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This week in history - from The Marysville Globe archives

10 years ago 1998
A late-night fire ripped through several businesses in downtown Marysville Friday. The fire started on a workbench in an outdoors sporting goods store on Seventh Street and spread to neighboring businesses. No one was in the building at the time but preliminary estimates put the damage between $800,000 and $1 million. There was no one in the building when the fire started. The fire was first called in by a Marysville police officer on bicycle patrol. During the first night of the Strawberry Festival, the fire drew a large crowd of onlookers and was reported quickly. The two-alarm blaze required help from five neighboring fire districts. Back Country Outfitters, were the fire started; Edward D. Jones, an investment adviser; and North Sound Physical Therapy were the most seriously damaged. Lt. Jeff Thornton said the fire started on a work bench in the sport outfitting store. Reports of explosions were most likely small aerosol cans used in the shop, he said. There was a pretty good fuel load, Thornton said of the store, stocked with skis, synthetic clothing and lubricants in the shop.

25 years ago 1983
The downtown redevelopment plan got one more chance for life Monday night when a vote was taken to override Mayor Daryl Brennicks veto of last week. The motion received a second, but failed to pass when it did not receive the five needed votes. The vote stood at 3-3 with Norm Anderson, Dennis Graves and Jean Fischer voting yes, and Lee Cundiff, Ken Baxter and John Doyle voting against the motion. Rita Matheny abstained from voting. Minutes before, a motion was made to accept the mayors veto. The motion died for lack of a second. Councilmember Matheny said she did not like the idea of overriding the mayor, but contended she could not wholeheartedly agree with Brennicks position. I feel we have three choices to make, Matheny told the mayor. We can agree with you, disagree with you or put a vote to the people. Councilmember Graves, who had served on the Downtown Redevelopment Commission for about one year, said he was concerned with how the redevelopment issue would be put on a ballot. He explained it took two years for the DRC to come up with a plan and several months for Council to read and digest the material and he could not see how the people of Marysville can understand the project with one ballot reading. Graves was also concerned about the cost of such a proposal and the vote would not be binding on Council. The vote would be advisory only.
50 years ago 1958
Police Chief Herman Broeker, announced his candidacy for Snohomish County Sheriff on the Republican ticket, Saturday at the Snohomish County Republican convention. Broeker, a former Illinois State Police officer, believes a Republican Sheriff could provide good policing which is extremely necessary in these times, by coordinating efforts of all law enforcement agencies. Broeker has been chief here in Marysville for the past six years and has made many friends in the profession during that time.

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