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A photo from 75 years ago - Above are shown members of Ritzville's troop of 2nd class Girl Scouts ... who are strictly first-class girls. Three received their badges at the recent Court of Awards. Seated, first row: Marlene Thiel, Elaine Arnst, Sandra Souther, Roberta Rounds and Joanne Werner. Second row: Mrs. Walter Rosenoff, leader; Colleen Powers, Marilyn Trimble, Byra Bauer, Barbara Freese, Alta Weseman and Mrs. Joe Blankenship, assistant leader. Third row: Lois Glenn, Joanne Kiehn, Nancy Skinner, Joeleen Blankenship, Patricia Thompson, Joannne Schoemakers and Lois Thiel.

100 years ago

The Ritzville


Nov. 24, 1921

Ten inches snow falls

Snow Covers Northwest

The finest November snowstorm in a great many years fell here Saturday and Sunday and Monday.

The heaviest fall came on Sunday. The total depth of snow is from ten to twelve inches. It extends all over the Northwest from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific ocean, although the mild weather on teh coast has caused the snow there to melt.

The storm tied up traffic on the railroads following the Columbia River gap.

75 years ago

The Ritzville


Nov. 21, 1946

Human head on

unsolved mystery list

A study of the human head found Nov. 12 in the city dump ground was made this week by scientists in the crime laboratory as Washington State College, but they were unable to furnish the key to completely solve the mystery. The sheriff's office plans to send the human head to the F.B.I. laboratory in Washington, D.C. for a more comprehensive analysis.

It was the opinion of W.S.C. scientists that the object had been embalmed or otherwise given a preservative treatment; and that it was possible that it might be several years old. It was also brought to light this week that the head had been seen at the dump grounds by other parties as early as Sept. 14th but not reported.

50 years ago

The Ritzville


Nov. 25, 1971

Bomb hoax halts passenger train

LIND - Immobilized by a bomb threat, Amtrak's crack passenger train lay on Burlington-Northern tracks a mile east of hear for 4 1/2 hours Monday night.

Passengers and crew, 180 persons in all, were earlier unloaded at the station here and taken by bus to the Lind High School building.

An impromptu hospitality party, involving many of Lind's residents, sprang up, making pleasant the enforced stay of unexpected visitors from all parts of the country.

No bomb ever was found on the train, though it was searched at least three times, and most of the passengers, 161 in number, continued their journey on the same train or one which left for the east slightly earlier from Spokane.

25 years ago

Ritzville Adams

County Journal

Nov. 21, 1996

Board rescinds resolution

granting board pay raise

There will not be pay raises forthcoming for the Adams County Commissioners, net next year or the following year. And it two cases, not for four years.

Action was taken during Monday's board session to rescind the resolution passed at the Tuesday, Nov. 12, session which granted some board membes a pay raise beginning in 1997.

Salary for commissioners Bill Wills and Bill Schlagel is $22,055 per year which has not been increased in several years. Commissioner Shawn Logan is paid $23,350 per year with the salary for his position increased prior to his election two years ago.


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