News from 10-20-30 years ago
Photo courtesy of the Michael Nore collection ©
The USCG USS Mojave docked in Petersburg in 1926.
June 2, 1982 - A new hematology cell counter was purchased for the hospital by the Hospital Guild. The cell counter, financed with money raised through the Charity Box, counts red and white cells in the blood and can be used to test for appendicitis, leukemia, cancer and other diseases. Before the machine was purchased, the lab technologists counted the cells by hand. The Hospital Guild invested $4,900 in the cell counter and hemoglobinometer which measure the hemoglobin level in blood.
May 28, 1992 - Annette Olson managed to accomplish in five minutes what half of Petersburg spent four days trying to do—catch the winner of the 1992 Chamber of Commerce Salmon Derby.
Within minutes after Olson started fishing in Thomas Bay early Saturday morning, she hooked the winning king salmon that weighed in at 44.40 pounds and brought her $5,000 in cash and round-trip tickets from Alaska Airlines.
May 30, 2002 - Alaska Army National Guard SPC Jeremy Collison of Petersburg received the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal and the Army Good Conduct Medal during a recent ceremony in Juneau. Collison is an infantryman for Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion (Scouts), 297th Infantry, which has units in most Southeast communities. Other Petersburg soldiers receiving similar awards were SGT Jerod Cook, SPC Matthew Duddles, SGT Lee Johnson and SPC George Mergenthall.