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
La Center resident Fred D. Hobert’s Rhode Island Red hen laid a “mammoth size” egg on March 17, 1923, The Columbian reported. Measuring “8¼ inches one way and over six inches the other,” the ovum weighed in at 4 ounces — a truly egg-cellent specimen.
- 75 years ago
On March 16, 1948, Chief of Police B.F. Wray installed 19 “bright and regular yellow and black stop signs” throughout Ridgefield, on side streets intersecting the city’s main thoroughfares. City and law enforcement officials reminded drivers to “make a full stop before merging onto Main street and Pioneer avenue,” with violators subject to arrest or other penalties.
- 50 years ago
Ridgefield High hosted the Massed Band and Choir concert on March 15, 1973. About 250 band members and 200 choral singers from La Center, Kalama and Woodland came together at the school to practice for a collaborative concert.
- 25 years ago
An independent investigator’s report released on March 11, 1998, revealed that Ridgefield police officers felt Police Chief Steve Garrott failed to do his job while he pursued an internet relationship with a Texas woman. Garrott was reprimanded for misuse of city time that same week but held onto his position.