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This week in history - from The Arlington Times archives
10 years ago 1998
n The Lakewood School District wont have to cut its sports or band programs after it earned a confidence vote during elections last Tuesday. In February, a relatively large turnout split the vote for a similar measure that fell far short of the 60 percent yes votes needed for passage. Last week, changing the format and cutting the turnout earned the district a healthy 66 percent approval for the money. Preparing the school board for the worst, Superintendent Wayne Robertson had compiled a detailed list of areas that would have been cut. Lakewood, along with Marysville, had attempted the first all-mail voting the first go-around in February. A relatively large number of voters cast their ballots in that election more than 50 percent compared to the 20 percent to 30 percent for similar ballot measures in districts that used polling-place voting around the county. While a record number of voters approved the measure, a record number voted against it. This time Lakewood asked voters to come to the polls in the traditional manner. Only 37 percent turned out for last weeks election by midday at the polling station on Fire Trail Road, only 15 Lakewood voters had voted.
25 years ago 1983
n J. Boyd Ellis passed away May 1, 1983, at Cascade Valley Hospital. He was born July 25, 1894 in Perry, Iowa and moved with his parents as a young boy to Olympia. He went to what is now Western Washington University and the University of Washington. On finishing at the UW, he became the principal of Marysville High School. His interests turned to photography and he purchased a photo studio in Arlington in 1921. He soon started publishing scenic post cards for distribution throughout the state of Washington, a firm which is now called Ellis post Card Co. He married Hazel Duxbury, Feb. 16, 1918, she passed away March 24, 1955. He later married Ellaine R. Webb on Sept. 4, 1956. She passed away May 2, 1980. He is survived by a daughter, Amy Joyce Porter of Seattle; a son, Clifford B. Ellis of Arlington; several grand children and great-grandchildren. He was very active in volunteer community affairs, being chairman of the North Snohomish County Ration Board during World War II, is a past president and charter member of Arlington Kiwanis Club, served on the Arlington City Council for several years which ended with a term as Mayor of Arlington. He retired from business in 1959 and enjoyed traveling until he and Ellaine moved to Madison House in Edmonds. He returned to Arlington a year ago.
50 years ago 1959
n The committee of workers who have been burning the midnight oil to construct the float which will represent Arlington in several parades this summer, and their loyal fans who made the trip to Wenatchee last Saturday, got a big thrill when their creation was adjudged first in Community C Division. Many from the area journeyed to the apple capital for the event, some driving and others going by train. The float, completely assembled here where it was given a preview by local people at the airport, was so constructed that it could be disassembled for the parade. The float is assembled around a car furnished by the Backstrom Motor Co., which is to remain in possession of the committee throughout the season. Miss Pat Peterson, pretty high school senior, was accompanied by the High School Band. Roy M. Larsen, music director at the high school, made a report to the Chamber of Commerce, Monday, the chamber being the sponsoring organization, and displayed the handsome trophy that was received at Wenatchee.