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The week in Clark County history, April 5

By — Katie Bush, public historian at the Clark County Historical Museum
Published: April 5, 2024, 5:14am

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

On April 4, 1924, the Vancouver Rotary Club announced it would not participate in a citywide movement to censor movies. The Vancouver Ministerial Association asked the club to participate. Vancouver would host a censorship conference, at which many local organizations “had already appointed a delegate” to attend, including the Ministerial Association, the following week. According to the Columbian article, “the city council … (would) be asked to draft an ordinance giving the necessary powers to the proposed censorship board.”

  • 75 years ago

On March 31, 1949, County Commissioner Seth Davidson announced the Washougal community park would be completed in about 10 days. Started a year prior, community donations funded the entire project. Local firms and individuals contributed equipment to remove roughly 45,000 cubic yards of rock and dirt, and the chamber of commerce members and their friends cut the timber and did other “hand work.”

  • 50 years ago

On April 1, 1974, the Vancouver City Council decided local band Vortex would represent the city at Spokane’s Expo ’74 over the summer. The council also promised “$200 in expense money from the private Fourth of July Celebration committee” to fund the band’s travel and lodging. The band was to play on Aug. 7, which had been declared Vancouver Day at the world’s fair.

  • 25 years ago

The National Marine Fisheries Service added the sea-run cutthroat trout to the “growing list of fish species threatened with extinction in Southwest Washington” on April 1, 1999. After two years of study, the ruling would go into effect the next year. Environmental issues and loss of habitat were two reasons for the listing. The president of the Clark-Skamania Fly Fishermen, Dick Kennon, noted development, stream-blocking, culverts, and fertilizers had “a greater negative effect on cutthroat than other species.” Kennon and his group welcomed the listing as an opportunity to get the trout’s populations back up to “historically plentiful populations.”