The Way We Were
March 26, 1914: John Faming came in from Etolin Island last Thursday night. Mr. Faming has spent the last year prospecting on that island and this is the first time he has been in town since last fall. He has some samples with him of a ledge of free milling gold that he predicts will run $200 per ton. If this is true, he has made a great find, but as the weather has been unfavorable, he was unable to prospect it very fully.
March 24, 1939: Relief funds totaling $9,452.00 have been allocated to Wrangell, according to word received Saturday by L.B. Chisolm, city clerk, from H.G. Watson, secretary to the governor at Juneau. For the three projects involved, street improvements will receive $1388.00; school grounds $6123.00; and sewer improvements $1941.00. All of this money must be spent on labor. To pay foremen, materials and supplies including totals and gasoline, the city must spend approximately $4640.00 from the city treasury.
March 27, 1964: Mayor Doris Barnes this week proclaimed April is Clean-up and Paint-up month in Wrangell. With the approaching tourist season, it is time to remove winter's debris, not only as a personal and community satisfaction, but to dress up town for the influx of visitors, she pointed out. Junior Chamber of Commerce has volunteered to sponsor the Clean-up drive this year with the cooperation of other organizations. Under the plan, each group will be assigned a section of the city to carry on the campaign to “make Wrangell beautiful.”
March 23, 1989: Two Wrangell High School students have gained first place honors in a statewide business education competition and now are eligible to participate at the national level. Rhonda Watson gained first place in verbal communication and data specialist, while Carly Smith took a first place award in keyboarding during the recent competition of the Business Professionals of America group in Anchorage. They and their teacher, Joan Kading, now are eligible to compete at the national conference, to be held in Dallas in April. Also eligible for national competition is a promotional display, by Shanlee Eagle and Watson, which gained third place in state competition. Others participating in Anchorage were Eagle, who took fifth in verbal communications and another fifth place in administrative assistant, and Marca Knapp, who took fifth place in verbal communications. A total of 130 students from across Alaska attended the Anchorage conference. This is the 18th year Wrangell business students have participated in the conference. Students from Wrangell have advanced to national competitions about 10 times.