15 years ago

Timothy hay from the Kittitas Valley is powering horses competing in equestrian events at the Olympic Summer Games. Several ocean freight containers filled with timothy hay supplied by Anderson Hay & Grain Co. Inc. arrived in Athens, Greece to stock Olympic equestrian facilities.

—Aug. 14, 2004

20 years ago

Watch out for black cats and ladders! The last Friday the 13th is this August for the 1900 millennium. There will not be another Friday the 13th until after 2000.

— Aug. 13, 1999

30 years ago

A crop-duster who dumped pesticide on the wrong bean field ruined 13 years of work by a Central Washington farmer trying to bring in an organically-grown crop. The farmer in George, Wash., heard a plane flying low and saw it swooping over this field. He ran frantically waving his hands but a flood of milky white spray settled over his beans. State agriculture officials say it will be at least two years or more before they can once again certify as organic any crop grown on the 60-acre field.

— Aug. 14, 1989

50 years ago

Money does fall from trees! Carl Harrell, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Harrell, Rt. 1, who, while raking debris from the trees his family were trimming near his home yesterday, uncovered two $100 bills marked “The Confederate States and United States of America” and dated 1862. The Harrell’s are currently looking for some way to preserve the money and keep it, although young Carl expressed a desire to sell them to a collector. The dollars, although not refundable, may be extremely valuable as a collector item.

— Aug. 13, 1969

75 years ago

Manager Mac Anderson of the Ellensburg Flying Service and a passenger, Lee L. Scott, escaped injury when a small Piper Cub Coupe, piloted by Anderson cracked up during a takeoff at Bowers auxiliary field in Reecer creek. The plane fell in from about 50 feet, nosed over when the wind caught a wing, and flopped on its back. The aileron controls were locked, preventing the operation of the controls.

— Aug. 14, 1944

100 years ago

Construction of a building for the Normal School has begun with the letting of contracts. F. C. Peterson company of Yakima and Spokane, are in charge of the construction, excavation of the site has started.

Contracts for materials and labor will be entered into later. The grading work is being done by a local firm. Brick for the outside walls has already been secured through Washington Brick and Lime Co, of Spokane. The contract requires completion by January 1, But the firm believes construction may be complete by the Fall.

— Aug. 12, 1919

Monica Mersinger is a historic preservationist documenting Northwest history, photography and is a local history columnist for the Daily Record.

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