1998: Bonnie Dunbar makes fifth space flight

2008: The Oscar Mayer wiener mobile made an appearance at the Sunnyside Wal-Mart Store, as part of a national jingle contest promotion.

Daily Sun file photo
2008: The Oscar Mayer wiener mobile made an appearance at the Sunnyside Wal-Mart Store, as part of a national jingle contest promotion.


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

100 YEARS AGO (1918)

The Friday afternoon Club spent the day at the Gosset-Sorensen home sewing and knitting items for the American Red Cross.

Men, “not of the selective draft age” were being sought to enlist in the U.S. Army’s veterinary services. More than 2,000 men were being sought to handle the military

Horses. Pay ranged from $30 to $50 a month, plus room, food and clothing.

90 YEARS AGO (1928)

Mrs. Lee Wright of Sunnyside won the title of woman milking champion at the state’s dairymen’s convention held in Mt. Vernon.

In Sunnyside, well diggers were reboring and straightening a well casing to below the 1,000-foot mark on the city’s new well. The workers were hoping for a good flow of soft water.

70 YEARS AGO (1948)

The World-famous General Platoff Don Cossack Choir appeared on the Lincoln Auditorium Stage performing Russian folk songs and dance.

Roger Palmer’s family and friends were as thrilled as he was when it was learned he had won a news Kaiser car in a nation-wide Kaiser-Frazer car contest.

60 YEAR AGO (1958)

The Mayor and Mrs. Lloyd Smith attended the Association of Washington Cities meetings held in Seattle.

New glass backboards were installed in the Sunnyside High School gymnasium basketball courts. The backboards were financed in large part by the students, who wanted a modern look on the courts.

50 YEARS AGO (1968)

The Planters Hotel and Liberty Theatre on South Sixth Street were destroyed in a spectacular fire causing more than half million dollars’ worth of damage. A. Van Diest, owner of the hotel, said he had no immediate plans to rebuild. Lloyd Honey, owner of the Liberty Theatre, announced he would build a theater auditorium in conjunction with his Starlight Drive-in.

Bids were opened to complete grading and paving of four and half miles on the Sunnyside-Mabton Highway.

40 YEARS AGO (1978)

Coast to Coast Hardware Store was advertising cast iron boxwood heaters for $94.88 and kerosene heaters for $21.88.

The Sunnyside Ministerial Association reported it had distributed 146 Christmas baskets during the past holiday. It was also reported that a donation of two cows by the Carter Elliot Dairy was used to provide meet to the baskets. The association further reported it had spent $3,507 for family aid during the previous year.

30 YEARS AGO (1988)

Albert Garza of Sunnyside High School collected three conductive impressive victories in the Class AAA Eastern Regional Wrestling Tournament in Spokane. He came home with the region’s 115-pound mat title.

Rose Ann Daniel of Sunnyside was named the Alpha Phi Chapter Sweetheart.

Arnola and Bob Bos celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary.

20 YEARS AGO (1998)

NASA astronaut Bonnie Dunbar of Sunnyside-Outlook reported she would be headed back into space for her fifth voyage. She was assigned as the senior flight engineer and payload commander on the Endeavor in a mission to dock with the Russian Space station Mir.

Sunnyside police seized more than $30,000 in cocaine, heroin, guns and money in an early morning raid on Lincoln Avenue.

The Nathan Zahaki Family moved to Sunnyside where he was to serve as pastor to the Grace Brethren Church congregation. He and his wife Kelly have two sons, Micah and Joel.

10 YEARS AGO (2008)

City Councilwoman Theresa Hancock and her daughter Cheyenne LaViolette are promoting a bill on food allergies. The mother-daughter duo urged local lawmakers to adopt a food allergy and anaphylactic bill to manage the risks in schools.

Governor Christina Gregoire appointed Jerri Honeyford of Sunnyside to the State Historic Preservation Council, charged with the saving of historic building throughout the state.



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