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This week in history - from The Arlington Times archives
10 Years Ago 1997
Elliot Wargo has a knack for growing really big pumpkins. One might even say he has an orange thumb. Wargo, a fifth-grader at Kent Prairie Elementary school in Arlington, grew the grand gourds for the first time this year he likes it so much hes planning an even bigger harvest next fall. Last year I grew regular sized ones, but this year I wanted to grow the big ones. So with some assistance from his parents and their growbox in the backyard and of course the giant pumpkin seeds which he bought at the store Wargo grew pumpkins big enough to hollow out, attach an outboard motor to and zip around Lake Goodwin in. The key to growing the behemoths is knowing when to cut other, more insignificant pumpkins off the vine to allow the keepers the extra space and nutrients in which to grow. He started growing his pumpkins in March, setting up a tarp greenhouse over the growbox and closely monitored them for the next six to seven months, until he harvested in mid-October. Wargo estimated a few of his bigger pumpkins weigh approximately 100 pounds I can vouch for that as I had to arrange them on his front porch for the photo shoot. He plans to save the seeds from this years crop to plant next March. With a year of growing experience under his belt, next years harvest promises to be bigger and oranger then ever.
25 Years Ago 1982
There had to be an air of sadness mingling with the joy when the women of Arlingtons Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary gathered a couple of weeks ago to celebrate the anniversary. Fifty years ago, the Arlington VFW Auxiliary was born. Younger members whose husbands had served in World War II, Korea and perhaps Vietnam proudly received their golden anniversary certificate and celebrated the strength of the organization, but of the 12 women who founded the auxiliary in 1932, only four are alive and only two could come to the party. Ruth Oman and Mary Couture reside in local nursing homes. They couldnt make it. Lena Hoidal lives in a small, well-kept home in the north end of town and Florence Kitchen lives in an Everett retirement home. They came and brought with them memories of good friends in a different time when the world was smaller. The VFW started at the end of the nineteenth century, when the survivors of the Spanish-American War came marching home to discover that governments would prefer to forget the promises made to its soldiers before the battles started. They knew then, as we know now, that a good lobby pays dividends and the comradeship inherent in a veterans club was an added bonus.
In 1928, Arlingtons First World War veterans formed the Boyer-Daniel Post No. 1561 of the VFW. It was a busy time for the VFW, but not so serious that gentler help wasnt needed. An auxiliary was the solution. Not only was assistance required with the charities, memorials and social functions, but also the women sought a formal structure for their participation. It was right at the heart of the Depression, recalled Lena Hoidal. The times were so hard and we took care of one another. Her husband, Andrew, was an Army veteran. He died in 1950.
50 Years Ago 1957
Johanna Klein of R.5, Arlington, was the Mystery Farm winner over 17 correct identifications of the Ed Fleming Farm in Arlington Heights. Ed Fleming has been a logger since boyhood and is still falling timber for a Darrington company in addition to caring for two farms. The farm picture was the Fleming home until last April, when they bought another Arlington Heights farm, which they are planning to develop into a dairy. Their first farm is now occupied by the Clifford Fulf family. The Flemings have a family of five energetic youngsters, Larry, 10; Lyle, 8; Stevie, 4; Jerry, 3; Rita, 2; and Gary, 11 months. The two oldest boys attended Arlington grade school. Among Mrs. Flemings gardening experiments was a Concord grape arbor something of a novelty in this area. The grapes are supposed to bear in their third year, but the heavy freeze of two years ago set them back and she doubts if they will bear now. Other varieties of grapes have been raised with success in the neighborhood, she said.