This Week in the History of Walla Walla Valley: Building permits soar in Walla Walla with the start of two housing projects, December 15, 1948 | Story

From the archives of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin:

December 15, 1948

Building permits in Walla Walla soared on Wednesday with the issuance of several residential permits signaling the start of effective construction on two housing projects. Permits totaling $ 54,000 were issued to the Fred Hair Development Co. as construction on the Frazier Heights project began. Work is also progressing on the construction of the Milbrooke project east of Walla Walla.

Everything possible was being done by the Walla Walla Street Department to facilitate pedestrian and vehicle traffic following Tuesday’s heavy snowfall, which was recorded at 9.1 inches. Two small sidewalk tractors were used 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and evening to clear paths in residential neighborhoods. Between 2 a.m. Tuesday morning and noon Wednesday, Fred Needham, acting street foreman, only slept two hours, he confessed, after leading teams the rest of the time.

The mothers of 17 Athena boys who will be inducted into the Cub movement on Friday evening at a ceremony to be held in her school building met there on Tuesday afternoon. The January program of the new pack, which received number 52, was planned. The meeting took place at the home of Robin Woodroofe, cubmaster.

December 18, 1978

For the first time in US history, a case involving a husband raping his wife is on trial. “If we win, it’ll show men that they can’t do whatever they want with women,” Greta Rideout said in this story from AP wire from Salem, Oregon. “It is inhuman to think that you can abuse and manipulate your spouse because you have a legal document behind you.”

Local children from low-income families enjoy an annual Christmas shopping spree to purchase gifts for their family members courtesy of Walla Walla Jaycees, the local branch of the Junior Chamber of the United States . Each child had $ 3-4 to spend per gift. “Last year we had a child who wanted to buy a shotgun for his father,” recalls Jack Schoessler. “We try to explain what we can spend on each member of the family. Sometimes that’s hard to do with a 6 year old. The children each received a gift wrapped for themselves as well as a year-end party.

“The ex-witch finds the devil in music, movies, football,” the headline read. UB reporter Michael Prager writes that Johnny Todd, “once a witch, but now … saved by Jesus Christ,” spoke to a Cordiner Hall audience on Saturday night about how Lucifer and his earthly demons are trying to conquer the world. “A lot of people think there is no such thing as witchcraft,” Todd said. “Satan is very happy with it.” Online records show Todd, who has spoken across the country against “Dungeons & Dragons,” Catholicism, neopaganism and Christian rock, was convicted of rape in South Carolina and sentenced to 30 years in prison in 1988.

December 18, 2000

Walla Walla Schools receive an anonymous donation of $ 100,000 and plan to form a trust fund so that the money can be spent on a specific project: an all-weather trail. Without a trust fund, the money must go into the general district fund, according to Superintendent Rich Carter. And many districts lose such financial gifts when they cannot be spent on what the donor is asking for.

The Town of Walla Walla, Walla Walla Community College, County of Walla Walla and the US Army Corps of Engineers are raising funds to build a flood control dike on Mill Creek. The Walla Walla school board was considering a contribution of $ 15,000 to the project.

Gottschalks, at the Blue Mountain Mall near Rose Street, has a two-day, last-minute gift sale, with 20-6% off clothes, linens, pillows, cookie jars, candles and more again.

A new winery may soon join the rapidly growing list in Walla Walla County. College Place businessman Chuck Nelson obtains a conditional use permit for a cellar and tasting room at College Avenue and State Route 125.

Coinstar is expanding into eastern Washington, offering cash or in-store value for change in the Yakima and Tri-Cities area. “However, they won’t be going to Walla Walla anytime soon.” But if your pockets feel weighed down with coins while you wait, UB staff writes for the Monday Wash column, “Don’t hesitate to lighten your load by dropping your quarters, nickel coins, coins. dimes and cents in one of the many Salvation Army kettles around town They’ve run out of this holiday season.

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