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Thursday, January 22, 2015 Free Press Page 7 LOOKING BACK 10 Years Ago Jan. 27, 2005 A recent small fire caused little structural damage but filled Cheney's Bill's Tavern with plenty of smoke and would keep the business closed for the foreseeable future. The Medical Lake City Council voted unanimously to eliminate a gambling tax charged to two of the community's bars, The Dirty Shame and Wagon Wheel. Medical Lake collected an easy 55- 12 wrestling victory over Chewelah in which they got key wins from Josh Helm, Travis Southwick, Justin Thueringer and Randall Johnson, all part of the Cards' sweeping the final matches. 20 Years Ago Jan. 26,1995 The city of Cheney was con- sidering modeling a new parking program that would accommodate increasing numbers of Eastern Washington University students. It was patterned after one found in Missoula, Mont. Cheney officials were once again lobbying to get State Route 904 wid- ened to four lanes. The Cheney Lady Hawks basket- ball team completed the first half of their Frontier League season a perfect 5-0 and an even better 14-0 in all games for the Marty Jessett- coached team. 30 Years Ago Jan. 31, 1985 Utility rates in Cheney were set to increase following a vote of the City Council. Mayor Tom Trulove said there were no public objections to the 9.5 percent bump in.water bills, or a 7.5 increase in sewer rates. Three members of the EWU Board of Trustees, Holly Sonneland, James Ray and Deborah Reis, announced they would step down from their positions. Two of the vacancies would be filled by Mike Ormsby and Jean Beschel. Assistant coach Joe Folda was named by athletics director Ron Raver to replace Jerry Krause as head men's basketball coach at EWU. Krause, com- pleting his 17th season as head coach, was stepping down to concentrate on teaching. 40 Years Ago Jan. 30, 1975 The frozen body of a 27-year-old Eastern Washington State College stu- dent was found recently in a shed on property near Betz Road. Authorities were trying to determine the cause of death of David H. Reel. Inventor and founder of Cheney Weeder Company, Norton Wolfe Sr. passed away recently in his home in San Gabriel, Calif. Wolfe invented a device which churned out weeds and other foreign matter and made grain crops grow better. Medical Lake's boy's basketball team improved its record to 13-1 fol- lowing a 67-53 victory over West Val- ley in which Charlie Yankus scored 23 points. 50 Years Ago Jan. 29, 1965 The Cheney School Board voted to authorize a special levy election to be held March 16 to fund the purchase of a variety of equzpment, including school buses for use by the new high school, scheduled to open in the fall of 1966. The past year was somewhat busier than in 1963 according to Ch~ney Po- lice Chief J.A. Crawford who reported there were 82 accident investigations and 243 arrests. A total of $2,265 was collected in court receipts. Cheney got wins from pins or falls from Rick Miller, Bill Purvis, Mill Mc- Millan, Keith Koch and Gary Ruepple en route to a 40-13 wrestling victory over Deer Park. OBITUARIES Ruth Elizabeth Venemon Lewis Ruth Elizabeth Ven- emon Lewis of Cheney passed away Dec. 7, 2014. She was 94. She was a be- loved wife, mother, grand- mother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and will be dearly missed. She is survived by daughters Marilyn Droz of Mukilteo, Wash. and Ruth Ann Lewis of Lake- land Village, son-in-law Roger, grandsons Dan- iel and David; nephews John Venemon, Charles Venemon, Joel Venemon, Dann Lewis; nieces Lori Phillips, Judy Young, Ruby Quenzer, Cleo Peterson; cousin Har- mon Johnson and many friends. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Nelson, her parents Jesse Warren and Elsie Gladys Luther Ven- emon; broth- ers Jack Venemon and Bob Venemon; niece Chrisanne Venemon and nephew Bill Venemon. Ruth was born March 1, 1920 on a stump ranch near Castle Rock, Wash. and grew up on a fruit ranch d~t~Great De- pression in Tieton, Wash. where she graduated from Tieton High School in 1937 as valedictorian. After graduating from St. Elizabeth's School for Nursing in Yakima in 1941, Ruth supervised the St. Elizabeth's pedi- atrics department from 1941-1943. She served as general duty Army nurse in Nome, Alaska from 1943-1946. When World War II ended she returned to Tieton and worked in nursing. In 1950 she mar- ried Nelson Lewis, a Vo- Ag teacher. Before settling in Cheney from 1967-1970, Ruth and Nelson lived in various small towns in Washington state. Ruth and Nelson set- tied in Cheney for good in 1975. Ruth retired from nursing at Cheney Care Center in 1988. Ruth en- joyed family, friends, children, animals, read- ing and Christian radio. She was a member of Cheney Community Church. Ironically she spent the last five years of her life as a resident at Cheney Care Center. A memorial service will be held at Cheney Community Church, Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. with pastors Jerry Malone and Steven Het- rick officiating with a reception to follow. Ruth was buried Dec. 11, 2014 at Spangle Cemetery. Cheney Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrange- ments. Special thanks to the staff of Cheney Care Cen- ter. Memorial contribu- tions may be made to Cheney Care Center, des- ignated "Resident Activi- ties," Cheney Community Church, or contribute a goat to the third world through World Concern: globalgift- Send obits to: Keep to 400 words or less, pictures welcome FREE Parking 7 Nights A Week Porfiria G. Ybarra Porfiria (Pila) G. Ybarra, 87, a long-time resident of Warden, Wash., and Cheney in her later years, passed away peace- fully on Jan. 15, 2015 at Cheney Care Center. She was born on Feb. 26, 1927 in Mercedes, Texas, the daughter of Martiliano and Leandra (Sanchez) Gutierrez. She is sur- vived by her chiIdren, Gil- berto (Twila) Hernandez; Geneva (Juan, Jr.) Ybarra; Gregg (Sandi) Ybarra; Bito Jr. (Julie) Ybarra; Glo- ria (Rick) Johnson; Jorge (Crystal Sullivan) Ybar- ra; two brothers, Ramiro Gutierrez of Hollister, Calif. and Tomas Guti- errez of Gilroy, Calif.; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bito V. Ybarra Sr.; her sister, Francisca Gutier- rez; her brother, Fran- cisco Gutierrez and her granddaughter, Shanna Kay Hernandez. Services were held Jan. 19, with interment Tickets for Cheney's annual Blackhawk Athletic Dessert and Silvent Aution on sale Tickets for the annual Cheney High School Blackhawk Athletic Dessert and Silent Auction are now on sale. The auction takes place Friday, March 6 at the high school from 6 - 8 p.m.. Tickets are $2 per person and can be purchased at the high school's main office or the business office. All proceeds from the auction support CHS athletic programs. Come meet some of the Blackhawks coaches, pick up information on ath- letics, summer camps and the booster club while bidding on great items and desserts. For more information call the high school main office at 559-4000. at Pioneer Memorial Gardens. Please sign the online guestbook or leave a note for the fam- ily at www.kayserscha- Arrangements are in care of Kayser's Chapel and Crematory. 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