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This week in Clark County History for May 17, 2024

By Katie Bush, public historian at the Clark County Historical Museum
Published: May 17, 2024, 6:03am

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

Cemetery association chairman J.M. Hoff announced efforts to beautify the Union Cemetery at Sara on May 16, 1924. Hoff sent a notice to association members about an upcoming cleanup day “that will go toward beautifying this resting home for the dead.” The group hoped to add a new fence, level the grounds and add cement blocks to the lots.

75 years ago

On May 16, 1949, the seventh annual Battle Ground High School home economics style show was announced. The Sears Foundation sponsored the event, to be held in the gymnasium. The show would feature clothing made by the home economics students, including cotton dresses from the freshmen; wool dresses and skirts made by sophomores; rayon creations from juniors; and coats and suits from seniors. All the clothing was to be displayed after the event.

50 years ago

The Vancouver school board endorsed the concept and plans for an alternative school on May 13, 1974. The school would serve grades 7-12, with enrollment coming from current Vancouver students. A site and curricula were on hold until a director and staff could be hired, although two applicants from within the district had already applied for the former position.

25 years ago

More than 200 people were already in line in anticipation of the new chapter in the Star Wars saga, “Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” on May 13, 1999. Some slept on sidewalks to make sure they were the first to get tickets at theaters throughout Clark County. Some bought as many as 12 tickets for opening day — May 19, 1999.