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Looking Back: Sept. 11, Thorp Mill, broken saw mill

September 12, 2017

15 years ago

The American Legion commander Donald Cobin laid a wreath at the foot of the Rotary Pavilion during a memorial service in Ellensburg. Frank Van Geystel of Cle Elum drove to Ellensburg with wife, Katherine, to attend the noon ceremony remembering the dead and survivors of the terriorists attacks a year ago. Van Geystel, 63, said he felt a strong need to gather again. “I came here today mostly to show my respect to those people who lost their lives,” he said quietly. “My thoughts go out to the people who lost loved ones.” A crowd of over 200 ringed the pavilion for the ceremony.

— Sept. 12, 2002

20 years ago

The first of what will be monthly awards recognizing excellence in job performance by Kittitas County government employees was given to Michael Neer, a geographic information systems technician in the county Planning Department. The award was made during the county commissioners’ meeting. Nomination forms are available from the county’s Human Resources and the public is encouraged to submit county employees for nominations of the award.

— Sept. 12, 1997

30 years ago

The old Thorp mill could some day creak back to life if members of the newly formed Thorp Mill Town Historical Preservation Society have their way.

Nearly 50 Thorp residents and out-of-town visitors packed a Thorp High School classroom to hear society members discuss their plans to refurbish the mill and open it to the public. So many people attended the meeting, it had to be moved to the gymnasium to handle the crowd. They hope to buy the property with a donation from a former Thorp resident and Thorp High School graduate who now lives in California. The society hopes to have the mill open in time for the state centennial in 1989.

— Sept. 11, 1987

50 years ago

West Fifth Avenue, a bone of public contention, plus virtually all of 14th Avenue will be paved and completed by late October.

City Manager Robert Hutchison, who acknowledged the citizenry’s discontent with the project, told Chamber members that construction has been complicated and delayed by necessary utility line relocation. The installation of a 12-inch water line to serve Twin City Foods plus the moving of two culverts and resultant dislocation of telephone cables and gas mains made the job far harder than had been expected, according to Hutchison.

— Sept. 13, 1967

75 years ago

The main engine in the Ellensburg Lumber company’s sawmill here was completely wrecked yesterday when a pin in the drive shaft worked loose, allowing the engine to race out of control at high speed until it shook itself to pieces. When the pin loosened, the engine raced and was out of balance and one by one parts flew off the frame, it cracked and the entire engine structure was wrecked. O.W. Sinclair, head of the company is in Seattle today doing everything possible to obtain an engine to replace the old one and get the mill back into operation.

— Sept. 12, 1942

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