April 20, 1899
The Pacific American Fish company has not yet announced where it will build its cannery and establish its principal place of business on the sound. Bellingham bay papers still claim that Fairhaven will be favored. People who apparently ought to know, however, seem to think that Anacortes will win the prize. …
While the main location is yet a matter of doubt, many minor details are being arranged. Mr. Lord has been busy getting out estimates of lumber required for the many buildings. Mr. McMillan’s duties extend over a wide field. One of his ﬁrst duties was to select a site for a net house. Upwards of thirty acres were required for this and for the preparation of the web. Several locations were examined, but the one most likely to be finally chosen is on the west side of Guemes island, about five miles from this city.
April 22, 1909
The council adopted a resolution of intention to improve Commercial avenue from the alley between Ninth and and Tenth streets to the south line of Fifteenth street — a 14-foot cement walk to be built on the east side of Commercial avenue between Ninth and Tenth, and a 14-foot plank sidewalk on both sides from Tenth to Fifteenth.
City Engineer Gerhard estimates that the improvement, including the fill, grading and bridging — requiring 600 linear feet of piling, 471 piles and about 7,000 yards of earth — will cost $15,942.52. The city is to stand for 25 per cent of the cost of the improvement from Eleventh to Fifteenth.
A resolution was also adopted for the improvement of Ninth street from the east line of Q avenue to 120 feet west of the west line of E, (with) 14-foot cement sidewalks both sides from Q to O and 6-foot cement sidewalks and wood gutters the remaining ten blocks, estimated total cost $29,290.08.
April 17, 1919
Next week is official clean-up week for Anacortes. Mayor E.E. Haugen designated it as such at the meeting of the city council Tuesday night, and plans were discussed for making the clean-up of the city as thorough as possible.
Mayor Haugen stated that there are a number of small garbage dumps around town that are objectionable, and that two in particular were so bad that the garbage man was instructed to clean them up and put in his bill to the city.
Mayor Haugen told the council that Dr. H.E. Frost, city health officer, had been through a number of alleys in the city and had found conditions unsanitary and objectionable. … Dr. Frost stated, the council was told, that those who dump garbage out in the alleys without proper consideration for sanitary requirements will be arrested and prosecuted.
April 18, 1929
Merger of all the strictly freight-carrying steamboat lines on Puget Sound into one big company, which was effected Thursday at Tacoma, will not affect Anacortes interests greatly, but will enable the merged company to increase its service from four boats weekly to six weekly, instead of four times each week as at present.
The Skookum Chief will be added to the Belana and Seatac on the Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Anacortes and Bellingham run. These boats, too, will give service to the San Juan islands from Anacortes, Bellingham and Seattle.
The merger, to be known eventually as the Puget Sound Freight Lines, includes 15 steamboats, and the business and fleet of the Merchants’ Transportation company.
April 14, 1949
Construction work on Anacortes’ new half-million dollar Central Grade School is expected to be finished by August 15th of this year, ready for use when the 1949-50 school year opens in the city this fall. …
Bulldozers have been active at the school grounds during the past ten days, clearing off the grounds around the building for the playgrounds.
When occupied this fall, the new structure will house 13 classrooms and offices. … Additional rooms for the auditoriums, play sheds and other features of the building, for which residents of this city voted a millage rate last fall, are still awaiting state matching money, which is not available at this time.
April 16, 1959
The fate of Anacortes will be revealed at 8 a.m. tomorrow when city officials open an envelope containing special Civil Defense instructions following an early morning mock attack by enemy bombers.
The make-believe disaster will touch off a test of the state civil defense system, in which 36 counties and special areas will participate, according to State Civil Defense Director Charles Ralls. It will be part of a nationwide alert, which will be signaled when all television and radio stations go off the air for a half-hour tomorrow morning.
Final instructions will be given Anacortes participants in a meeting slated tonight at 7:30 at City Hall.
April 17, 1969
More than 25 thousand persons traveled through Ship Harbor Terminal in Anacortes last month, according to traffic statistics for March released this week by the Washington State Ferries office.
The total, 25,643, represents an increase of 2,138 over comparable figures for March of 1968.
Orcas was the most popular Island destination in March, with 8,104 drivers and passengers traveling between that port and Anacortes. During the same period, 7,748 persons traveled between Anacortes and Friday Harbor.
April 18, 1979
The developer behind a proposed marina at the sound end of town on Fidalgo Bay says that building the 700-boat facility will improve the bay’s water quality, not hurt it.
“I think dredging there will have to clean the water up,” remarked N.J. Soldano, president of Sefab, Inc., of Seattle. “I don’t believe anything can live in that water filled with rotting wood.”
The proposed marina site, a former log dump, also has been used by area residents as a garbage dump, Soldano said, adding that just a few weeks ago he caught a man with a truck load of refuse dumping it into the water there. … Soldano said the Anacortes site was selected for the marina because, “we feel it is ecologically the best place for a marina and economically, there’s a real need for it.”
April 19, 1989
When voters go to the polls to decide the fate of a $5.8 million Anacortes School District bond May 16, they also will be asked to approve a $237,400 maintenance and operations levy for the Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center. …
The money will be used for the normal day to day operations and other major repair projects, (Director Greg Schmidt) said. The roof over the pool will need to be resurfaced. Preliminary quotes put the project at about $9,000, Schmidt said.
Money also is needed in case the boiler breaks. “It sprang a leak this year and we fixed it,” he explained. “But we’re afraid that it might happen again and we would have to replace it.”