Looking Back: Haugen promises bill to form an Oak Harbor port district

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 1:30am
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100 years ago, in 1916: From the Oak Harbor News

n Pardon the pun, but the “annual meeting of the Island County Fair Association was held in Coupeville … and there was a fairly good attendance.” Officers for the fair were elected.

n August Tesch broke his leg while pulling stumps with his brother. Somehow, the tackle they used to pull the stumps with broke. The whole affair resulted in a house call by Dr. Persons, who set the leg.

n A promoter of business, hired to find a company that would provide lighting for Oak Harbor stood to lose $50 if lighting was not secured in six months.

n In a pre-inventory sale, The Cash Store advertised 2 pounds of sugar for $1.

75 years ago, in 1941: From the Island County Farm Bureau News

n It became apparent that only a few residents — when weighed against the total Whidbey population — were participating in the defense patrols of the island. Fresh volunteers were sought “to stand by their country during [its] great emergency,” thereby joining future patrols.

n Due to alleged scarcity of paper and tin foil, teacher Frank Plumb’s high school sociology class urged citizens to save such materials, instead of throwing them out.

n The County Commissioners met and made it a misdemeanor offense to fail to observe the wartime blackouts.

n J.O. Norberg advertised a special promotion on diamond rings for $50.

50 years ago, in 1966: From the Whidbey News-Times

n ‘Lectrion light manufacturing firm hosted a tour for its stockholders, celebrating its success on growing Oak Harbor’s “new electronics industry.”

n In an effort to promote Oak Harbor’s business district, Wes Maylor, North Whidbey Chamber of Commerce president, urged local businesses to take matters into their own hands and decorate their shops for Christmas.

n Penn Cove resident Clifford W. Kearns had the tip of his finger bit off after attempting to stop a dog fight. Russell Stover advertised one pound of assorted chocolates for $1.70, two pounds for $3.35, three pounds for $5 and five pounds for $8.

25 years ago, in 1991: From the Whidbey News-Times

n Republican state Rep. Sim Wilson’s Marysville home was kept inside the 10th District after a set of redistricting maps were negotiated. Rep. Mary Margaret Haugen called this “gerrymandering.”

n The trial of Marcus Killpack, accused of beating his 11-month-old son to death, was postponed by “at least another month,” after Killpack waived his military judicial code Article 32 right to an investigation by grand jury.

n State Rep. Mary Margaret Haugen asserted that she would, as the News-Times reported, “use her clout in the House of Representatives” to introduce and pass a bill that would make an Oak Harbor port district a reality.

n Bell Phones advertised hooking up a household landline phone service for less that $200.

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