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This week in history - from The Marysville Globe archives

10 years ago 1997

Your favorite weekly newspaper has been reporting the doings of our community for over a hundred years now. It has recorded the births, weddings and passings of our friends and neighbors over that span of years. It is the people who chronicle these events and print them that make sure you get the news each week. At The Marysville Globe the one person who has slaved the longest is Bob Buttke. Forty-eight years ago, still in high school, Bob started at The Globe as a printers devil. He graduated from that august position to become the sports writer and cameraman for many years. When publisher Sam Wilson was elected to the Legislature in 1972 Bob became the general manager a job he holds to this day. He oversees the daily operation of the newspaper and printing plant. He has become over the years Mister Globe. Sam Wilson III comes in second in longevity at the paper, starting work after the Navy and college 40 years ago this month. He also sandwiched in 20 years as a State Representative for the Tenth District, retiring from that position four years ago. Next comes Greg Dionne, another printers devil out of MHS, now pressman-photo technician after 30 years of grinding drudgery. Kevin Gusman, another alumnus of MHS, works as plant manager after starting 20 years ago. He schedules, prices and organizes the printing of the many publications that pass through the printing plant. Jan Yarnall, a transplanted Californian, who resents air conditioning on our hottest days, manages the business office after 17 years. Two people share sixteen years at the grindstone, Sue Stevenson, who is the advertising manager, and Dave Borg who works as a pressman. Harold Erickson and Dot Crain have both worked for six years in distribution of the newspaper. For the most part, all the Globe employees grew up in the community, came to work either right out of high school or soon after. They have provided stability and loyalty to the newspaper that records the history of your community.

25 years ago 1982

The Puget Sound salmon fisheries could be facing the same kind of future as the bald eagle and the beaver, said one person speaking out at last Thursdays hearing at Everetts Eagles Hall. About 700 people most of them angry sports fishermen attended the hearing, the largest thus far in a series of seven stages by the State Department of Fisheries to entertain public comment regarding the possible limiting of the year round sport salmon season. Only a handful of those present Thursday night spoke in favor of closures, including Gene Bremer, 66, who says he lives on the Skagit River and has been fishing since he was 14. In two hours, we could have come back with 60 silvers and greymouths a few years ago, he told the audience. Well never see that again. But we should remember its a renewable resource. Theres no way we ever thought wed get rid of the beaver. There were so many of them at one time that people would eat the tongue and throw the rest away. We used to hunt eagle, too. But times are changing. Maybe we could eliminate the greed that exists. Leaders from the state and western Washington tribal leaders appear close to a court confrontation over the issue of Puget Sound salmon following the tribes rejection of the latest compromise proposal by the state. Judge Walter Craig is expected to force immediate ban on sport salmon fishing on the Sound when the dispute over methods of protecting endangered runs of Chinook salmon is scheduled to go before Craig today in Seattle. State Fisheries director Rolland Schmitten last week proposed to protect dwindling numbers of spring Chinook by requiring the sports fishermen to return any Chinook 30-inches or longer to the waters. This would allow mature Chinook to migrate up the Puget Sound rivers to reproduce. The tribes claim that such a law could be unenforceable, and they offered a compromise plan seeking an eight to 10 week closure in the spring rather than a six to nine month closure which may be ordered. Fisheries director Schmitten says the tribes proposal is not acceptable. Schmitten delivered some background information to the large gathering, pointing out the tribes are seeking a two-month ban on sports fishing in the spring. The tribes say the ban is needed to permit the spring Chinook to enter Puget Sound rives to reproduce. The tribes say they will agree with a two-month closure over the next four to five years in return for certain concessions from the state. Schmitten terms the compromise unacceptable, claiming the tribes would have too much say in the non-Indian fisheries. The proposal by the tribes is an alternative to a recommendation by U.S. Magistrate John Weinberg which would close season from six to nine months. The tribes proposal of regulations for the 1982 season include on rod, barbless hooks, 22-inch limit from Oct. 16 to June 30, 26-inch limit from July 1 to Oct. 15, and a bag limit of three fish daily only two of which could be Chinooks. The proposal calls for a closure from April 15 to June 30 for Dungeness Bay, Bellingham Bay, Port Susan, Port Gardner, Commencement Bay and Carr Inlet. Skagit Bay would be closed April 15 to June 15. Should negotiations between the tribes and the Department of Fisheries bog down today, there is likelihood of further court ordered closures for Puget Sound.
While eager to achieve the 50/50 allocation defined in the 1974 U.S. vs. Washington court ruling, the tribes are more concerned with over-all protection and production of the salmon source, said Northwest Indian Fisheries Director Jim Heckman in a statement released earlier in January. We are certain that sportsmen, given the opportunity to examine the resources needs, will share the tribes concern for protection of the valuable Puget Sound spring Chinook stocks, Heckmans statement continued. Heckman said that as a last resort, the tribes would file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court that will require WDF to implement corrective measures to meet the 50/50 allocation. A ruling in the tribes favor will encourage timely development and implementation of a long range, comprehensive plan to protect the Puget Sound spring Chinook stocks and to ensure the treaty entitlement of spring and fall Chinook. The tribes indicate they were disturbed by the manner in which the Department of Fisheries has conducted the hearings. The tribes are angry that the hearings were not conducted as originally proposed by the WDF, said an official of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. Representatives from WDF assured the tribes that the hearings would function to educate the public on the tribes Puget Sound Chinook proposal, which was responsive to needed resource protection. Instead, their statements served to incite sports fishermen, and further widen the gap between the tribes and the public. The conduct of the hearings has re-ignited the adversarial atmosphere created by the state officials eight years ago when the ruling of U.S. v. Washington was issued, said commission chairman Bill Frank, Jr. Heckman said the tribes were hoping drastic measures could be avoided. The tribes do have one agreement they will work until the eleventh hour before Judge Craigs hearing to negotiate a settlement with the WDF. Salmon chairman for the Northwest Salmon and Steelhead Council, Don Hall, encouraged both Indian and non-Indian fisherman to go along with the proposed closure telling those attending Thursdays hearing there is a conservation issue which sports fisherman have to address. While most of the applause went to people speaking loudly against the tribes fishing rights and proposal, one of the speakers drew quiet concentration when he said unemployed lumbermen and fishermen should be put back to work in fisheries enhancement. Others suggested writing to our Congressmen to effect any change in the fishing laws. Another suggested asking Congress to buy out the Indians fishing rights. A number pointed out that while Indian treaties cannot be violated, they asked about the upholding of rights of the states citizens.

50 years ago 1957

Midway Lumber Company, a brand-new business six miles north of Marysville, will open its doors Friday morning, Jan. 25. A general invitation is extended to everyone to drop in and inspect the new store and meet its friendly owner, Harry Ebblewhite. Included in the weekend opening will be free gifts and door prizes as described in the full-page advertisement in this weeks Globe. Located at the junction of old and new Highway 99 north of town, Midway Lumber will be in a strategic spot in this fast growing district. Mr. and Mrs. Ebblewhite express their faith in the future of the district, and say they wish to be on the spot in the area to share in its development. In the long list of products to be sold by the new firm are included building materials of all types, paint, hardware, roofing, concrete, gravel, tile and drain pipe, millwork, insulation and cabinet work. The stock is designed to be a complete line of hardware and building supplies for both individual and contractor. The Ebblewhites came here from California and are living in a home near the new business. They are not, however, complete strangers in this area, having previously lived here several years. Mrs. Ebblewhite is the former Marjorie Stonehouse whose parents were pioneer residents and farmers in Coupeville. She has relatives close by, the H. Ray Pearsons who operate the Portage Creek Mill in Arlington, and the Q. R. Davies of Edgewater. A number of responsible positions have been held by Ebblewhite. He has been branch manager of the Los Angeles office of IBM; director and secretary-treasurer of Malone Construction, Inc.; sales manager for Land Title Insurance Co.; and was with M. J. Properties, Inc., a development company. The Ebblewhites purchased property for the new Midway Lumber formerly owned by Alice Courtoy at Midway.

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