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10 years ago — 1998 This week in history from The Arlington Times archives
n The empty lot on the corner of 172nd Street NE in Smokey Point, surrounded by a chain link fence, is the spot for a new Rite Aid Pharmacy. Rite Aid’s parent company, based in Pennsylvania, filed plans with Snohomish County Planing Department in mid-August for a 16,000-square-foot store. According to Roxanne Justice, associate planner, plans must go through two reviews, with building permits still several months away. Rite Aid already has a presence in Smokey Point, with a pharmacy in the Safeway Plaza on the opposite side of 172nd Street NE. It will close when the new store opens.
25 years ago — 1983
n The untimely passing of Senator Henry M. Jackson is a tragedy for his family and our country. He had gained tremendous influence in national and international affairs through his lifetime of political service. His unswerving insistence on maintaining a strong America has been to our immeasurable benefit. His voice will be sorely missed. More important to us, though, was his humanness. No matter his high national stature, he never lost touch with his own community and the people he represented in Congress. It was refreshing to see this important man visit and talk to friends and acquaintances, remembering names, asking about other friends. He never lost touch. Henry Jackson was both great and humble. He will always be missed.
50 years ago — 1958
n The Arlington float, “Through the Looking Glass,” which has entered many parades in the Northwest during the summer, was again declared a winner last Saturday when it took first in Civic and Commercial section and the sweepstakes for the parade at Monroe’s Evergreen State Fair. The sweepstakes prize also included a purse of $150. Making it first appearance at the Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival, the float has shown at 13 different celebrations, and will close its successful season when it appears at Everson this month.