May 14 | 50 years ago today on South Whidbey

The following items are segments from stories in the May 14, 1964, edition of the South Whidbey Record.

Tom Coupe buys Greenbank store from Bratsburgs

“Purchase of the Greenbank Stores by Tom Coupe, former Freeland resident, was announced this week by Mr. and Mrs. Art Bratsburg, owners of the store for nearly 20 years.

“Tom is well known on South Whidbey. He worked at Freeland Thriftway for more than two years and since has been working on a delivery truck covering the area. His name, too, is a familiar one on North Whidbey, since he was named after Captain Thomas Coupe, for whom Coupeville is named.”

Rod and gun club to open Canada hunt for everyone

“Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club members decided at their regular meeting Tuesday night to give everyone, members and non-members alike, a chance to go moose hunting this fall in Canada.

“The decision to open the moose hunt raffle to the public came only after a long discussion, with some members of the opinion that only members should be given a chance.”

Freeland resident starts work as ambulance operator

“Ed Pfeiffer of Freeland took over management and operation of the South Whidbey ambulance this week from M.E. Hunter of Midvale, operator for the past two years.

“The new operator is a recent arrival on the island, moving to Freeland from Seattle with his wife and 14-month-old son, Andrew, about six months ago.”

Falcon track star Leidholm breaks javelin record at league meet

“In a league track meet held at Everett Thursday of last week, Falcon track stars broke one league record, tied for second place and qualified eight athletes for the district meet this coming Saturday.

“Larry Leidholm, who placed third in the state last year, broke the league javelin record, hurling the spear 163’ 10.5.” The old record was 163,’ set by Roy Slater of Lake Stevens in 1962.”

Letter to the editor

“Dear Ace, I would like to write an addition and an ‘in between the lines,’ to your article on South Whidbey’s participation in the Wenatchee Parade.

“I am sure you were short on space, but there are a lot of disappointed high school drill team and band members who didn’t get their pictures taken during the parade, in this week’s issue along with the other parade pictures. It didn’t seem to me they received enough credit for all their hard work and practice.”


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