A Look Back …This week in the Forks Forum

In 1998 Quileute Tribal members were protesting the Tribal Council and the lack of jobs available. Pacific Pizza was announcing that they were beginning delivery service. The WEBPA little train was going to make its debut at Moonlight Madness. Seafirst Bank was doing Christmas in July with a tree with stars that people could take and bring back a donation of tuna or peanut butter for the Forks Food Bank.

Fifty years ago Claude Clark had been chosen as the Grand Marshal for the 4th of July Grand Parade. He had attended 1st grade at Beaver school, graduated from Forks in 1940, enlisted in the Navy in 1941, and served again during the Korean War, was a little league coach, a Scout Master, a past American Legion Commander, a past Forks Chamber president, he had worked in the woods before opening the Forks Cafe/later Vagabond restaurant. Mr. and Mrs. John Fletcher were being honored as Pioneers in the 4th parade. John was born in 1897 at the Hoh, his wife Elizabeth Huelsdonk was born the same year also at the Hoh. The couple had opened a resort and store at Ruby Beach in 1928. Fred’s Arco in Beaver was buying dried cascara bark, 25¢ a pound.

In 1951 4th of July activities were on the front page, the parade was to start at 10:30 from the American Legion Hall. Parade Chairman was Howard Hansen. Three Port Angeles youths wrecked at the Ruby Beach corner rolling the car 4 times and ejecting them, none were seriously hurt. Forks Grocery was holding its 2nd Anniversary Sale with 100 pounds of C&H sugar selling for $9.89.