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10 Years Ago

July 8, 2004

Cheney’s population was quickly coming close to the milestone 10,000 mark as current census numbers showed 9,855 residents in the city.

In an effort to provide necessary funding, Medical Lake City Administrator Curt Kelling was promoting a metro park system combining residents within the boundaries of the Cheney and Medical Lake school districts.

Medical Lake’s Pink Penguin B Balla basketball team, featuring McKenna Wesselman, Emily Paulson, Gabby Daily and Savannah Raczykowski, won their Hoopfest bracket.

20 Years Ago

July 7, 1994

The Cheney City Council approved the purchase of a brand new fire truck, accepting the second lowest bid of $197,285 from Central States Fire Apparatus because of less cab noise than the $192,456 price submitted by Luverne Fire.

Cheney players Landon Johnston, Pete Montague, Ben Woodard and Eric Hegney, competing with the Spokane All-Stars South Babe Ruth team, won a Montana tournament held in Helena.

30 Years Ago

July 5, 1984

Ford Brothers, America’s second largest circus, planned to come to Cheney during rodeo weekend and stage performances at a site near Kennedy Library. The circus was being sponsored by the Associated Students of Eastern Washington University and the Cheney Chamber of Commerce.

The former interurban train depot located on Second Street in Cheney, and listed on the Register of Historical Places, was recently sold to Dan Shepard, Lindy Lucas and Skip Duty who planned to rent the building to local businesses.

The Cheney Track Club placed some of its athletes in an upcoming Junior Olympic competition. Cathy Van Kuren in the heptathlon and Jason Brown in the pentathlon earned trips to nationals in Provo, Utah.

40 Years Ago

July 11, 1974

The seventh annual Cheney Rodeo was expected to attract 150-200 cowboys who would compete for a purse that was sweetened by the addition of $850 from rodeo association monies.

The Cheney City Council initiated a two-hour maximum stay in downtown parking spaces.

A new section of sewer pipe was being installed on Presley Drive, a project estimated to cost $44,000.

50 Years Ago

July 3, 1964

Cheney’s beloved dentist, William R. “Doc” Bernard, officially called his career finished June 23 after 45 years of serving the community. His old office was located at 424 First St. but his new headquarters were reported to be somewhere at Chapman Lake with a fishing pole in his hands.

Eastern Washington State College said the 1,073 students that would be housed on campus would be the largest in the school’s history.

Joe Graves and Tom Stone were among the first place finishers in an Eastern Washington Recreation Association swim meet int Pullman.


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