0619 looking back

June 23, 1949 — Wide travels have taken the U.S.S. Rendova, pictured above, around the world, to China and into the South Seas. The U.S. aircraft carrier will be one of the features of the 1949 Marineers’ Pageant, with the ship due to be in the harbor thruout the four days of the show.

June 22, 1899

At the school election held on the 10th, Mrs. E. Van Valkenburg was elected clerk, Mrs. Olive Munks director for three years, and Mrs. I.L. Satterlee director for two years.

Dan Barkhousen had the misfortune to dislocate his arm, on Tuesday, while wrestling with some boys, and is having quite a serious time with it. …

The fruit crop is late this year, and the prospects are that fruit will not be so plentiful as it was last season. …

Ainsworth & Dunn are credited with having packed 800 cases of spring salmon, on Wednesday, this being the first pack this season on Puget Sound. The Rosario cannery has been getting spring salmon from their traps near the pass for several weeks, but have been shipping fresh instead of canning.

Owners of pigs that are allowed to run at large are gently reminded that the statutes of the state of Washington aim to correct that evil. And such owners are softly recommended to read such statutes and to devour and inwardly digest them.

June 24, 1909

This month the Anacortes Lumber & Box Co. has broken all previous records in the matter of shipments of lumber by rail, having already shipped 40 carloads and will have sent 50 carloads east by rail by the time the month closes.

The steamship Queen was in port on Monday and took 150 tons of box shooks for San Francisco from the ocean dock of the Anacortes mill. She also tied up at the Great Northern dock and took on 228 sacks of codfish skins from the J.A. Matheson plant. The Anacortes Lumber & Box Co. plant is now running full blast in all its departments and employs on an average more than 150 men. Piled up and air-drying in the yards are nearly 16,000,000 feet of lumber. The demand is good and prices are steady.

The steamship Watson was in port on Sunday from San Francisco and spent six hours here discharging and receiving freight at Curtis dock. She brought in 125 tons and took on 67 tons, the latter being wood veneer from the Sedro-Woolley veneer factory consigned to San Francisco. She discharged here 30 tons of salt, 10 tons of plaster, 10 tons of fire clay and 15,000 fire brick for the Fidalgo Mill Co.

June 19, 1919

A bottle of water containing a couple of live tadpoles and a few dead ones, together with some worms and dirt, just as it was drawn from a faucet in Anacortes, stood on the table for the city councilmen to look at during their meeting Tuesday night. The exhibit was sent to the council by Dr. H.E. Frost, city health officer.

Councilman W.H. McCallum reported to the council for Dr. Frost the request that the council back him in an attempt to make the water company stop using Heart lake water and furnish the city with Whistle lake water, as was ordered long since by the Public Service Commission.

McCallum stated that Dr. Frost had gone to the water company office and left word to stop the use of Heart lake water immediately, and he emphasized his request, said McCallum. with the assertion that if this were not done he personally would go out and blow up the Heart lake pipe line with dynamite.

June 20, 1929

Four building permits, totaling $9,500, were issued during the past week by Marion Watkinson, city clerk.

On June 14 a permit was issued to R.J. Normand for the construction of a marquee across the front of the Empire building at Fifth and Commercial, to cost $1,000. He was also issued a permit for the construction of a marquee across the front of the Brado Paint Store, to cost $200.

On June 18 a permit was issued to Oscar Nelson for the construction of a residence on Thirty-sixth street, between Q and R avenues, to cost $300.

On the same date a permit was issued to Ed Kaune, for the construction of a new modern residence and garage at Fifth and X streets, to cost $8,000.

June 22, 1939

One of Uncle Sam’s “Grey Battle Wagons,” the United States battleship “Colorado,” will be present in Anacortes during the Marineer’s Pageant celebration, was the word received in Anacortes this week from Congressman Mon C. Wallgren and from Senator Lewis B. Schwellenbach.

Pageant officials who have been working tooth and nail towards the greatest of all “Marineer’s Pageant” for this August were cheered by the words that will bring one of the colorful battleships to Anacortes for the celebration event, with its 1200 to 1500 men. …

The battleship will arrive on the opening date of the Pageant, August 3, and leave the day following the close of the celebrations, August 7.

June 23, 1949

Wide travels have taken the U.S.S. Rendova, pictured above, around the world, to China and into the South Seas. The U.S. aircraft carrier will be one of the features of the 1949 Marineers’ Pageant, with the ship due to be in the harbor thruout the four days of the show …

Commissioned in 1945, the carrier is 557 feet in length with an extreme beam of 104 feet. During 1945, the ship was assigned to the Marine Fighter Squadron 214, which was the “Black Sheep” squadron commanded by Colonel “Pappy” Boyington. …

In December of 1948, the “Rendova” made newspaper headlines by rescuing 33 survivors of an airplane crash in the South Seas.

The ship has steamed 85,000 nautical miles, 64,000 of them in the past ten months.

June 18, 1959

Fidalgo Islanders who have never seen Little Cranberry Lake because of its inaccessibility can now drive into the secluded area.

Thanks to a group of volunteers who have been working since last fall, a road is nearly finished and now open to the lake which is located in the heart of Anacortes. …

Work on the road which starts from the Park Estates Addition off Oakes Ave., has ranged from clearing the land to grading and excavating, placing a large fill and construction of two blocks of street on West 4th Street.

June 19, 1969

A total of 43,886 persons traveled through Ship Harbor Terminal in Anacortes during May, according to traffic statistics reported by the Washington State Ferries office this week.

The number represents a 7,450-passenger increase over comparable figures for May of 1968. …

Orcas was the most popular island destination last month, with tickets sold for 8,810 passengers plus 5,676 vehicles and drivers between that port and Anacortes. The Anacortes-Friday Harbor run carried 6,765 passengers and 4,468 vehicles and drivers during May.

June 20, 1979

There will be one less elementary school in Anacortes by the 1980-81 school year if the board here follows a recommendation by parents, residents and instructors.

Faced with dwindling enrollments and limited levy capacities, the district must reduce spending in the near future, Supt. Duane Lowell said.

And so based on that prediction, the 40 residents present at last night’s special meeting voted to close Whitney Elementary School by 1980, if necessary, and to absorb those students into the three other elementary schools.

The move would save the district $42,900 a year, without counting money generated from leasing the building, Lowell said.

June 21, 1989

Patty Johnson’s first graders have a goal. The class of 2000 hopes to be the first smoke-free generation.

Johnson’s 26 first-grade students at Fidalgo Elementary have spent all year learning about the dangers of cigarette-smoking.

The American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and American Lung Association joined together to supply teachers with health curriculum materials. The “Smoke-Free Class of 2000” provides lessons, activities and incentives such as buttons and balloons carrying the smoke-free motto, Johnson said. …

Lisa Morganthaler said she won’t smoke because of what she has learned and because her parents tell her not to. “Even if it’s a fake candy cigarette, I’m not going to do it,” she said.

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