100 Years Ago in the Washie

April 13, 1914

Mill Worker Hurt Twice In Same Day

MONTESANO, April 11 — This morning Nick Vidich, a laborer in the Bishop mill, was caught in the conveyor and was badly bruised and scratched. He was brought to Dr. Marcey’s office where he was bandaged up, and after a short rest with the doctor’s consent he went back to work.

This afternoon the same man got caught in the same conveyor. This last time he had one cut on the lower lip that required a few stitches besides other bruises. As he was about to leave, the doctor advised:

“You are nervous, man, you better not go back to work this afternoon.”

“This afternoon? Believe me, it is never again for me.”

April 16, 1914

Big Crowd At Opening Of Depot

Fully 600 people gathered last evening at the new union passenger station to hear the program of addresses arranged as a formal opening ceremony for the $40,000 structure. A large party of prominent officials of the three transcontinental lines having terminals here and using the station attended the ceremonies, and all of the addresses except one by J. C. Heermans were made by railway men.

It is doubtful if a crowd of the size ever was held to closer attention, which lasted throughout the program, every speaker holding his hearers until the end.

It would be impossible in the limited space to attempt to cover the addresses of these men. All of them praised Hoquiam, as most of them had had an opportunity during the day to look about the city and renew acquaintances among local manufacturers. All the speakers predicted a steady and continued growth for Hoquiam and the Grays Harbor district, declaring they expected to see big things doing here.

April 17, 1914

Searched Four Bank Robbers In Aberdeen

MONTESANO, April 16 — In a telephone message from Seattle tonight Sheriff Schelle Mathews told more details of the capture of four Russians identified as members of the gang which held up the Bank of Elma March 28. The principal feature was the fact the four men were searched in the Mecca hotel the night of the arrest on suspicion by sheriff’s officers of Sam Malsogaw, later released, and one of the men is a brother of Malsogaw.

Malsogaw, proprietor of the Mecca rooming house, was taken up on suspicion on account of his laundry having the same mark as that on a handkerchief wrapped around a number of .38-caliber Smith &Wesson revolver cartridges found on the railway track near Elma the morning after the robbery. Malsogaw, after an examination, was released. At the time Malsogaw was arrested the four men arrested Wednesday in Seattle, were at the Mecca house and the officers lined them up and searched them, but could find nothing on which to hold them.

When searched in Seattle a revolver was found on one man and the cartridges found at Elma fit the gun. The laundry mark on clothing of Malsogaw’s brother is the same as that of the handkerchief found at Elma. Malsogaw, who has been in Seattle, left tonight for Aberdeen.

Sheriff Mathews telegraphed the New York police to arrest the missing member of the gang, who, it appears, has not yet sailed for Liverpool.

April 19, 2014

Air Tank Explodes Causing Excitement

ABERDEEN, April 18 — (Special) The explosion of a 200-gallon air tank used for inflating tires, at the store of the Aberdeen Electric company in the Smits building, caused a commotion in that vicinity today and slightly injured Frank Cooper, who was entering a small rear room, where, the tank was kept, when the explosion occurred. He was thrown to the floor and his eyes filled with dust. The principal damage was to a few bottles of perfume and drugs thrown from the shelves of the Broadway Pharmacy company, in the adjoining store room. The tank was an old one with rusted and weathered spots along the seams. Pressure of only 80 pounds was shown a few moments before the explosion. The explosion caused quite a crowd to gather.

April 21, 2014

Youth Finds Life In Big Woods Lonesome

MONTESANO, April 20 — Frank Partridge, a 17-year-old boy, who started out to be a second John Tornow, but found it a rather damp, lonesome business after a night or two, was arrested yesterday in one of the Polson logging camps, where he had been taken in, by Deputy Sheriffs Fitzgerald and Quimby.

Frank is the bold bad robber that looted the pool hall in Humptulips last week, from which he took 1,000 cigarettes, a box of cigars, 40 or 50 cans of tobacco and a couple of tins of cookies. From there he went into the woods, remaining in sight of the lights of the village at night, put up a lean-too shelter with a rubber blanket he had stolen, and proceeded to lead the bold bad life he had read about in the Nick Carter books.

April 23, 1914

Workman Buried By Gravel But Is Saved

MONTESANO, April 22 — Caught in a cement gravel slide and buried until only his head was above the gravel, Eugene Taylor not only lives, but is apparently not seriously hurt. Before he was gotten out of the gravel the pressure had caused him to bleed at the nose, eyes and ears, and he has several bad cuts and bruises, but no bones were broken.

Taylor and another young fellow named Wylie Edwards were working in the Peterson hill pit alongside the Wynooche river about seven miles north of Montesano. They were getting out gravel for teams working on the road near there, and were alone at the time of the slide this morning, though several men were working a quarter of a mile away.

Without warning the bank above them gave way and came tumbling about them. Edwards managed to scramble to safety. Taylor started, but was caught against the wagon they were filling. The sand and small stones slid down around him until only his head was exposed. Edwards yelled for help and then went to work. By digging and pulling he got his companion out before the other men arrived. Taylor was brought to the hospital here to have his wounds dressed, but was able to return to his home this afternoon.


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