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50 years ago this week | July 19
The following are segments of stories in the Thursday, July 16 edition of the South Whidbey Record, then the Whidbey Island Record.
Improvements how as county fair dates near
“With the Island County Fair dates only a little more than a month away, the work pace on the fairgrounds at Langley has been picking up, with much already accomplished and plans moving smoothly along to make the annual prediction of ‘bigger and better than ever’ come true.
“… All three fair rides have been repainted and repaired. The airplane ride, always the most popular, is located on a new and larger site … A new fence has been constructed around the horse arena and a batter of new lights has also been installed in the area….an old booth in front of the main fair building has been torn down and a new one constructed.”
Barney resigns post as clerk-treasurer of Town of Langley
“Bernard ‘Barney’ Hein, town clerk and treasurer for the Town of Langley during the past 10 years, submitted his resignation by letter this week to Mayor Vincent Jones.
“In his letter, the town clerk declared simply that ‘because of personal reasons and possible conflict of interest between the town and the Langley Marina, I wish to submit my resignation … effective Aug. 1.’ ”
Seattleite hurt on ‘devil’s swing’
“The ‘devil’s swing’ in Glendale claimed another victim Saturday when 18-year-old Richard Pascoe of Seattle was sent to the hospital with cracked ribs and other injuries suffered when he fell from the swing.
“The Seattle lad apparently slipped from the knotted rope while swinging out over the bank. He fell about 12 feet, straddling an alder first then tumbling into a nettle patch.
“The youth was removed by Ed Pfeiffer and Homer Bakker of the South Whidbey ambulance crew.”
Tenth annual boat race set for 12:30 Sunday
“Drivers and their outboards from Olympia, Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, Mount Vernon and Canada are to converge on the Langley Harbor Sunday for the annual running of the ‘Around-the-Island’ outboard marathon, with the Northwest Outboard Marathon Association Members handling the show.
“Officials of the association said that at least 25 boats will probably show up for the races, including both the marathon and the closed course races in the harbor.”