Seems Like Yesterday

50 YEARS AGO (1959)

Dr. James Otto believed in Boy Scout training for his sons, Louis and Jimmy. The three listened to David Longfellow, Sea Explorer Scout, explain some of the intricacies of boating. Dr. Otto would help Scouts this fall with his involvement in the United Good Neighbors campaign.

Plans for a Monroe Shopping Center, first of its type in Monroe, were announced by Venne Beauchamp, owner and constructor. To be built on the east end of Main Street on the site of the old condensery, it would include Safeway, Camp Riley Drug Store, Monroe Hardware and Monroe Bakery.

25 YEARS AGO (1984)

Western Gear, located on a 20-plus-acre site between the East Waterway and the Port of Everett’s Norton Avenue Terminal, would have to go if the U.S. Navy received approval to build a major base and make Everett the home port for a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and 14 other ships.

Haggen Food Stores had opened what it believed to be the largest supermarket in the state. Located on Everett Mall Way, Haggen’s TOP Foods outlet had 73,000 square feet of selling space and operated 24 hours a day.

By Jack O’Donnell from Herald archives at Everett Public Library

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