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This week in Clark County history

By —Katie Bush, public historian at the Clark County Historical Museum
Published: December 9, 2022, 5:27am

A weekly look back compiled by the Clark County Historical Museum from The Columbian archives available at columbian.newspapers.com or at the museum.

  • 100 years ago

H.E. Jaeckel, a Clark County resident and manager of Portland-based Northwest Blowpipe Co., told the Vancouver office of the Auto Club of Western Washington that police officers had been warning motorists they could be arrested if they weren’t licensed in both Washington and Oregon. The auto club contacted the Portland police chief, who informed the club that this was contrary to the agreement made between state officials “several months ago.” The auto club encouraged motorists who had two licenses to contact headquarters for a possible refund.

  • 75 years ago

In early December 1947, City Treasurer Jack Urquhart informed Vancouver residents that the city had “kick(ed) back” over $22,000 in gasoline tax allocations to the state. The city based its gas tax allocation on 1945 population figures, but a post-war dip in Vancouver’s “nose count” resulted in an inaccurate estimate. Vancouver paid the state back in November 1947.

  • 50 years ago

On Dec. 3, 1972, Clark County and Vancouver announced their collective participation in a “911 Emergency” telephone feasibility study sponsored by the Columbia Region Association of Governments. City Manager Alan Harvey said participation in the study could mean “we may have the program here soon.” Clark County implemented a 911 emergency system in 1981.

  • 25 years ago

For three days in early December 1997, Washington State Patrol troopers and Department of Revenue agents checked license plates to find Washington residents with cars registered in Oregon. Troopers and agents staked out interstate freeway onramps and pulled over about 80 people on their first day, issuing five citations and “a number of verbal warnings.” The stakeout followed a five-day amnesty period, in which about 400 Washington drivers registered their cars without fines.