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This week in Clark County history

June 2, 2023, 5:41am Clark County Life

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

Danny Grecco poses in front of his three-seater Avro biplane in 1928. He was an ace mechanic for Tex Rankin, as well as other pilots and corporations. He helped Silas Christofferson tear down and then rebuild a Curtiss Pusher atop the Multnomah Hotel before the plane's flight to the Vancouver Barracks. He also performed in air circuses as a daredevil wing walker. When he retired, he spent time restoring airplanes at Pearson Field.

Clark County History: Danny Grecco, ace mechanic

Danny Grecco poses in front of his three-seater Avro biplane in 1928. He was an ace mechanic for Tex Rankin, as well as other pilots and corporations. He helped Silas Christofferson tear down and then rebuild a Curtiss Pusher atop the Multnomah Hotel before the plane's flight to the Vancouver Barracks. He also performed in air circuses as a daredevil wing walker. When he retired, he spent time restoring airplanes at Pearson Field.

May 28, 2023, 6:00am Clark County Life

Dionysus Daniel “Danny” Grecco led a life in aviation that frequently put him in the right place at the right time. His luck exposed him to more varied experiences in aviation than any other individual. Read story

Historic houses sit along Officers Row at the Fort Vancouver National Site. Many of the houses date back to the 19th century.

Panelists reflect on hard work, dedication required to rejuvenate Officers Row

Historic houses sit along Officers Row at the Fort Vancouver National Site. Many of the houses date back to the 19th century.

May 26, 2023, 3:43pm Clark County News

Officers Row in Vancouver hasn’t always been the historical landmark that it is known as today — just ask Pat Jollota. Read story

This Week in Clark County History

May 26, 2023, 6:03am Clark County Life

100 years ago Read story

This Week in Clark County History

May 19, 2023, 5:58am Clark County Life

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

Mount St.

Clark County History: St. Helens legend Harry Truman

Mount St.

May 14, 2023, 6:00am Clark County Life

His castle was a lodge on the side of a dormant volcano, and the curmudgeonly Harry Truman refused to leave the hot zone where he had lived since the 1930s. His refusal boosted him to national prominence. Read story

This Week in Clark County History

May 11, 2023, 5:20am Clark County Life

This Week in Clark County History Read story

This Week in Clark County History

May 5, 2023, 6:04am Clark County Life

Clark County residents were able to see the movie “The Story of an Automobile” on May 6, 1923. Read story

Standing in Esther Short Park isn't the first, but possibly the second, fire engine purchased by the Vancouver City Council. Wooden buildings in the frontier days of the city often caught fire. In Vancouver, the same downtown block burned to the ground twice, once in 1861 and again in 1866. After the second, Vancouver's residents started a volunteer fire department, and the city council bought a fire engine.

Clark County history: Downtown Vancouver burns

Standing in Esther Short Park isn't the first, but possibly the second, fire engine purchased by the Vancouver City Council. Wooden buildings in the frontier days of the city often caught fire. In Vancouver, the same downtown block burned to the ground twice, once in 1861 and again in 1866. After the second, Vancouver's residents started a volunteer fire department, and the city council bought a fire engine.

April 30, 2023, 6:02am Clark County Life

Much of downtown Vancouver burned to the ground on Aug. 23, 1866, just nine years after the city was incorporated. The fire ate through a crowded block of 12 wooden buildings between Main and Washington and bounded on the east and west by Third and Fourth streets. It broke out… Read story

In 1838, chief factor of the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Vancouver, John McLaughlin, welcomed two Catholic missionary priests to the Northwest. A century later, the "Flotilla of Faith" historical pageant reenacted their arrival using 200 actors. Two Seattle priests were cast as the first Catholic missionaries, Fathers Francis Blanchet (center) and Modeste Demers (right). Bishop Augustin Magloire Alexandre Blanchet is on the left.

Clark County History: ‘Flotilla of Faith’

In 1838, chief factor of the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Vancouver, John McLaughlin, welcomed two Catholic missionary priests to the Northwest. A century later, the "Flotilla of Faith" historical pageant reenacted their arrival using 200 actors. Two Seattle priests were cast as the first Catholic missionaries, Fathers Francis Blanchet (center) and Modeste Demers (right). Bishop Augustin Magloire Alexandre Blanchet is on the left.

April 23, 2023, 6:00am Clark County Life

In May 1939, performers from Seattle and Vancouver presented the grandest Catholic festival ever staged in the Pacific Northwest. It celebrated the anniversary of the arrival of two priests, Fathers Francis Blanchet (1795-1883) and Modeste Demers (1809-1871), at Fort Vancouver in 1838. Read story