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Last updated 7/20/2021 at 8:26am

A photo from 50 years ago - Boy Scouts going to Japan - Scoutmaster Marvin Schwisow holds up the 16-pound nylon bag in which each Boy Scout going to Japan next week must pack all his extra changes of clothing and personal belongings. Three of the group attended a final check-up meeting for Troop 1135 in Spokane Sunday. Seated are Jack Schwisow, left, and Perry Allen, while Randy Hanson, member of Troop 1134, is standing – Journal-Times photo

100 years ago

The Ritzville


July 21, 1921



Rapid progress is being made in harvesting the 1921 wheat crop in this county. So far the work has been chiefly in the winter wheat, though now farmers are starting on the spring wheat. The average on winter wheat is going to be around 24 or 25 bushels, but on spring wheat it will run only about half of that. Some outfits are finishing up their winter wheat run. Ben Gillespie has been getting around 25 bushels on his home place. They finished up the run Monday and moved over to Dan Scott's field. Peter Thiel reported 25 bushels of winter wheat per acre on the Bennett place.

75 years ago

The Ritzville


July 18, 1946

Bumper Harvest Begins

Bank Deposit Totals Reach Record High

Bank deposits in Adams county have now reached a new all-time record high, according to June 30 statements of financial condition issued by the three banks in the county. Deposits at the end of June business totaled $8,989,093 as compared with $8,894,844 on December 30, 1945, the previous record high. This year's June deposit figure was nearly two million dollars above that of December 30, 1944.

50 years ago

The Ritzville


July 22, 1971

Grain Embargo Alarms

Elevator Men

LIND - Grain harvested this year may have to go on the ground for a while at some Northwest elevators, suggested Doug Urquhart, president of Union Elevator Co., here. "This longshoreman's strike is the worst thing ever before to my knowledge in the grain trade," said Urquhart. "It's the most diabolical ever put together by some smart heads." Urquhart said the strike already is resulting in depressing the grain market. "Buyers don't know when they can get their wheat to terminals, and country elevators don't know when they can ship," said Urquhart.

25 years ago

Ritzville Adams

County Journal

July 18, 1996

Blues Fest attendance up

Creating a worthwhile event is not an easy task but the organizers of the third annual Ritzville Blues Fest are well on their way. This year's event was a $21,000 undertaking, double last year's budget. Organizers gambled on the event, improving the stage along with the sound and lighting system and the results have received praise from the entertainers and spectators alike. A total of 950 tickets were sold, up from 600 last year. With children and young teens attending that were not charged admission, even co-chairman Marva Ulleland said over 1,000 people attended the event.


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