100 years ago in the Washie

Jan. 28, 1914

Airship Line To The Beach From Hoquiam

Hoquiam is to be the headquarters and terminal of a line of passenger carrying hydroplanes that will be operated to the different beach resorts during the coming summer, this service to be commenced as soon as the excursion season schedules of the railroads go into effect, and if the project is a success the headquarters and works of the Crawford Air Navigation company will be moved from Tacoma to this place. Mr. Crawford has two successful machines at Moclips at present. This will be the first passenger carrying airoplane service on the Pacific coast, if not in the country.

This was the substance of a statement made by J. B. Crawford, the head of the company which has built several air craft and operated them for exhibition purposes at the Sound cities and the principal cities and resorts of the Pacific coast. Several flights were made at Moclips last fall. Mr. Crawford is one of the oldest living aeronauts, having been in the business for 30 years after learning the art of navigating baloons and parachutes.

Mr. Crawford stated the Beach hotel is to be rebuilt in anticipation of great increase in travel to the summer resort. He also said his company will operate exhibition machines all summer at the different beach resorts, in addition to the big passenger carrying craft that will compete with the railroads and steamaboats for a share of the excursion business. A moving picture machine is to be used by the company in taking “skyographs” of this section, and these will be shown on the regular circuits.

Jan. 29, 1914

Gunman Collides With Other’s Shoes

MONTESANO —- William Arndt is in jail tonight nursing painful wounds about the head and face, which are souvenirs of a row he finished second in tonight at the Owl hotel, after making a gun play, and a man named Dubois, who beat him up, is held as a witness. The row was in two parts. Not satisfied with the outcome of the first round with fists, Arndt went to his room, it is claimed, procured a revolver and returned to the lobby for satisfaction. Dubois saw the gun and before the wielder could get action on it knocked Ardt down and kicked him severely in the head and face before bystanders interfered.

Too Many Trappers, Not Enough Animals

MONTESANO — Grant Wilkins, who is trapping up in the neighborhood of Porter brought in a wild cat and a coyote for the bounty this morning, and says that never in the history of the county has so many men been engaged in the trapping business.

“I should judge there are 250 men trapping or trying to trap up in our part of the county,” he says, “and though many of them know nothing about the work and don’t get any pelts the number makes it hard picking for those who do know how.

“No, they don’t disturb each other’s traps, but with so many people in the woods the animals are scared out. I have carried my traps away back in the woods, most of them, to avoid the amateurs.

Jan. 30, 1914

Woman In Black Mask Stirs Up The City

People in the business district had a start yesterday afternoon when they saw on the street a woman wearing a black mask, which effectually concealed her features. The wearer seemed on a tour of inspection, for she visited a number of places of business, making occasional purchases or viewing the goods on display.

Some young woman clerk in a store or the proprietor would raise their eyes from the task at hand and find themselves confronted by the black domino. In a number of cases women and the young women clerks were badly frightened when they saw the mask wearer.

It was not until late in the afternoon that it was learned the Woman in the Black Mask is to appear at the Arcade Grand theater this evening and toomorrow night in operatic selections. Incidentally a big cash prize is offered to anyone who can guess her identity. She has appeared in all the principal cities of the country and the mask has always created a stir.

Jan. 31, 1914

Capt. Tom Stream Is Drowned At Sea

According to a telegram received by the Slade Lumber company here this afternoon, Capt. Tom Stream of the schooner Edward R. West was drowned at sea during the recent hurricane, when the schooner lost her deckload of lumber and all but foundered. When the West reached San Francisco today the sad news was telegraphed here.

The West cleared from Eureka several days ago and must have encountered the worst of the hurricane that gripped the coast early this week. The Edward R. West has loaded here for several years, but for some months past has taken her cargo elsewhere, generally at Eureka. The vessel’s home port is San Francisco.

The wife of the deceased skipper resides at Aberdeen. She was informed of the tragedy this afternoon. Mrs. Stream was not at home this evening when a reporter called.


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