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Looking Back


Elected student body officers at Campus Elementary school in 1963 were (left to right) Barry Whitehill, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Whitehill, president; Kathy Fletcher, 11, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Eugene Fletcher, secretary; and Barry Giles, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Giles, vice president. Whitehill was a fifth grader while the other two were sixth graders at the time.

10 Years Ago

Oct. 9, 2003

Lubricants used in drilling a new well near Showalter Hall at Eastern Washington University proved to be the culprit in soapy looking water recently. The chemicals would not have any effect on Cheney’s water supply and were quickly flushed from the system.

About 30 people showed up at the Cheney Park Board meeting to offer their input into how programs might be reinstated following a successful vote for renewed funding.

Pending regulatory approval, Wheatland Bank was planning to sell its Cheney branch located at 2718 First St. to Spokane Teachers Credit Union.

Medical Lake improved its football record to 5-0 following a 27-7 win over Deer Park. Keith Schmidt’s goal line interception helped turn a Stags’ drive away. He later scored a touchdown on offense while Zack Hanson scored twice for the Cards.

20 Years Ago

Oct. 6, 1993

Longtime Cheney resident Patsy Utter, an ardent supporter of education, gave $790,000 to the EWU Foundation, the largest-ever gift to the school.

Residents of Cheney were going to have input on the city’s budget through a series of public meetings.

Renewed interest in helping preserve Cheney’s older structures brought about renewal of the Cheney Historical Preservation Commission, a group that launched with great vigor, but more or less shut down in recent years. The group’s initial buildings to save for the future included the F.M. Martin Flour Mill and the Sutton Barn at EWU.

Cheney lost to the Greater Spokane League’s Lewis and Clark 39-21 in the Blackhawks’ final nonleague game of the season to finish 3-1. Cheney fell behind 39-7 but got two late touchdowns from Malachi Burnette and Sam Holden to close the gap. Cheney would meet East Valley, also 3-1, in its first Frontier League game.

30 Years Ago

Oct. 5, 1983

The Bonneville Power Administration announced it would raise wholesale electrical rates for its priority firm customers like the city of Cheney 22 percent. The increase followed an increase of over 50 percent in 1982 and 50 percent in 1981.

Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove wrote a letter to the Washington State Interagency for Outdoor Recreation assuring that agency the city could come up with $18,000 in order to secure matching funds for development of a new Northeast Park.

Things were moving back to normal in the Cheney School District following the recent settlement of a teachers’ strike. Parents were still angry over the behavior of several teachers during the walkout and did not support the strike.

Roger Kugler’s 32-yard touchdown pass to Wally Wolrehammer with 51 seconds to play was the difference as Cheney beat Pullman 14-10 in a Frontier League football game in Cheney.

40 Years Ago

Oct. 4, 1973

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Oct. 4, 1963

Cheney’s Rotary Club was set to have its charter meeting at the Cheney City Hall auditorium, welcoming a variety of visiting dignitaries from clubs across the region and from as far away as Kimberley, British Columbia.

The PIX Theater was planning to reopen following being closed for the summer while students were away. The first offering was Walt Disney’s “Big Red.”

Fourteen graduates from the Cheney Normal School’s Class of 1913 indicated they would return to town to celebrate their 50th reunion according to former class president Albert Schoffen of Seattle.

Cheney was seeking both its first football win of the season, and the Blackhawks’ first touchdown, too, in an upcoming game with Deer Park. “We weren’t mentally ready to play a football game against East Valley and they were ready for us,” head coach Bob Everson said following his team’s 6-0 setback to the Knights.


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