1964: Mel Stottlemyre Day proclaimed by Mabton mayor

1994: Brett Blair, Joel Sanchez and Jimmy Smith (L-R) were among the Grizzlies celebrating the 8-0 Sunnyside High School homecoming victory over the Othello Huskies.

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1994: Brett Blair, Joel Sanchez and Jimmy Smith (L-R) were among the Grizzlies celebrating the 8-0 Sunnyside High School homecoming victory over the Othello Huskies.


Over the Shoulder
A look back in time from the files of the Sunnyside Daily Sun News and Sunnyside Sun

100 YEARS AGO…(1914)

John T. Robertson, an employee at Sunnyside’s First National Bank branch office, was tasked by Yakima’s American Red Cross with collecting donations for the British Red Cross fund.

At the request of Washington Gov. Lister, Sunnyside schools observed peace day, a day of prayer for peace in the warring countries in Europe.

90 YEARS AGO…(1924)

Members of the Outlook Grange announced plans to build a grange hall adjacent to the Outlook school property.

The U.S. Forest Service asked 17 cigarette makers to insert fire danger warning cards in packages, alerting smokers to extinguish lit cigarettes.

80 YEARS AGO…(1934)

Washington State Normal School of Ellensburg was offering extension courses in Sunnyside, according to H.J. Whitney, who worked for the school. The classes included ethics and philosophy of education, child psychology and social psychology.

Sunnyside hosted the seventh annual Dairy Show, showcasing close to 200 head of stock owned by dairymen from throughout the Yakima Valley.

70 YEARS AGO…(1944)

Sunnyside High School students elected class officers. Ray Munson was elected senior class president, Darrel Cook was named vice president of the senior class, Molly Lou Jensen was elected secretary and Elsie Schilperoort was elected to the treasurer’s position. The junior class elected Cliff McDonald as its president, sophomores elected Steven Smith as their class president and the freshman class president was Donald Smith.

Named as the cast members for “Ever Since Eve” produced by the Sunnyside High School senior class were Junior McCreedy, Janet Barnard, Donna Davenport, Jim Funk, Jo Asselstine, Joanne Stahlhut, Dick Horton, Phil Reeves, Bob Hickenbottom, Afton Bishop, Jack Hunter, Darrel cook, Gene Asselstine, Wyatt Soderling and Dick Schlonga.

60 YEARS AGO…(1954)

Armed bandits robbed Sunnyside’s Star-Lite drive-in theatre. Yakima County Sheriff’s Deputy Jack Runyon said some of the money was recovered in the Sunnyside canal three miles east of the city, as was a .32 caliber gun used in the crime.

50 YEARS AGO…(1964)

Pete Pitzer of Yakima was the winner of the eighth annual Banana Belt Golf Tournament at Lower Valley Golf Club after carding a 3-under-par 141.

Mabton Mayor Del Hunt proclaimed Oct. 12 as Mel Stottlemyre Day, urging the community to attend an event honoring the local boy who was a pitching star for the New York Yankees.

40 YEARS AGO…(1974)

Grape growers in the Yakima Valley, upset with Seneca Foods’ planned price payments, threatened to take the company to court. Seneca planned to pay growers $60 per ton, but the growers claimed contracts called for the company to pay “the average market price.”

Leona Danielson was installed as the grand matriarch of the Grand Ladies Encampment Auxiliary of Washington, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. A reception in her honor was held at the Grandview Odd Fellows Hall.

20 YEARS AGO…(1994)

Wal-Mart officially opened its retail store in Sunnyside. On hand for the celebration were CEO David Glass and store manager Dan Simantel, as well as Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce President Mike Aguirre and Miss Sunnyside court members Tabitha Trevino, Summer Kinsey, Tiffany Thornton and Violet Hysell.

10 YEARS AGO…(2004)

Andrea Phillips was crowned 2004-05 Miss Sunnyside. Her princesses were Jamie Durbin, Megan Cornelius and Jacqueline DeRuyter.

Marlee Ziegler, 16, of Sunnyside performed the National Anthem at the opening ceremony of the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Convention held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.



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