June 1, 1899

The literary society met with Mrs. M.M. Denman on Monday afternoon. The subject was “Humorous writings.” Hereafter meetings will he held in the library rooms, which will be central for all the members. The subjects for next meeting will be Ian McLaren, George Eliot, artists and their work, Count Tolstoy, William Black. Those in attendance at the last meeting were Mrs. Garrie Oakley, Mrs. G.B. Smith, Mrs. E.E. Cole, Mrs. V.J. Knapp. Mrs. M.M. Denman, Mrs. D.M. Woodbury, Mrs. Gary of Portland, Mrs. H. Rickaby, Mrs. Will Kasch, Mrs. J.M. Reilly, Mrs. P.S. Cook, Mrs. L.D. Allmond, Mrs. George Strang, Mrs. N.B. Colt, Miss McTaggart.

… A number of pleasure seekers from this city spent Sunday at the country home of Mr. and Mrs. William McCallum, at Pass lake, and had a most enjoyable time. The party consisted of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. McCallum, Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Withey, Mr. and Mrs. E.S. Dodge, Mr. and Mrs. H Rickaby, Mr. and Mrs. V. Funk, Mrs. George Hudson, Mrs. M.S. Lawry, Miss Agnes Jamieson, Miss Alice Burdon, Miss Nina Sutton, W.H. Burdon, J.P. Mark, F. Crowell, N. Garvie.

… A delegation of veterans drove over to Mount Vernon on Decoration Day to meet with the other G.A.R. posts of the county. The delegation consisted of V.J. Knapp, J.J. See, Col. Wilkeson, John Arges, G.L. Marsh and W.A. McLean.

June 3, 1909

Anacortes probably has more automobiles in proportion to population than the average Western city, doubtless for the reason that there are perhaps more beautiful scenic drives and fine country roads in this scenic wonderland 0f Puget Sound than anywhere else in the Northwest.

Including the machines ordered and now on the road for delivery to the purchasers, of which there are three model T Fords, there are 22 automobiles owned by citizens of Anacortes, the horsepower of the machines ranging from 8 to 40, a total of 428 horsepower and the net cost of them ranging from $650 to $2,800, a combined total of $29,740.

The Ford roadsters and runabouts seem to be the most popular machines so far as the Anacortes devotees are concerned and the local agents, Knapp & Ronneberger, have sold all they can get of them, not only in Anacortes, but throughout Skagit county as well. The Cadillac appears to be second in favor.

May 29, 1919

The Commencement exercises of the Anacortes High School. which were held in the Empire theater Monday night, were beautifully ordered and were worthy the full appreciation which they received of the crowd of friends that packed the theater full.

Twenty-one seniors received diplomas from Superintendent W.A. Jennings, who represented the school board in the presentation of the diplomas. Prof. E.J. Klemme of the State Normal School at Bellingham gave the commencement address on the subject “The Hope of the World.”

The keynote at his speech was that at the present time, as the world faces reconstruction, America is the hope of the world and that the boys and girls of our schools are the hope of America. He spoke of Elijah and his mantle falling upon the shoulders of Elisha, and he drew a comparison with the present time when the mantles of millions of men who have fallen in the war must fall upon the shoulders of the younger generation as they are ready to wear them.

May 30, 1929

The finishing touches have been put on the new McCracken building, Fourth and Commercial, and tenants of the building will swing open their doors, ready for business, Saturday morning June 1.

The new fireproof structure is a work of art and is one that any city would proudly boast of. It is modern in every respect, being sturdily constructed of brick and tile and reinforced with steel. The new structure is 90 x 100 feet and has space for four store rooms, three of which are occupied, by Wagner’s Cigar Store, Murdock Bros. Barber Shop and the Maryland Cafe. The other room has not as yet been leased …

The McCracken building replaces the old frame structure that stood on the same location which was destroyed by fire early Monday morning, March 4.

June 1, 1939

Puget Sound cannery owners, in a meeting held last Friday in the Eagles hall of Anacortes, opened negotiation with the purse seine fishermen and cannery tendermen at an all-afternoon meeting. Prices that the canneries will offer fishermen during the coming season were determined and a proposition was decided on to offer cannery tendermen.

The price scale as reached during the meeting called for the following quotation on salmon: Pinks, 2 cents a pound; sockeyes, 10 cents a pound; silvers, 4 cents a pound; spring salmon, 14 pounds and over, 75 cents. Under that weight, special prices would be paid.

The proposition over cannery tendermen in conjunction called for wages and conditions the same as in 1938.

June 2, 1949

Before a packed crowd in the Guemes Island Community Center building last Friday evening, electric lights and power for the first time in the history of the island were turned on in a colorful ceremony.

The hall was highly and delightfully decorated for the big party with high murals depicting people and incidents in the organizing and building of the power lines. Power lines and poles were depicted in the scenes with caricatures of the persons working on the project. …

The dinner for the evening was prepared by Mrs. Ed Charland, Mrs. George Pinneo Sr., Mrs. George Pinneo Jr., with “Jinks” Blackinton acting as the chief “chef.” The ham for the dinner was prepared by the Mayflower Bakery of Anacortes.

May 27, 1959

A $300,000 school bond issue went down to defeat yesterday for the second time this year as the required number of voters again failed to appear at the polls.

At the same time, a one mill levy to support kindergartens, requiring a smaller total vote, was approved 1,054 to 412 with 71.8 percent favoring the measure. …

The bond proposition, however, fell 159 votes short of the 1,643 ballots required to meet the necessary 40 percent of the most recent general election here.

May 29, 1969

Notification that federal funds are not available for paving the Port of Anacortes airfield was received this week from R.O. Blanchard, of the Seattle area office, Federal Aviation Administration.

POA Manager Robert Keller said the project will go ahead as planned earlier, with paving delayed until funds are obtained.

The FAA official wrote, “We recognize the benefits which would accrue from accomplishment of the proposed work and hope that you can find a means of proceeding with the improvements in order to keep stride with the ever expanding demands of civil aviation.”

May 30, 1979

Contrary to national trends, the real estate business is apparently booming in Anacortes.

While much of the rest of the country reports depressed real estate and home construction markets because of high interest rates and rapid inflation, the number of new homes being built in Anacortes has already set a record this year. …

“I think that our area is geographically unique,” explains Doug Colglazier, manager of the Anacortes office of Washington Federal Savings and Loan. “It appeals to people looking for a new way of life, people who want to retire near boating, hunting, fishing.”

May 31, 1989

Seeking additional classroom space, the Anacortes School Board approved the purchase of a modular unit last week to be located at Whitney Elementary School.

“It’s the first one in the district and hopefully the last,” business manager Les Vandervort said. The district is bypassing the sometimes-lengthy bid process and entering into a purchasing agreement with the Burlington-Edison School District, Vandervort said.

The 28-foot by 32-foot unit is built by Evergreen Mobile of Issaquah. The $30,000 building comes with two windows, insulation, carpet, wiring and one door, Vandervort said. “Basically it’s just a four-wall, covered classroom. We are negotiating for a sink and restroom.”

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