1988: DARE program graduates 300

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


2008 — Winter winds were clocked at more than 30 miles an hour.

110 YEARS AGO (1908)

Professor F.G. Bennett, Sunnyside High School principal, gave a speech on the life of Abraham Lincoln in honor of the 16th president’s birthday.

The high school organized a baseball team under the management of Roscoe Sheller and Capt. Glenn Campbell.

100 YEARS AGO (1918)

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson announced to the nation his confidence that the Allied war in Europe would end and “we must win.”

90 YEARS AGO (1928)

Sunnyside’s John Severyns was named to the Ford’s Day Committee representing the Commercial Club.

The Sunnyside School district enrollment topped 1,254 students, of which 300 attended high school. The school superintendent’s yearly salary was $3,300.

A 1928 Studebaker President’s Eight, which boasted a top speed of 80 miles per hour, was selling for $1,985 and $2,450.

80 YEARS AGO (1938)

Postmasters from Tieton to Pasco met at Sunnyside’s Planters Hotel to discuss issues faced within their various service areas. Sunnyside Post Master Jessie Severyns hosted a tour of the community’s new post office as part of the event.

Classes for students who worked during the day, were being offered to students ages 16-24, at the High school. The classes were designed to enable the students, who worked on farms to complete their education.

Sunnyside’s Upland Winery was awarded first-place honors for its Burgundy wine in a competition hosted by Manufacturing Association of Washington. The winery’s Sauterne wine was awarded a third-place medal.

70 YEARS AGO (1948)

Sunnyside residents were treated to a University of Washington performance of the English comedy “She Stoops to Conquer.”

A record windstorm halted traffic in the Yakima Valley, blowing snowdrifts over roads and highways. The storm took out 17 power poles an in the Outlook community. The winds were recorded at speeds as high as 30 mph.

60 YEAR AGO (1958)

The city of Sunnyside banned overnight street parking in the downtown business area, after it purchased a street sweeper to keep the downtown clean.

Calvary Lutheran Church held the dedication of its new building in Sunnyside. Rev. Delbert C. Schroeder of Kennewick a member of the board of the Northwest

District of the Lutheran Church oversaw the

dedication of the Harrison Avenue church.

50 YEARS AGO (1968)

The J&D Super Duper Grocery Store in Sunnyside sold a head of lettuce for 19 cents per pound.

Errol Brown was elected chairman of the Chamber of Commerce retail merchants committee. He was the owner and manager of Totem Sales.

40 YEARS AGO (1978)

Sunnyside Valley Memorial Hospital hosted an open house for community members in celebration of its $2.3 million expansion project.

Sunnyside Safeway Store was issued a building permit for a $650,000 addition to the store. The expansion was expected to add more than 14,000 square feet to the market.

30 YEARS AGO (1988)

Sunnyside High School student Amy Ashby served as a Legislative page in the state House of Representatives. She was sponsored by Rep. Forrest Baugher of Parker.

Sunnyside Police Officer Rocky Wallace oversaw the graduation of 300 middle school children graduate from the Sunnyside School District’s DARE program.

20 YEARS AGO - (1998)

Sunnyside City acting city manager Mark Kunkler received a pay raise, bringing his monthly salary to $5,521.

10 YEARS AGO - (2008)

Sunnyside City Councilman Paul Garcia was elected by his fellow councilmen as the first Hispanic mayor of the community. He previously served on the city Planning Commission. His first duty was to begin the recruitment process for a new city manager.

Grandview VFW Post “6929 commander Domingo Ramirez was honored by the National Guard 790th Chemical Company of Grandview with the Minute man award. The VFW post had adopted the Guard company when it was deployed to Iraq.


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