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The June 5, 1919 edition of the Anacortes American featured a story about a day hike on Mount Erie. Read the story and other past editions of the Anacortes American, from 1890 to 1919, at WashingtonDigitalNewspapers.com.

June 8, 1899

The announcement was made Saturday that the stock and good will to the business in Anacortes of B.L. Martin had been sold to ex-State Senator Louis Foss. This was not altogether a surprise, for Mr. Foss has for some time been studying the possibilities of engaging in business here, and it was only a question whether he would start a new store, or succeed in buying Mr. Martin’s stock, the latter finally being decided upon.

E.A. Foss, son of the ex-senator, is in charge of the Anacortes store, while the senior Mr. Foss is conducting the store at Mount Vernon. Mr. Martin is retiring from mercantile pursuits after a career in this county covering many years, he being one of the pioneer merchants of Skagit county. …

The stock will continue to be kept up in all departments of wearing apparel, and it is hoped that townspeople generally will take a proper sense of pride in the store and do all of their trading in Anacortes, in preference to sending away. To trade with home merchants should be the motto of all our residents.

June 10, 1909

The Anacortes Public Library commission yesterday forwarded to Andrew Carnegie, Pittsburgh, for his approval, the plans for the library building submitted by Cox, Piper & Carder of Bellingham. Other designs were submitted from Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Los Angeles.

The building will be erected on a site having 100 feet frontage on Eighth street and 100 feet on M avenue, the southwest corner of Eighth and M. It will be a two-story structure, including the basement. The latter will be built of Skagit county cement and the superstructure will be of buff-colored pressed brick. A blue-print of the front may be seen at the American office. …

In the basement will be a men’s dressing room, janitor’s room, assembly hall 28x60 feet, work room and the heating plant, and also a men’s reading room. The main floor will have a lobby, vestibule, ladies’ dressing room, main reading room, book stack room and office. The building will cost nearly $10,000.

June 5, 1919

Delegates arriving for the fourteenth annual state convention of the Fraternal Order of Eagles to be held in Anacortes Monday and Tuesday will find plans all completed by the local aerie and state officials and everything in readiness for one of the most successful conventions in the history of the order. Entertainment for more more than 1000 has already been arranged for in the hotels and private homes, and before the visitors arrive the committee is confident there will be arrangements for all. …

A boat chartered by the Seattle aerie will arrive in Anacortes Sunday afternoon with 400 or more visitors or the convention, and several hundred more will arrive by automobile during the evening. Large delegations from all parts of the state will be arriving in time for the patriotic program and band concert at the city park. …

June 6, 1929

Councilmen, at the regular meeting of the council held at the city hall Tuesday evening, favored the raising of the rates charged for water in the city and will undoubtedly introduce an ordinance at the next meeting which will call for a higher rate. …

A petition was received from property owners requesting the grading and graveling of Fourteenth street from K avenue to the west line of Commercial avenue. The matter will be taken up later.

June 8, 1939

An $11,338 WPA project to clear and drain five acres of land lying between 23rd and 24th street, between M and N avenues, for a city playground was endorsed by the city council at its Tuesday evening session.

The project, which will be sent to Mount Vernon, then forwarded to Everett, Olympia and finally to Washington D.C., for approval, marks another tangible step taken in providing adequate playgrounds for children of the city. …

The playground project will find the city paying $2,844 out of the total $11,328. The city will absorb this amount in the supplying of gravel and the use of city trucks and the grader.

June 9, 1949

Anacortes’ proposed harbor improvements to the Cap Sante waterway cleared one of the last and most formidable hurdles during the past few days, according to word received here this week.

Word was to the effect that the Cap Sante Waterway project for Anacortes has been approved in its entirety by the head office of the Army engineers in Washington, D.C. This will include also a 380-foot breakwater for the proposed harbor improvements. …

The complete project to be handled by the Army engineers includes the dredging of an area 570 feet by 960 feet to allow for the building of more docking space and to give the harbor much more space for small vessels.

June 4, 1959

Anacortes’ new $1,300,000 water filter plant on the Skagit river will be open for public inspection this Sunday afternoon. …

The pressure type filtration plant is designed primarily to remove iron from the city’s water supply which is obtained from two Ranney Wells nearby and is believed to be the largest of its kind in the United States and possibly in the world. It was put into operation on March 11, 1958. …

There are 16 filters, each eight feet in diameter and 50 feet long. They are contained in metal pressure tanks. The plant currently is processing about 18 million gallons of water daily.

June 5, 1969

Anacortes City Councilmen this week took the first major step forward in a series of legal moves necessary to permit construction of a garden court apartment complex in southeastern Anacortes.

An ordinance changing land use for an 18-acre, undeveloped section near Whistle Lake Road was approved by 5-1 council vote during the regular meeting Tuesday night. Designation on the Land Use Map will be changed from unclassified and single-family to multi-family. …

The change was requested more than five months ago by Medford Company of Seattle, to allow construction of a garden court apartment complex.

June 6, 1979

Recent incidents of large-scale clear-cutting near Little Cranberry Lake in Anacortes have both surprised city officials and left some of them feeling a bit nervous about future such actions.

The cutting, covering at least 40 acres both east and south of the lake, took place during the last several weeks after the property owners contracted with a private timber firm for the work. Included among the group of owners are local realtor Buehl Berentson, his wife and his brother, state House Republican Co-Speaker Duane Berentson. The property, the realtor readily states, will eventually be developed.

The clearcutting was legal, according to city officials, despite its location near the lake. “It was on private property, and the owners were under no obligation to notify the city,” said city Director of Community Development Ken Kinzel.

June 7, 1989

Skagit County Commissioners voted Monday to extend a moratorium on salmon net-pen farms.

The action extends a current net pen moratorium to April 30, 1972, Commissioner Bill Vaux said. The moratorium doesn’t affect three net pens currently operating in the county, he said. The pens are located near Cypress Island and Kiket Island, just south of LaConner. …

Net pens, which were developed in Norway, have become common in Puget Sound and British Columbia … Norwegians have since placed heavy restrictions on net pens because of pollution problems. And local people worry that Atlantic salmon, the only fish that adapt to the net pen environment, will genetically supersede native Pacific salmon.

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