Looking Back – March 31, 2021

April 1, 1971: TRAFFIC STOPPER – Traffic just outside of Anacortes on Highway 536 was cut to one way as a result of a rock slide that closed off the southbound lanes. The screen installed over the rock cliff was all that kept the highway from being completely impassible as close to three tons of rock gave way from the cliff.

March 30, 1911

An unfortunate condition in Anacortes has made itself more apparent during the present week than at any time heretofore, and that is the dearth of residences. Several families who have come to Anacortes in the past few days with the intention of making Anacortes their home have been compelled to leave for the reason that no houses could be secured.

March 31, 1921

Sunday afternoon the bugle will sound the last post, the farewell volley will be fired and all that remains of one of Anacortes’ immortals will be at rest in Grandview, when the body of Harry Johnson will be interred. This Anacortes boy who gave his life in France will be given a military funeral, the body arriving Thursday night. … Mayor Queen has issued a proclamation asking all citizens to pay their last respects to the heroic dead.

April 2, 1931

Mrs. Alex Watson, of North Dakota, who is visiting her mother, Mrs. G. P. McGee and her aunt Mrs. J. C. Farrell, lost her purse containing $4,700 in securities and cash, when she laid it down on a counter in a department store in Bellingham, to examine some goods.

Looking Back – March 31, 2021
March 30, 1911: Construction is moving along at a lively rate on the new Great Northern Depot, a force of ten men being at work at the present time. The frame work and roof are practically complete. The structure, which is located on R avenue, will be 32 x 150 feet in dimensions, extending from Sixth across Seventh street.

March 29, 1951

Rhetorically speaking, it is considered poor taste to paint the lily. But artistically speaking – ah, now that is another matter entirely. Louise H. Williams, American artist, who is doing much to perpetuate Washington state blooms in water color, says she gets more satisfaction from painting the lily than any other flower.

March 30, 1961

The Anacortes branch of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints has recently purchased property just west of the Heart Lake Road in the vicinity of 39th street. A new chapter is to be built here in the near future, according to Allen Larsen, president of the local branch.

April 1, 1971

“Let’s put Anacortes back in the fish business,” local resident Milo Moore told the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce Monday. … Right now he is working on designing floating fishing farms for possible use in Alaska which will produce three times the growth that hatcheries can by using warmer water near the river mouths and feed.

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