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April 9 | 50 years ago today on South Whidbey
The following are segments of page 1 stories in the April 9, 1964, edition of the South Whidbey Record.
Courageous truck driver dumps truck on purpose in Clinton
“A courageous truck driver, his brakes gone on a loaded lumber truck, careened down the hill at Clinton Thursday and chose to dump his load and his truck rather than risk hurting innocent bystanders. ...
“The truck driver, Sylvester Daniels, told Sheriff’s Deputy John Petro he lost his air brakes while going down the Clinton hill between Knaplund Hardware and the ferry landing. He said that when his brakes went out, he hoped to make the turn on to the ferry dock and then, if he couldn’t stop on the dock, he would bail out and let the truck go through the rail and into the water.
“I figured I was done for anyway,” he told Petro.”
Married students given permission to finish school from school board
“Three married students were given permission to continue their schooling, bids were accepted on the new student lockers and the school calendar for the next school year was adopted when school board members met Monday night in the board room in Langley.
“The former Carol Chambers, who recently married Vic Hanson, was given permission by the board to continue in her senior year with the understanding that she will not take part in extracurricular activities and will not participate in the graduation ceremonies.
“Jim Gabelein, a senior, and his wife, the former Iris Johnson, a sophomore, were also given permission to continue their high school education, under the same restrictions.”
Buck sworn in was new town father
“Langley’s town council met in regular session Tuesday night and the first order of business was to swear in a new councilman, Buck Bucklew, and an old councilman, Joe Hedgcock.”
Tractor accident breaks ribs, hip of Langley resident, undergoes surgery
“Jack Wardell of Langley suffered a broken hip and broken ribs when run over by a ditch-digging machine about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. He is now in the Providence Hospital in Everett where he underwent surgery on his hip Tuesday.”