April 4, 1914 – The supreme court has rendered two decisions this week of importance to women: the first is an attack on the ancient legal fiction that woman's identity is swallowed up in that of her husband.
In England, for centuries, it was pointed out, woman was prevented from acquiring a domicile for any purpose in a jurisdiction other than that of her husband.
Only in recent years the United States has allowed a wife to establish a domicile in a jurisdiction other than that of the husband for the purpose of suing for divorce.
Now the court said the "fiction is vanishing," and decided that a wife may establish a new domicile to bring any kind of suit, in event her husband is disloyal to her.
April 3, 1974 Celebrating the Pilot's 40th Year– It was announced in Ketchikan this week that the First National Bank of Ketchikan will open a branch in Petersburg by fall.
Robert K. Buchanan, executive vice-president of the bank, said approval has been received from the U.S. Comptroller of Currency in Washington, D.C. for the new institution.
Buchanan said the bank has purchased property at the corner of Main and F Streets for a new building.
April 5, 1984 – Architects and contractors visited school grounds Tuesday to prepare for new high school construction earth breaking in two weeks.
Phase I of the high school expansion project is moving from the paper stage to the bulldozer stage while the Phase II paper stage is just beginning.
Phase II will bring the outdated high school up to safety standards and provide the school district with more classroom space.
April 8, 2004 – In Petersburg, repairing a broken limb or treating a serious chronic illness will soon get cheaper.
The Medical Center's long-awaited CT scanner is scheduled to arrive this coming week, and hospital administrator John Bringhurst said this week that the additional piece of equipment should bring the facility's and the patients' treatment costs down significantly.
"This has really kind of been a dream of ours ever since I've been here. We see a lot of patients who have to leave- some actually get medivaced- for situations that we maybe could even eliminate the evacuation if we could do a CT image of their internal parts," Bringhurst said.