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October 28, 1916 – A local business man suggests that, in anticipation of probable spells of cold, dry weather during the nearing winter season, with consequent increase of danger from fires, now would be a very proper time for some preparedness.

While the present members of Petersburg’s volunteer fire department have proven their efficiency in the handling of firefighting apparatus, and have thereby on numerous occasions prevented serious property loss, a strengthening of the organization at this time through the acquisition of and drilling of new members would be but anticipating a work which, with continued growth of the city, will become a necessity in the near future.

With more people and more buildings – and both are much more numerous in Petersburg than they were a couple of years ago – come more chances of fire. It is therefore apparent that the growth of the fire department and efficiency of its equipment should keep pace with the growth of the city.

October 31, 1941 – The shining new instruments now on display in the windows of the C. E. Swanson Company store are not those of a passing symphony, but are all soon to be in the hands of Petersburg students, pouring forth band and orchestral music under the direction of Reuel Griffin, public school supervisor of music.

This large shipment of instruments arrived only Monday, but already many of them have been claimed by students taking advantage of the generous discount and trial payment plan made possible through the school.

The instruments carry a 20 percent discount from the regular Seattle purchase price, with an added discount, in that the freight charges were absorbed by Sherman Clay and Company of Seattle, retailers of the instruments.

So that the instruments will be in the reach of every student, they will be assigned to students on their parent’s signature on low payment basis.

Already quite a number of students who own or have access to orchestral instruments, are taking free group instruction under Mr. Griffin at school.

All students are to be given the Seashore Tests for musical talent – universally adopted standardized test developed by the Dean of Psychology of the University of Iowa. Through these tests a scientific analysis of each child’s musical talents will be made and used in planning his musical curriculum.

October 28, 1966 – Chris Hanson leads the Hammer and Wikan deer derby this week with a 150-pound buck. The 172-pound buck which was shot two weeks ago by Henry Lemke was not entered in the deer derby, contrary to a story in last week’s Press.

Hammer and Wikan annually sponsors a deer derby with prizes for the largest deer and the largest antlers.

October 31, 1991 – Plans for an independent mental health center for Petersburg are being fleshed out, but the planning committee has been advised to proceed with caution so that children and the chronically mentally ill don’t lose services.

Mental health care in Petersburg is currently provided by Gateway Center for Human Services, operated by the city of Ketchikan. But in September, the hospital board voted to establish a new mental health center independent of Gateway. Many have thought that adequate services for Petersburg, which, critics say, has been treated like a “poor stepchild.”

The hospital board approved at its Oct. 24 meeting an organizational structure, in which an independent advisory board for the proposed center would be set up. The clinic would be run by a human services director, who would answer to the hospital administrator and the hospital board.


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