Diamond Jubilee

Looking back 60 years ago to a Diamond Jubilee.

News Snippets from the The Lynden Tribune: Thursday, July 20, 1961.

As compiled by Tribune publisher Michael Lewis.

From the front page … 

Snow Ford will supply Police Auto

  Snow Ford’s bid to supply the city with a police patrol car was accepted at the city council meeting Monday night.

  Snow’s bid offered a 1961 six-cylinder Ford for $600 and trade-in of the city’s present car, a 1960 Chevrolet.

  The only other bid was $729.75 plus trade-in for a 1961 Chevrolet from Hinton Chevrolet-Olds Co.

Lynden Weather too Confusing for Weatherman

  Meteorologists threw up their hands last week and came to the conclusion that in Lynden, as in Texas, only fools and strangers predict the weather.

  With a sprinkling of rain, a lot of sunshine and a wee dash of fog to confuse the picture, the mercury ran the upper range of the thermometer with an abandon that left Lyndenites alternately gasping in the heat and reaching for extra blankets. 

  From a high of 99 degrees on July 12, the temperature dipped to a low of 50 degrees Tuesday morning.

  The weatherman predicts more of the same — whatever that may be — for the next few days.

Work expected to begin soon on New Hannegan Bridge

  Work on the new Hannegan Road Bridge crossing the Nooksack River is expected to get under way soon. 

  Whatcom County will provide the state with the required $112,804 as its share while the Federal Government provides the balance up to a maximum of $100,000.

  The Lockyear and White construction contract is for $193,458.50.

  The new structure will be built about 50 feet downstream from the present bridge and will not disrupt through traffic.

  When the new bridge is opened, the old bridge will be taken to the Saxon crossing of the South Fork of the Nooksack.

Final Fair Plans being Formulated

  The 45th annual Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden, Aug. 16-19, is scheduled to be the largest in the long history of the event.

  Fair manager Pete Meenderinck said more than $13,000 in prizes are listed in the premium book for the fair’s 15 departments.

  Between $9,000 and $10,000 will be given in prizes to winners in the saddle, harness and racing events of the grandstand show.

  Dr. E.O. Shaw, head of the Department of Animal Sciences at Washington State University, told local residents the Northwest Washington Fair was probably the largest dairy show west of the Mississippi.

Nieuwsma Wins Trip to Bermuda

  Herman Nieuwsma, of Lynden Rambler Sales, was one of 21 Rambler dealers in the United States to win an expense-paid trip for two to Bermuda.

  Lynden Rambler placed highest in sales in the Portland district, which encompasses Washington, Oregon, Alaska and western Idaho.