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This week brings three anniversaries in the history of Port Townsend, starting with the arrival of the community's first non-Indian families on February 23, 1852. Seven years later, on March 1, 1859, Major Granville Haller -- commander of Fort Townsend -- dined with several visiting scientists and discussed the resources of the San Juan archipelago. And on March 1, 1893, the Port Townsend Post Office, Court and Customs House opened.
On February 23, 1921, Liberty Orchards in Cashmere began marketing Aplets, a candy composed of apples from the orchards along with honey and walnuts. The confection was an immediate success and the company soon introduced Cotlets, a similar candy made from apricots and walnuts. Aplets & Cotlets have since become one of Washington's favorite and best-known treats.
On February 25, 1975, the Vatican appointed the Most Reverend Raymond G. Hunthausen as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Hunthausen's outspoken anti-war stance, and his defense of gay rights, would later vex many church officials, including Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, who rose to become Pope Benedict XVI.
The one moral, the one remedy for every evil, social, political, financial, and industrial, the one immediate vital need of the entire Republic, is the Pacific Railroad.
--Rocky Mountain News, 1866