0522 looking back

May 25, 1899

A sad accident by which William C. Fordney lost his life occurred at about seven o’clock Friday evening at the Seattle & Northern Railway’s logging rollway in Fidalgo bay, just south of town. It happened as the inward bound train was switching the cars loaded with logs to the side track. Fordney was a brakeman on the train and an attempt at coupling had just been made and failed. Fordney then jumped on the log rollway, at the outer side of the track, apparently to signal the engineer for another trial, when a log rolled off one of the cars, and crushed him to death. …

Fordney had been in the employ of the company for about eighteen months. He was an industrious, steady worker, and stood well with the company, as well as about town. Before coming here he resided at Portland, Oregon, where he was connected with the city government. He was a son of the Rev. D. L. Fordney, formerly pastor of the Presbyterian church of this city, but now of Port Madison. He leaves a wife and three children.

May 27, 1909

Anacortes now has the best steamboat service ever furnished in the entire history of the city. The service to and from Seattle, all provided by the Inland Navigation Co., include the steamers Utopia and Waialeale arriving here from Seattle every morning except Sunday about 6 or 7 a.m., leaving for Seattle at 10 p.m. daily except Sunday, arriving in Seattle at 7 the following morning; the steamer Perdita arriving daily except Sunday from Seattle at 7 a.m. and leaving for Seattle daily except Sunday at 10:30 a.m., reaching Seattle at 4:30 p.m.; and the splendid and commodious steamship Chippewa, which made its initial trip on Tuesday of this week.

The acquisition of the steamship Chippewa was largely due to the work of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, and especially to Melville Curtis, who went to Seattle and personally urged General Manager Joshua Green to give Anacortes the desired schedule, which Mr. Green finally granted, so that throughout the summer visitors to the A-Y-P exposition may daily enjoy a daylight steamship ride from Seattle to the scenic wonderland of Puget Sound …

The fare on any of these vessels from Seattle north, or from the north to Seattle, remains at $1.

May 22, 1919

Plans for the launching of the Leoti at the Anacortes yard of the Sloan Shipyards Corporation at 5:30 o’clock next Wednesday afternoon, May 28, have been completed. …

The Leoti, as she leaves the local plant, will carry insurance of $600,000. She is built for the Emergency Fleet Corporation. She is of the Ferris type, with 3,600 dead weight tonnage, and her hull has been pronounced by various inspectors to be the best built on the Coast.

May 23, 1929

A large caravan of Rotarians and their wives left Monday morning to inspect the sights at Newhalem and Diablo dam, being the guests of the city of Seattle on a special sight-seeing tour that had been arranged to see where Seattle’s source of electricity came from.

The huge dam now under construction is said to represent an investment of $4,000,000. The party also inspected the power plant at Newhalem, where new generators recently installed were viewed.

May 25, 1939

The Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, at its meeting on Monday, May 22, took steps to avoid a possible shingle strike in Anacortes tentatively scheduled for June 5th, when they voted to send a letter to Governor Martin asking for assistance.

Members of the shingleweavers union were present at the Monday noon meeting of the chamber and explained to chamber members that negotiations between the shinglemen and the companies had been broken off.

The chamber, while not attempting to take sides in the matter, upon motion presented by Paul Luvera voted to send a letter to the governor asking that he personally urge that negotiations be taken up again so that a strike may be averted.

May 26, 1949

Tuesday night, in a battle between the farmers and their allies and the combined manufacturing, tourist and merchandising interests, the farmers emerged victorious. Anacortes will not go on Daylight Saving time June 1st.

The case for daylight saving was presented by Mr. Harris, representing the tourist industry and the chamber of commerce; a deputation from Guemes Island and several sympathizers. Their contention, that with all the major cities on the coast being on daylight it would avoid confusion to conform, evidently fell on deaf ears. The rebuttal by representatives of the Grange and the Skagit P.U.D. that they could not get their cows and chickens to switch over carried the field. …

Be it as it may, Anacortes will not set her clocks ahead this year. A motion made by councilman Ellin and seconded by Ginnett was carried with but one dissenting vote, that of Dr. Dodge.

Carry this reminder with you for the balance of the summer. If you want to catch a ferry, or call or go to Bellingham, Everett, Seattle, etc., IT IS LATER THAN YOU THINK.

May 21, 1959

Texaco’s Puget Sound refinery is tentatively scheduled to begin receiving Canadian crude oil July 1.

The Trans-Mountain Pipeline will deliver about 8,000 barrels a day when the new imports begin, Supt. J.T. Froelich said today.

Delivery of the crude oil from Alberta will start at the Shell refinery early in June, as previously announced, but Texaco won’t get the Canadian oil until July.

May 22, 1969

An in-depth study of the development and uses of nuclear energy and its effects on our state’s natural environment is called for in a resolution passed by the House in the closing days of the legislative session, according to Representatives Don Eldridge and Duane Berentson.

“Specifically, the resolution is aimed at determining what effects the proposed nuclear-power generation plant at Kiket Island would have,” Representative Berentson said. “Right now we just don’t know what might happen.”

The House Resolution recognizes the economic importance of proper development of nuclear energy, but at the same time asks for the study to see if the proposed plant’s cooling process may be injurious to the natural water temperatures around the island.

(Editor’s note: The plan for the envisioned nuclear power plant on the island was dropped in 1972. In 2010, Kiket Island was purchased for preservation as a state park to be co-owned and co-managed by Washington state and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Public access is limited to hiking to protect the island’s pristine environment.)

May 23, 1979

A proposed route to the west end of town, something that the city has been talking about for years, is close to becoming a reality.

City council, at its meeting Monday, designated the new route, an extension of 32nd Street that will hook up with Kingsway in Skyline, and also deeded a 200-foot strip of land along each side of the 100-foot road right-of-way as city parks land.

The parks designation of adjoining land is intended to keep development from occurring along the road, which will cross lands never before opened up to general public access. Almost all of the property the road will cross is city watershed.

May 24, 1989

Although Whidbey NAS has completed its sound monitoring for a study of overhead jet flight noise, some parties involved in the probe have said more extensive work might have to be done to more accurately reflect the noise problem.

On Jim Bertolino’s Guemes Island property, the contracted sound firm of Miller, Harris, Miller, Hanson, Inc. of Lexington, Mass., monitored for 72 hours in early May, he said. But Bertolino said he recorded 19 overhead flights the morning of May 2, before the company’s consultant, Maureen Sales, set up her equipment. After her arrival, the overflights diminished, he said. “She claimed the Navy didn’t know where the monitors were, but if I can find out, why can’t the Navy find out?,” Bertolino said.

The Navy has been required to complete a $500,000 Environmental Impact Statement in regard to noise from jet overflights, which has triggered protests from several citizen groups. Sound studies will include Guemes and Fidalgo islands, La Conner and areas adjacent to the landing fields on Whidbey Island. Also, the Navy is looking at the possibility of an additional field at another location.

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