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1's, Ulr.tch Scher:er Rt I Box 32 Granite Fells, Wz 98252 Jack Webb, former mayor of Granite Falls, dies As a memorial to Jack Webb, the News-Press reprints its story of Nov. 27, ' 1969,- which recorded some of the events of the 28 years he served as the mayor of Granite Falls. Retired 14 months ago from political office, Webb died Friday, January 15, in an Everett hospital Granite Falls isn't the same as it was in 1930 when Jack Webb moved to town. Most memorable, because they were everywhere, mud streets. The only exception was a paved section in front of the town hall and the post office across the street and a 16-foot wide strip up Stanley Avenue. Pictures attest the mud situation and also acclaim Granite Falls as boom town for gold and silver mining in the sides of the Cascade Mountains and logging and lumber mills close to town. It was 1933 that Jack Webb started his political life in the town. He was councilman in 1933 and 1934. It was in 1935 during his second term on the council that Fred Bruns moved from Granite Falls and council appointed Jack Webb to fill the unexpired term of town mayor. In 1936 Webb won the office on lris own. The same story was true for 1938, 1940, '42, '44, '46 and '48. It resumed in 1952, '54, and '56. His election in 1964 was by write-in vote even though candidates were named on the ballot. For 28 years, Jack Webb served as Mayor of Granite Falls. Retiring at age 63, his successor, George Bryan is a mere 27 years old. Remarkable today? Webb himself became Mayor at 29! Those years in between would consume volumes, a look at the minutes of Town Council meetings would be a help, but nothing is more personal than an interview of recollections. Mayor Webb sat back and watched the town government function under Harry Olson from 1950 to '52, then again under MalcolmWoolman from 1960 to '64. It was in the mid 50's that the two-term of office for mayor was extended to four years and it was after the 1964 election that statutes were changed to elect the mayor in a year other than the time of a presidential election. So Jack Webb became mayor on a one-year appointment and ends his service as mayor on a one-year extension. "Lots of things have taken place over the years, lots not known broadly," he said. He takes pride in the fact that no LIDs nor assessments nor special taxes were ever asked from the people for street or sidewalk improvements. It was in WPA years and just before that a $70-$80,000 street program changed board sidewalks to cement and dirt-filled raiseways, the streets were re-aligned and paved with gutters alongside. WPA help was again used in the early 40's on the new town hall. It's the town hall as we know it now - the two story white 40 watt bulbs that hung across streets became real street lights on poles and less than four years ago the bulb gave way to the mercury vapor lights. This year the town modernized again, but not so visibly. Natural gas is piped into town, underground and unseen-but there. And a third producing water well not only was discovered but is waiting now for final state approval before a pump is installed and it's put to use. The third productive well is actually the seventh well tried. Only one well served the town when Webb first sat on the Council. It is now beneath the bus garage of the Granite Falls School. And there was a water reservoir on iron Mountain but the water became so warm in summer it wasn't refreshing. Council authorized a well to be drilled and two were - 400 to 600 feet deep. Both were dry. Councilmen figured if surface water was in town, at the edge of town they should be able to dig a lake 18 feet deep by 150-200 feet long. A driller, Clarence Miller, was called in. He went about 15 feet, then 60 feet and council pondered . . . at $5 a foot this was pretty expensive and the town was "as poor as a church mouse," said Webb. At 65 feet, round rock wasbrought up. Round rock said the driller, is an indication of water flow. He drilled more and came up with a well producing 200 gallons of water a minute. Webb said, "We were greedy. We had to have another one." They went 90 feet away and dug and drilled. It was dry. Then 90 feet again and they hit even better water. Better water meaning not so much red oxide content. This was about 1937. It was 1968 that water again figured' into Webb's political life. Another productive well was needed.The population was expanding the the demand for water greater. The 5th and 6th attempts for a well were made first close to the mountains, then at Paradise Park. Both were dry. The seventh attempt, about 130 feet from No. Two Productive Well found the liquid. UTILITY LINES Carrying water through the town until the mid-40's were wooden water mains. Bonds were sold and the wooden mains were replaced with transite pipe - all except the one section of wooden main that was laid along Alder Avenue just weeks before the cement pipe was installed. It's still there. Water and sewer lines were first laid in Granite Falls "way before my time," said Mayor Webb. They were here in 1904. Sewer lines have never been replaced and there has never been trouble with the trunk lines. The only, maintenance required was when property owners would attempt their own hookups and make a bad one. Modernization to the sewer system came in the late 1950's after pressure from state and federal offices to stop dumping into the Pilchuck River. A past vice president of the Snohomish County Peace Officer's Association, past master of the Masonic Lodge, past patron of the Eastern Star and fast becoming past mayor." A year ago he was voted a life membership in the Masonic Lodge and is a charter member of the Peace Officers Association. In the Scottish Rite of Everett he holds a 32nd degree. His activity is also recorded in the Association of Washington Cities, trying to promote more funds for fourth class towns and in Olympia where he has lobbied for a portion of the sales tax for the town. MEET THE WEBBS It's been 39 years since Jack Webb brought his young wife, Ada, to Granite Falls. For awhile he commuted to Everett where he worked in a garage until a shop accident laid him off for three years. When he could work again he started his own repair shop at home and in 1940 bought the Texaco station in partnership with Bill Davidson. A year later Davidson was recalled to the Navy and Jack Webb was on his own. Webb worked in an auto repair shop before he started high school. Born in Lake Chelan, he attended school in Methow, started high school in Pateros and completed high school in Bellingham. From there he went to Sedro-Woolley and then to Seattle. His education didn't stop. He said he had "lots of it but it's been with hard knocks." It was in 1925 that Jack and Ada Webb were married. Ada was born in Kentucky but was raised in the small town of Clipper, near Deming. The Webbs had two children, Eugene and Lillian. Eugene and his wife gave the Webbs four grandchildren. Eugene died in 1958, the result of WWlI injuries. His oldest son is now serving in Vietnam. The rest of the family lives in Los Angeles. Lillian married Harold Goodrich. With their two children, Cheri and Marty, they live on Wallace St. in Granite Falls. Mrs. Goodrich recalled, "the first time dad was elected to council I was very small. I kind of grew up with it (his being in public office). My kids grew up with it too." In October, Jack and Ada Webb celebrated their 44. th wedding anniversary. In_few more days, they celebrated an end to their public era and toast to a well-earned and much deserved rest as Mr. and Mrs. (private citizen) Jack Webb. VOLUME LXXX THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1971 SERVING LAKE STEVENS and GRANITE FALLS, WASHINGTON Citizens can help plan new high school program Formation of a citizens committee to assist tile staff in planning the instructional program for the new high school was discussed at the meeting of Lake Stevens School directors. Citizens interested in working on this committee are urged to contact the high school office or the administration office. A new dress code for senior high students was approved by the Board, the code had been drawn up by students, faculty and parents. The code permits a great deal of latitude in dress and restricts only types of clothing that would definitely be distracting or is not clean. The forth coming special levy scheduled for Feb. 9 was discussed at length and board members issued citizens an, invitation to a public informational meeting to be held at the junior high at 8 p.m., Jan. 21. Superintendent D.D. Oates presented an enrollment summary showing district enrollment continuing to grow. Totals for the district for the first of each month were:' October, 2811; November, 2836; December, 2870; January, 2893. All of this growth has been in the kindergarten and elementary grades. Elementary facilities are Fire guts home of Frank Clarks Two fires occurred in Granite Falls, almost simultaneously, Monday afternoon. While firemen responded to a chimney fire on the South Pilchuck Road, the home being rented by the Frank Clarks on the north end of the same road caught fire and was completely gutted in the blaze. The fire at the Clarks began with a hot grease fire in the kitchen and quickly spread throughout the house. Home at the time were Terry Lee, Frank Clark's sister-in-law, who was babysitting with the Clark's three month old son, and a niece, five and half months old Michelle Crawford, daughter of Mayor for 28 years Irvin J. 'Jack' Webb NUMBER 51 Dora Bean goes to State Lake Stevens Junior Miss, Miss Dora Bean is one of the many high school seniors entered in the Washington Junior Miss Pageant on January 21,22 and 23 in Pulhnan. Miss Bean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Miller, won the local pageant last November. She leaves for Pullman on January 19, with Miss Diana Dolphin, of Lake Stevens, .reigning Washington State Junior Miss. Since the local pageant she has been kept busy with school activities and getting .ready for the state contest. The state contest is to select Washington State's "Ideal" Hgh School HISTORICAL GROUP MEETS Granite Falls Hstorical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. January 25 at the American Legion Hall, South Granite Avenue, Granite Falls. Special interest for the meeting will be a committee report on the study of means for preserving and displaying historical artifacts of the Stillaguamish Valley. A draft of the by-laws for the organization will also be reviewed. A special program has not been arranged for Monday evening, but following the meeting there will be a time for reminiscing. Older people who are familiar with the people and the valley are especially invited to attend. The society has been undertaking a membership roll, and those people interested in becoming a member of the society or just wishing to attend without membership, are welcome to come to the meeting. Resigns Richard Stultz has resigned from the position of football coach at Lake Stevens High School. His decision of retirement is only for the active roll of coaching. He will continue as department head and activities director as well as continue his teaching duties at the high school. Bag pick-up January"23 Granite Falls Boy Scouts are going to pick up the bags they gave out January 16. Please have the bags out by 11 a.m. If you have too much stuff and do not have enough room in the sack just put it in a box or another sack. Top grade average Renae Engstrom, Granite Falls, has attained a 4.0 grade average for the fall quarter of studies at Eastern Washington State College at Cheney. A sophomore, she plans to enter the field of physical therapy. building on South Granite Avenue that houses not only the town's records and provides a meeting room for the Council but also houses the town's fire department equipment, a library and the treasurer's office. The treasurer was scheduled to have the space used by the library, but it was declined then and it's been a library all this time. Another part of the building not used for its original intentions is the upstairs back room. That was planned for a recreation room for fire department volunteers. Never devdoped, it had been rented out at times and is not used at all now. Why so much about the town hall? Mayor Webb had it designed to functionally replace its sagging predecessor. Its predecessor was literally "held up by the power and telephone lines." It had been the two-story frame school house that stood where the Medical Clinic is now. Before Webb came to town, the school was moved across the street and converted into the Town Hall. A pot-belly stove was upstairs in the meeting room, sacks were stuffed around windows to keep out the cold. Through the years, decay and rot worked at the support posts until literally "the wires held. it up." The "new" town hall of ]941 also replaced the log jail house. It was in the rear and became a source of story when a 'resident' set about to gain freedom by setting fire to a mattress or some other good-smoking material inside. It was just a matter of minutes for the firemen to arrive at that scene. The bell that called them was atop the town halt (the old school house) and the 1924 Chevy truck used to haul the hose was on the first floor. The truck was faster than the two wheel carts it replaced just a short while before. The bell that knelled is now in front of Granite Falls High School. Still in sight and like the bell, used no more, is the observation building on the roof of the Town Hall. Ordered by the federal government during World War II, spotters manned the station 24 hours a day on lookout for planes. Webb was a chief spotter but he said "everyone in town had a figure in it." Plane descriptions were called tO Seattle then Paine Field. GOING MODERN Webb recalls the Granite Falls Hydroelectric plant on the Pilchuck even though it had been sold in 1922 to Puget Sound Power and Light Company. PUD now supplies electricity to the town and area. Through these years the reflectors with their IIDALE'S'00 LOANS treatment plant was built with revenue from sewer bonds. $15,000 in bonds were sold - the balance of the money raised by townspeople paying a $2 montlfly service charge three years before the facility was built. These were a few of the things steered by Mayor Webb. Some of his ideas melded, some were rejected by the Town Council. Cooperation between mayor and council over the years has paid off in a community that is rich with self respect, a place where people want to be. Mayor Webb sees a future for the town with "just as much or more progress because there is science to go along with it and desire for 'you paint your house, I'll paint mine'." It's a long way from the time hewas warned "no use trying to do anything. A matter of time there won't be a town. Buildings will be empty. The town's nearly gone, there will soon be just a few dogs in a ghost town." "A lot of people felt we should go ahead. It hasn't been due to my credit where we are today," Webb said. "I've had a good council to work with." Councilmen often made trips with the mayor to Olympia, Seattle and Everett on business for the town. Expenses were collected for few such excursions, they were treated as a pleasant visit to another town and paid for out of the pocket of the travelers. Twenty-eight years in public office doesn't weigh lightly but Mayor Webb considers those elections in much the same way as deGaulle's 'votes of confidence.' In one election race, of about 142 votes cast Webb was given all but 15 or 20; in another he had all but 4 votes; and still another gave him all but 10 or 11. To dispel rumors, Mayor Webb clarified the last three terms he's held. In 1954 and '56 his name was on the ballot though he didn't actively seek re-election. In 1964 his name was not on the ballot, he was elected just the same. Mayor Webb also explained that "ihe mayor promotes the program and presents it to the council. The council rejects or accepts the program by ordinance or resolution. The mayor administers the law as passed by the council, whether he likes it or not." ON THE NEW Of the new government officials, he commented, "George will have problems- nothing he can't solve. He's going in with a council from several years. He understands business and this is a business. New ideas are better than old ideas which might get stale, which they do. You have to work with young people, why not have a young person. I don't think Bryan is too young to take hold and I think he will take hold. I didn't know anything of it, I learned a lot of things you couldn't do - he will too." I've tried to live by the Golden Rule and I've tried to administer city business the same way. I may have made enemies but I hope I've made many friends. I'd like to see the organizations in town give the new mayor a break. It takes time to instigate new programs." So went the comments. Retireing for keeps? Mayor Webb affirmed it. He did say he would help though and he'd be glad to do it. 'TU not keep an archives," he said. "Any ideas or knowledge I'll be glad to pass on." Jokingly he said, "I'm past everything - For certain classes special restrictions might apply. Directors discussed the possibility of moving the graduation exercises to a different location, because of space, but agreed no change would be made at least for the current year. Activities Director Richard Stultz discussed the high school athletic program, including the financial problems. The need for better facilities to accommodate spectators was discussed. now virtually filled and if growth continues emergency housing will be required next year, according to Oates. Business Manager Robert Larson reported on an audit of district records by the state examiner. The report pointed out an overly-optimistic estimate of revenues for 1968, but showed district records in good order. Larson also reported the date of the bond sale had been changed from January 19 to February 9. 'Drug' policy adopted by school directors at G F An interim policy on procedures for dealing with students involved with illegal and dangerous drags was adopted by Granite Falls School Directors at their meeting last Wednesday in the school board room. Drug involvement would include use of illegal or dangerous drags during the school day or at school sponsored functions; attempt to sell dangerous or illegal drugs during the school day or school sponsored functions; and being under the influence of dangerous or illegal drugs during the school day or at school sponsored functions. The policy adopted bythe directors sets school personnel to be first concerned with the welfare of the students involved. Investigative and punitive measures would follow after health needs. Appropriate law enforcement agencies would be called upon for consultative and investigative assistance where illegal drag activity has occurred. Involvement with illegal Ottie Hale, home economics drags by non-students is and business education recognized as the responsibility instructors. Having state of law enforcement agencies in approved vocation programs the policy adopted by the makes the school eligible for directors, additional services from the Although the total student state and for additional funding count for grades kindergarten from the state and federai through 12 was unchanged on governments. January 1 from the first of Accreditation of elementary September, there was a gain of schools now being considered one student in the elementary by the state was reported upon grades and a loss of one student by Elementary Principal Don in the secondary. The Van Liew. He said acurriculum elementary school has enrollment of 432 and the secondary, 315. A curriculum guideline for language arts is underway, the directors were told by Supt. Patrick Hoban. High school English teachers, one teacher from the elementary school, high school Principal Willis Knox and Librarian Don Dundas are studying the curriculum development and will meet soon with the state's language arts supervisor. Work toward gaining state approval for the school's vocational education program is being done by high school counselor Lawrence Martinec and Miss Lela Bryan and Mrs. committee is now developing goals and request for elementary accreditation will be on a voluntary basis, not a state requirement. Directors approved purchase of liability insurance coverage for students enrolled in the aerospace science class who have an airplane ride as part of the class. The additional inclusion to the liability policy ts $160 a year. An interim policy on employee's retirement adopted by the school board last Wednesday has an inclusion that a variance in the interest of the school may be made by the board if requested by the employee, Otherwise, all " , ..... - employees who reach their 65th ARNOLD'S J|W|LR birthday before September 1 EXPERT CLOCK & WATCH are to be retired. . Re-investment of the REPAIR.- KEYS MADE $386,000 in building bonds was Closed on Monday approved by the directors. Downtown Lake Stevens 334-1505 (Continued on Page 2) Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Crawford of Granite Falls. The three escaped without injury All the clothing and home furnishings of the Clarks were destroyed in the fire. Early Sunday morning firemen were called to the Canyon Falls Road, off the Mt. Loop Highway, where a tree had fallen across a power line. An hour later, a't 3 a.m., when electricity was restored in town, the alarm in the telephone Girl. The pageant will receive a cash scholarship and will compete in the America's Junior Miss Pageant next May in Mobile, Ala. company's service center was triggered by the resurge of power causing firemen to respond there, but there was no fire. winner of the state Rev. Pfeil injured Mr. Don Thayer, superintendent of the Everett Gospel Mission, was speaker at the morning and evening services at the Community Bible Church on Sunday in the absence of Pastor Maurice Pfeil. Rev. Pfeil was injured in a fall on the ice last week and is recuperating at his home. HUNT'S TOMATO SAUCE =LIBBY A A A A A A - COMET CLEANSER 14- Oz .... 2/35 v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v PEELED TOMATOES Can LUMBERJACK SYRUP ) CENTENNIAL MASHED ' i FLOUR Bag POTATOES ) 13-Oz. ' 2/89 1) 2-Lb. 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