April 30 | 50 years ago today on South Whidbey

On the ramp and waiting for the tide to come in is “Catt’s Number One,” a Freeland-built steel tugboat. - Record file
On the ramp and waiting for the tide to come in is “Catt’s Number One,” a Freeland-built steel tugboat.
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The following are segments of stories in the April 30, 1964, edition of the South Whidbey Record.

Whidbey-made tugboat launched at Freeland after seven weeks of work

“Catt’s Number One, a 40-foot steel tugboat, checked its way triumphantly across the bay at Holmes Harbor Sunday evening, climaxing several hours of launching work and seven weeks of construction.

“The product of the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Francis ‘Cat’ Cattron of Langley, the boat was built in the yard at Lehman’s Mill, now laughingly referred to as the ‘Lehman-Cattron Freeland Shipyards.’ “

Freelancer first in state

“A Freeland man, Russ Fournier, is the first fisherman in the state to turn in a completed salmon punch card, and he waited until mid-March before starting to catch fish. He has already gotten eight fish on his second card.

“Fournier, who is the former owner of the Holmes Harbor Herring Fisheries, turned in his first card about mid-April, representing 30 salmon caught.”

Phelps sets pole vault record as Falcons down Concrete, Sultan

“Reuben Phelps went daring over the pole vault bar at 10’ 6” last Thursday at Concrete to set a new record, both for the Concrete track and for Langley High School track men.

“The previous pole vault record for Langley was 9’ 10” set by Jim Thorsen two years ago.”

Editorial — By Ace Comstock

“Bruno is dead. The huge, gentle Saint Bernard owned by Mr. and Mrs. Les Bosch of Clinton was found in the woods last week about two blocks from their home. Apparently, he died of natural causes.

“The loss of their pet saddened his owners, we know. And we want them also to know that their sorrow is shared by all who ever saw him. To see Bruno in the back of the Bosch station wagon was an experience in itself. To have him look at you with those big eyes and that soulful look made you feel gay, somehow. To know him was to love him.”


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