0515 looking back

May 15, 1969 — Christening the first cement houseboat hull constructed at CSM, the city’s newest boatyard, Mrs. Robert Carter launches the NUMERO UNO (Latin for number one.). The 20-by- 48-foot hull was designed by its owner, Robert S. Lint, president of Avia Marine in Seattle.

May 18, 1899

The long-looked-for fish magnates of Chicago have visited the sound, and have seen Anacortes. And perhaps our level townsite, graded streets, broad sidewalks, beautiful scenery, romantic beaches, and various other attractions of which we dreamers of Anacortes boast, impressed them favorably. But perhaps Mr. Cudahy and associates were merely looking for a tract of land upon which to build (and) operate a cannery, and scenery and romantic notions about the future of a town made no impression whatever upon their practical business minds. … They declined the site in the eastern end of town merely on account of price. …

After the party had visited Anacortes, and it was understood that Anacortes was not in it, Messrs. Hensler and Woodbury took a hand in the matter and offered to give a tract in front of the Northern Pacific addition, provided a cannery was erected this season. And here the matter rests at the present time.

May 20, 1909

From indisputable sources the American has learned that within the last few days the famous Guggenheim brothers, owners of the American Smelting & Refining Co.. American Copper Co.. and of the Northwest Development Co., have secured an option to purchase the property of the Washington Portland Cement Co.. including the pioneer Portland cement factory of the Pacific northwest and all its contributing properties, located at Concrete, Skagit county.

It is understood that the option is open for forty days, but it is not known at what figure the option was given, although it is certain that the price was high as compared with actual money invested, because the property has vastly increased in value, owing to the excellence of the plant, abundance of first-class material, wide reputation of and great demand for the product and the cheapness and facility of operation.

May 15, 1919

The War Chest has taken the initiative in a splendid movement to erect in Anacortes a suitable memorial to the heroes from this city and adjacent neighborhoods who gave their lives for their country in the great war.

The general committee of the War Chest met Tuesday night in the Elks home and discussed plans for such an undertaking, and a War Chest committee will have charge of the preliminary arrangements. It was decided to call for popular subscriptions for this purpose, and the War Chest consented to head the list with $250 as its contribution. …

It is the consensus of opinion that the memorial should be placed in the public park. … Special recognition will be given on the memorial to Harry Causland for whose deed of heroism he was awarded the highest honor the government can give, the Distinguished Service Cross, and who was named by General Pershing as one of the hundred immortals of the war.

May 16, 1929

Action will undoubtedly get underway in the near future on the proposed port project for the city of Anacortes, with the arrival of Major J.S. Butler, United States Engineering Corps of Seattle, and Colonel Case, District United States Engineer of Portland, this morning to confer with members of the port board, relative to plans pertaining to the work the government is to do in the proposed project.

The government engineers arrived this (Thursday) morning on the government river boat Preston and immediately conferred with members of the port commission. Maps and tentative plans covering the dredging for the first unit to be constructed under the proposed project were discussed and favorable expressions were made by the government representatives. …

The recent purchase of a block of land from the county by the port of Anacortes, at a sale held in Mount Vernon, will be used for development of the Cap Sante waterway.

May 18, 1939

Charles Peters, better known in Anacortes as plain “Charley Peters,” a tall slender man with slightly bent shoulders, graying hair and the possessor of a broad smile, became the mayor of the city of Anacortes on Tuesday, May 16, of this week, succeeding to the post left vacant by the untimely death of Mayor-elect Joe George two weeks ago. …

On an order from Mayor pro-tem R.H. Dildine, who presided at the opening of the meeting, the election of a new mayor was the first item presented to the council. … Peters became the new mayor on a vote of 4-3.

May 12, 1949

Employment in the Anacortes area in April continued the gradual upward trend which had started early in March. Major local mills returned to a full work week following a slight improvement in the lumber market. Good weather was reflected in gains in construction, agricultural work, and retail trades and services.

From a total of 3,255 claims of all types filed in the Anacortes Office on March 1949, the claimload dropped in April to a total of 2,670, a drop of 22 per cent. …

Retail sales and services were given a boost by the Easter demand for extra food, clothing, gasoline, and services. Automobile repairing, sales and service were reported on the increase in April.

May 14, 1959

Neither side gave ground and no compromise was reached in a meeting between city and phone company officials here last night which lasted two and one half hours.

City Councilmen continued to ask for renewal of the company’s franchise, including payment of a fee, and West Coast Telephone Co. officials maintained their stand against payment of franchise fees to municipal governments.

As a result of the stalemate, work on a company project in a city alley will remain at a standstill for at least five more days.

May 15, 1969

How does the “Man on the Street” in Anacortes react to a $200 million nuclear power plant in our neighborhood? The Anacortes American conducted random interviews and came up with some interesting answers.

The project is co-sponsored by Seattle City Light and the Snohomish County Public Utility District. According to City Light Superintendent John Nelson, the construction of the plant would take about four years. Engineering work would require several years before actual construction begins. The sponsors hope to have the plant operating by 1979 or earlier.

Salt water would be pumped through the 1 million-kilowatt plant to cool it and then returned to the Sound. This is apparently the cheapest and easiest way to cool a nuclear plant but could mean a rise in water temperature. The fear of this “thermal pollution” seems to be a major concern of conservationists. Our interview subjects, however, seemed to feel that if this is a problem, modern science can solve it.

May 16, 1979

Several city council members appeared unconvinced Monday as representatives of Skyline developer Harry Davidson asked for reconsideration of a private road proposal through Skyline Division #21, an eight-lot waterfront development.

City council several weeks ago turned down the request for a 30-foot wide private road through the as-yet-undeveloped property …

Mayor Knute Figenshow said he voted against the request because he is opposed to continued city approval of substandard roads (subdivision codes provide for a 50-foot road width in Skyline). “Cut down on the number of lots in that development and you can conform to our lot size requirements and still get in the 50-foot street,” Figenshow said.

May 17, 1989

Low voter turnout at a special election Tuesday, May 16 — not “no” votes — killed the Anacortes School District’s $5.8 million bond proposal.

But a maintenance and operation levy for the Fidalgo Park and Recreation District passed because its results were not based on large validation figures.

To pass, the Fidalgo Park and Recreation District needed 1,495 “yes” votes. The measure was approved by 1,628 voters. …

Of the 7,595 registered voters in the Anacortes School District, 2,741 had to vote and 60 percent of those voting had to say “yes” for the measure to pass. Unofficial election results show almost 2,300 voted and 1,663 voted “yes” while 633 voted “no.”

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