The Way We Were
October 30, 1913: Martin Hofstad has been a busy man during the past two weeks getting the new General Merchandise Store of Martin and Richard Hofstad into shape for the opening the latter part of next week. The store is situated in the new Uhler Building and will carry a full stock of general merchandise. Both men are well known in Wrangell and are sure of their share of their patronage.
October 28, 1938: The gas screw Etolin, fishpacker owned and operated by Capt. Manuel Loftus, was reported a total loss by flames last Saturday morning in Red Bay. Captain Loftus was on his way into the bay to pick up fish from trollers and was running his engine at a very slow speed when it backfired igniting gasoline around the carburetor. Oil and gas in the bilge caught fire. The boat burned for several minutes before the gas tank exploded sending spires of flame and debris a hundred feet into the air according to eye witnesses. The cabin was completely blown off. Several drums of gas on the stern blew up at intervals making it hazardous for boats standing by to give material aid. Young Loftus climbed the mast to fasten a line which was attached to the Caesar owned by Capt. Pat Kelly. They endeavored to list the boat enough so she would take water but were unsuccessful. Several charges from a shotgun were fired into her two inch planking without much effect. Neither Loftus nor his deckhand, Curly Woodruff were injured.
October 25, 1963: A plan to bring television to Petersburg and Wrangell was announced at the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday by James Stevens, a former member of the staff of the Duncan Canal White Alice station. Stevens said he and a partner are working on plans to have TV programming transmitted by cable within the two towns and to operate an electronics, radio and TV repair service in conjunction. Stevens said they plan to use four of the new video tape machines to record and transmit their programs. Two of the machines will be in Seattle recording studios. Programs will be recorded in Seattle from station KIRO-TV and the University of Washington, arrangements having been made with the two stations; and they are awaiting word from a major network to be able to handle national programs.
October 27, 1988: Students at Evergreen Elementary School prepared public service messages that were broadcast over KSTK-Radio this week as part of the Red Ribbon Campaign. Music teacher Karen Morse guided the children in brainstorming words and phrases about what they know about drugs and alcohol. The children then used those ideas for writing the advertising jingles for the radio. After creating the rhymes, Morse composed melodies, and children chose the melody they liked best. Finally, the children were tape recorded performing their jingles and the songs were broadcast over KSTK. In grades 3 through 5, students even composed their own melodies for parts of the songs, or whole lyrics to the melody of familiar songs, such as “Jingle Bells.” Some music classes decided to compose their public service announcements in the form of popular “rap” poems. Samples of the songs included that done by Betty Abbott's first graders: “Think before you drink - alcohol, It's not good for you. Think before you drink all night in a bar. There's better things to do.” From Evi Fennimore's second grade came: “Think twice before you drink alcohol, it can really mess up your brain. You might see a cop and think he's your mother, and get arrested for acting so strange.” Janice Emde's third graders wrote: “If you use drugs or alcohol they could change your life for the worse. They're bad for your body and could make you end up dead in a hearse.”