July 6, 1899

Complaints are made that tags are being stolen from dogs, and in some instances collars, also, are being stolen. In this connection, attention is called to the $20 penalty for such thefts. It is a very small individual who will commit a theft of this character, and a large penalty should he inflicted upon anyone who might be found guilty. It is not the sum involved that should be considered, but the annoyance. The thefts are being reported to the city marshal, however, and he will probably be able to make example of culprit. In issuing tags, the marshal keeps a record of their numbers and to whom issued, and this will assist him in bringing offenders to justice.

July 8, 1909

The city council on Tuesday night certainly started in on a physical endurance test that had no let up until the “wee small hour” of 2:30 Wednesday morning. Much business of importance was taken up and quite a number of further improvements arranged for.

The city is very fortunate in securing the prompt and advantageous settlement by Mayor Wells of the injury claim of Mrs. Gotchy, who recently fell on a defective sidewalk at 18th and L streets. Mayor reported as follows the closing up of the matter on behalf of the city:

To the Honorable City:—On the 17th day of June, 1909, one Augelina, an elderly lady, while visiting in this city, broke her arm by falling on a defective sidewalk in the neighborhood of 18th street and L avenue. Believing it to be in the part of business to effect a settlement of the matter with the parties concerned. I tendered an offer on the part of the city to pay the physician’s charges of Dr. G.B. Smith and in addition there’s the sum of $25.00 to the injured lady. In making the settlement, it was assured by the physician that his charges would not exceed the sum of $75.

Respectfully submitted,


July 3, 1919

Seven hundred gallons of perfectly good cider went by the hoard this morning at the Anacortes Ice Co. dock when Sheriff Charley Stevenson confiscated fourteen barrels of the liquid held in cold storage at the company plant. It was the property of Valentine Funk of the New Wilson hotel.

The goods were purchased from the Pacific Fruit & Produce company last November, according to Mr. Funk, at which time the company guaranteed them as being non-alcoholic, saying that they would keep well in cold storage. They had been in storage since the time of their purchase and were believed by Mr. Funk to have been in the best of condition. But the sheriff, on testing them this morning, found that all of the liquid contained more than 2.75 per cent all alcohol, some or the barrels having much more than that amount. Mr. Funk also tested the stuff and found the sheriff’s test to be accurate. Now the fish are testing it.

Mr. Funk denied the rumor that the barrels were opened in order to allow them to ferment. Some months ago two of the barrels in storage blew up from the gases caused by natural fermentation. At that time, Mr. Funk had a nail driving into the head of each barrel to allow the gas to escape and thus prevent the loss of more of the goods.

Mr Funk does not intend to lose by confiscation, as he will bring suit against the people who sold it to him in case they refuse to refund his money.

July 4, 1929

To Chamber of Commerce:

Your committee on matter of Guemes ferry reports as follows: Following upon a hearing held with residents of Guemes island the consensus of opinion there expressed was that changes in ferry schedule, and rates on trucks and fares are necessary to the future development of the island…

We find the present ferry system receives a subsidy from the county of $175 per month and as this support is derived from taxes, to encourage ferry operation to equal advantage of the people and products served…

That 16 adult fares be sold at $1.00, in suitable form.

That eight adult fares be sold at 50c, in suitable form.

Single fares to be sold at 10c.

That children under 12 (on way to and from school only, limited to schedule trips, free)…

July 4, 1939

Sale of county tax lands has brought the county a total of $8,878.50, during the last few weeks, according to a compilation released this week.

Those seeking other county lands have bid a total of $4,957.

Purchasers of county lands, and the prices they paid, follow:

Paul Barber $475, Everett Pulp & Paper Company $100, C L Harrison 100, …Sedro Land company $430…

July 7, 1949

The start of the salmon canning industry in Anacortes and on Puget Sound may hinge on a meeting scheduled for Thursday evening of this week at which time purse seiners of the sound will study and determine whether they will accept the latest offer from cannery operators for salmon.

The price to be offered the seiners this Thursday evening will be from the Fishermen’s Packing corporation plant of Anacortes as the largest salmon canning plant on the sound. Other canning plants are expected to adopt the same price to submit to their fleets. This is the procedure adopted in such negotiation to conform with antitrust laws.

July 9, 1959

Dennis Smeby, Safe Driving champ of Anacortes, Skagit County and the state of Washington, will present President Eisenhower a big Puget Sound salmon next month.

Second District Congressman Jack Westland today notified Paul Luvera, of the Chamber of commerce committee in charge that arrangements have been made for Dennis and Westland to meet the President alone so Smedgy can present him the salmon.

Smeby will be introduced to the President along with other contestants in the national Junior Chamber of Commerce Safe Driving Road-e-o and then will present the fish.

July 3, 1969

Richard S. Downie, Nuclear Information Director for Snohomish county PUD and Seattle City Light, told a group of interested Anacortes citizens Monday night that nuclear power plants are needed to meet future electrical needs in the Pacific Northwest.

The Public session of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee was called for the purpose of giving all interesting persons a chance to listen and ask questions on the proposed $200 million dollar nuclear-powered generating facilities to be constructed on Kiket Island.

He assured the audience that the site in Skagit County for the proposed location had followed extensive studies of the Pacific Northwest.

July 4, 1979

Anacortes’ new police chief has arrived. Chief Myron A. Lippe, a former U.S. Marine Corps First Sergeant, most recently serviced as Chief of Police in Pacific, Washington. He moved to Anacortes last week and assumed his new duties Monday.

Chief Lippe is pleased to be working and living in Anacortes. “During my 20 years in the Marine Corps I always wanted to come to this area. It is a fulfillment,” he said. Although he is not into water sports yet, Chief Lippe says that he enjoys hunting and “has always liked to be around water and islands.”

July 5, 1989

The drive-in movie theater is back — in Anacortes, at least. “People seem to like the idea of having another two screens in town,” said Timothy Harris, manager of the Circus Drive-in next to state Route 20 at Summit Park. “We can’t start the movie until 10 p.m., so people are out there until 2 or 3 a.m., but our prices are better.”

The Circus shows two double features on its two screens each night. The weather hasn’t been ideal, Harris said, so moviegoers are staying away.

“During the week we’re lucky if we get 20 cars every night,” he said. “Usually on the weekends we get more than 100 cars each night.”

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