The first, and perhaps only, newspaper in Waverly, Washington was called the Waverly Optimist. I’m not sure how they handled bad news. However, this is how the paper recalled the town’s earliest history in 1900:
The cheerless winter blasts of 1878-9 were anything but comfortable for the pioneers who had left their homes in the east and cast their lots amid the hills and valleys, plains and forests of eastern Washington. At this time a few settlements had been made in the wilderness.
Here and there the advance guard of civilization took up homesteads or ‘squatted’ in the most convenient and desirable places. A number of these pioneer settlers located in the vicinity of what is now the subject of this sketch [Waverly] and with strong arms and stout hearts entered upon the task of developing the resources of a country whose fame and glory has far outshone the splendor of their brightest dreams.
‘Could Hurt or Enter’
Camera: Argus C3 (1953)
Film: Kodak Vision 3 200T (5213)
Waverly, Spokane County, Washington