed. Freddie Davidson, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Davidson, was almost instantly killed in a portable woodsaw at the

Davidson ranch one mile west of Wilson Creek. The saw, operated by a gasoline engine, was sawing wood near the house and the child was playing near it when its clothes became caught in the machinery.

F. & M. installs chime clock. This week marked the close of the first year’s business for the Farmers and Merchants bank and in honor of their first natal day the electric chime clock, recently purchased by the bank’s stockholders, was installed in front of the bank.

The frame of the clock, which is electrically controlled, is 6.5 feet long, 3 feet wide and 15 inches thick. Its case which protects it from the weather is made of brass, copper and steel. The clock has two 30-inch dials, five tubular bells and electric lights.

[Editor’s note: This clock, now inoperable, is still in Odessa somewhere. The Odessa Chamber of Commerce considered trying to resurrect it a few years ago.]

75 years ago

The Odessa Record

December 11, 1941

Japan, Germany and Italy declare war on America. The United States is at war. The Congress retaliated by declarations of war against Japan Monday and met today to take similar action against Germany and Italy.

Japan struck heavily for the first blows of the war, in a staggering attack on Hawaiian bases, the islands of Guam and Midway, then directing their attack on the Philippines.

Daylight attack plans are made. In planning a possible warning for daylight attack on the town of Odessa, the same signals will be used as at night, defense leaders state. The fire siren will sound the warning, and the fire bell will sound the all-clear signal. Should emergency arise where there was no power to operate the siren, a traveling siren will circulate about town spreading the warning, possibly that of the fire truck or Special Deputy J.P. Keller.

Lions draw from entire region. The charter night banquet of the Odessa Lions club drew a capacity crowd, with visitors from Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Spokane, Moses Lake, Ritzville, Hillyard and other Washington towns, including a large number from here.

Speakers included Al Rummer and R.B. Ott of Ritzville, deputy district governor Earle W. Morgan of Lewiston and Rev. A. Hausauer, Mayor Jno. C. Jantz, Senator J.P. Keller, A.W. Birge, A.W. Jessett and O.R. Smith of Odessa. Acts were put on by Winston Weber and the Moses Lake Lions Club.

50 years ago

The Odessa Record

December 8, 1966

Lions to observe 25th anniversary. The Odessa Lions Club will observe its 25th anniversary Saturday evening with a banquet and program to be held at the Odessa High School.

Julius Michaelsen dies here while on visit. Julius C. Michaelsen, retired Odessa merchant and banker, died Sunday in the Odessa hospital at the age of 86. A resident of Spokane, he had come to Odessa Saturday for the annual Wild Duck Feed of the Masons. He was a well-known figure in the business and civic life of Odessa, having been associated with the leading mercantile firm of Michaelsen and Koth when it was first founded. He also served as a city councilman and mayor. He came to Odessa in 1902 and worked for the grain business of Tidmarsh and Gehr. One year later he purchased an interest in the Odessa Mercantile company. This business was destroyed by fire in 1913. He also served for 10 years as a director of the First National Bank of Odessa.

Jim Evavold confirmed in prep scoring title. For the fourth straight year, an eastern Washington gridder has won the state high school football scoring championship. And for the third time in four years, the title winner has come from the Class B Bi-County Grant League. Odessa junior halfback Jim Evavold won the 1965 championship with 158 points in nine games. Evavold, first junior to claim the title, follows in the footsteps of brother Tom. Tom was second in 1962 to Ilwaco’s Gary Weber. Also in the top five in scoring were Larry McLean of Brewster, Alton Leisle of Ritzville, Bob Cole of St. John and Mike Schrag of Ritzville.

$100 forfeited on ‘peeping tom’ charge here. A $100 bond was forfeited in Odessa Police Court by Norman C. Erickson, who had been arrested and charged by police chief Ray Buxton with being a ‘peeping tom.’ Buxton was called to the Circle M Motel on the night of December 1 after guests there reported seeing a ‘peeping tom’ out of the bathroom window. The suspect was apprehended approximately two hours after the incident occurred. Erickson also resided at the motel and had been a fifth grade teacher in the local elementary school since the fall of 1965. His resignation has been submitted to school officials.


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