Looking Back: Disease not ruled out in disappointing potato numbers

From the Oak Harbor News 100 years ago, in 1917:

n The Oak Harbor News reported that “all farmers should help the fair by reserving good samples of grain, vegetables. etc., for exhibit.”

n Miss Ione Pfiffner went to visit her sister, Mrs. Russell Boyce, in Friday Harbor.

n Colorado potato expert Lou D. Sweet issued a warning that as a result of poor seed and fertilizer use, Washington’s potato crop may not reach the previously projected 452 million bushels. The possibility of diseased plants was not ruled out.

n Dr. J.H. Williams advertised that he would be available to perform dental work on folks Fridays and Saturdays in Oak Harbor.

From the Island County Farm Bureau News 75 years ago, in 1942:

n In a cartoon, a maiden in a tower yelled, “Save me, oaky dokes,” to a man on a white horse. He responded, “Later, lady — I’ve got a date to buy a United States war bond.”

n Whidbey Island soldiers and marines conducted several search parties for a pilot, Colonel Bowen, who was thought to have “met a fatal accident resulting from the fog.” Searchers found neither Bowen or his plane.

n Miss Alice Sundquist, extension clothing specialist for the State College of Washington, urged homemakers that summer was the time to check mattresses and bedding for freshness and comfort.

n Oak Harbor Meat Co. issued a public notice that “due to the increased labor costs and the fact that paper and other materials are up, our prices will be 2 cents per pound for cutting and wrapping meats after Aug. 1.”

From the Whidbey News-Times 50 years ago, in 1967:

n The Coupeville airstrip was reported to be ready for touch-and-go landings by September and was cleared for night use.

n Highway 525 was designated by the 1967 Washington State Legislature as a scenic highway as part of its “new scenic-and-recreational highway system.”

n The News-Times Vietnam column stated that Oak Harbor resident Daniel L. Kuhn, 20, arrived in Vietnam July 4, to help advise Vietnamese Army III Corps.

n Melton’s Market and Food Lockers advertised “smoked picnics” at 45 cents a pound, while “skinless wieners” were set at 49 cents a pound.

From the Whidbey News-Times 25 years ago, in 1992:

n While Clifton Feyerherm, 31, and Jeremy Moran, 15, were saved after a boating accident, 16-year-old Joseph Heller was not recovered.

n After accepting a position at Western Washington University, longtime Oak Harbor physician Dr. Warren Howe made plans to move to Bellingham.

n Due to a U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee bill, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was set to receive $21.1 million for 300 new housing units.

n Genesis Hair Care published a $2-off coupon on men’s, women’s and children’s cuts.

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