DAYVILLE – Five mayors – four past and one current – will serve as grand marshals in Dayville’s Fourth of July parade Friday as the town holds a two-day celebration.
In addition to festivities for Independence Day, Dayville is also marking 100 years since being incorporated as a city.
Jody Winkelman – Dayville’s current mayor – and former mayors Robert Waltenburg, Peggy J. Adams, Earl Perry and Fred Youngren will be in the parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m.
Parade chairman Ila Bennett will oversee the parade lineup which begins, along with judging, at 9:30 a.m. east of town.
“We have activities planned for Friday and Saturday,” Winkelman said. “We’re hoping for a really good turnout and a happy celebration for Dayville’s 100th year.”
Mayor since January 2011, Winkelman is deputy clerk at Dayville School.
“I’ve lived in Dayville most of my life – I grew up and went to school here,” she said.
She and her husband Ed have two grown daughters, Emma in Dayville and Marley in Prairie City. Jody’s dad and a sister also live in Dayville.
“Keeping the infrastructure going” is the biggest part of her job, she said, adding the city is also trying to secure a grant to renovate the community hall.
The town has held various fund-raisers for the hall which is used for plays, programs, wedding receptions and other events.
“I love Dayville because it is a beautiful place to live and work,” she said. “The community is a great place for children to grow up in. It’s a friendly, quiet little city that many, many people will always call ‘home.’”
Winkelman succeeded Robert Waltenburg, who also still lives in Dayville.
Mayor from January 2005 to December 2010, Waltenburg said the town has a lot of community pride.
“It’s a strong community and it’s successful because of the people who live here,” he said.
Waltenburg moved to Dayville in 1991, with his wife Debbie, to take a teaching position at the school.
They have two daughters, Daryl Ann, a student at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, and Jamie, a junior at Dayville School.
He now splits his time working as Grant County Education Service District superintendent in John Day and county superintendent/technology director of the North Central ESD in Condon.
It was during Waltenburg’s time on the city council and as mayor that the town replaced their city water towers and drilled a city well.
One of the highlights of being mayor was working with city recorder Ruthie Moore, he said.
“What will be exciting, is seeing the end result of her hard work, being the driver of everything in Dayville,” he said, regarding this weekend’s celebration.
Adams, who lives currently lives in Bend, was mayor from July 1995-December 2004. Moore noted that Adams was instrumental in the installation of the city’s sewer system.
Perry of Mt. Vernon, was mayor from January 1987 to April 1988, and Fred Youngren, now living in California, was mayor from 1981 to August 1982.
Dayville’s first mayor was John “J.E.” Snow.
It was Oct. 25, 1913, when the decision for Dayville to be incorporated passed in a vote.
“Everything started in January of 1914,” said Moore.