50 years ago (1956)
Four men guiding Operation Home Improvement were Dick Wasson of the H.O. Seiffert Co., Glen McGinnis of Sears, Park McLean of Everett Trust &Savings, and Harry Stowell of Stowell Lumber Co.
The best catch of the season (and a whopper too) was a new 1956 Chevrolet six-passenger station wagon at Sevenich Motor Company for $2,356.50. The price included sales tax, license, panoramic windows, airflow heater and defroster, color interior, directional signals, two-tone paint and outside chrome.
25 years ago (1981)
Larry Hillis, a former supermarket butcher who built his Hillis Homes Inc. into the state’s largest homebuilding company in just eight years, had sold his operation to Centrex Corp. The deal was announced last August. The state’s most prolific home builder operated out of an office on south Broadway.
Bill Iffrig, 46, of Everett won the Skagit Runners’ 50-mile road race in his first-ever attempt at that distance. His time was six hours, 11 minutes and seven seconds, or just over seven minutes per mile. A brick mason for Scott Paper Co., Iffrig previously had run in 12 marathons.
By Jack O’Donnell from Herald archives at the Everett Public Library