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
The first showing of “Oh You Mary Jane” received rave reviews from theatergoers and The Columbian alike. A three-act musical comedy full of “local talent, good music, a million laughs, [and] no tears” followed the story of an unsavory brokerage firm. Initially performed for the benefit for the Knights of Pythias home, the play was later taken to Albany, Ore., by director Myrtle McCoy.
75 years ago
The 28th annual Good Book Week kicked off on Nov. 17, 1947. With the theme “Books for the World of Tomorrow,” libraries and schools celebrated the event with new and classic titles displayed at the library, as well as special events throughout the week.
50 years ago
Hudson’s Bay High School held its inaugural fall concert on Nov. 17, 1972, in downtown Portland. The event featured the symphonic band playing contemporary arrangements along with traditional marches. A Moog synthesizer accompanied the orchestra, brass and wind ensembles for a few numbers. Diane Schuur played piano along with the jazz ensemble.
25 years ago
This week in 1997, developers were awaiting approval of a building permit so they could break ground on City Center 12, a downtown Vancouver theater complex featuring 12 small auditoriums, wheelchair seating and a food court. The theater opened to the public in December 1998.