In 1989, 19-year-old Katzer wins cribbage tournament with 22-point hand

75 years ago

July 23, 1939

Sunday, no newspaper published

July 24 1939

How he escaped death by a few inches was graphically described over the telephone last night by Steve Turk, Aberdeen school teacher, who was one of the party of 25 Western Washington College of Education students trapped on Mount Baker Saturday by an avalanche which killed two and left four missing.

The former Weatherwax high school athlete who was recently hired to teach in a grade school here told his brother S.L. Turk of Hoquiam he was hiking in single file when suddenly a huge area of snow above them started sliding. He said he was helpless to move and only could watch while the avalanche buried and carried away several of his fellow hikers.

50 years ago

July 23, 1964

• Harborites are invited to drop in at Pay ‘N’ Save tomorrow and help the store celebrate its fifth anniversary of doing business in Aberdeen.

A birthday party is scheduled between 7 and 9 o’clock when Ingrid Moisenen, Miss Grays Harbor, Mr. and Mrs. Ned Button and Mr. and Mrs. Dave Wilson will serve free cake, coffee and 7-up.

• Frank LaRosa, barbershop owner and his son, Richard, a June graduate of Weatherwax High School just returned from a trip to Sicily. “It is sad that Sicily is an island where crime was born with the Mafia and other illicit goings on,” said the Harborite. “But traveling the island from one end to the other, I found a charming place where mythology and history blend. … Sicily has something to offer everyone — the historian, architect, gourmet, skindiver, archaeologist, the scholar and just the holiday maker like me.”

July 24, 1964

• A permanent community library is now ready for readers of all ages next to the Westport Town Hall. Built at a cost of more than $17,000 the library has been stocked with 2,500 volumes designed to appeal to every taste.

• Members of the Hoquiam Eagles voted unanimously last night to purchase the Polson Building at Fifth and Simpson in Hoquiam for $25,000. The structure is presently occupied by Shelly’s Grocery and also is used as a storage garage for log trucks.

Efforts are under way to have the State Liquor Board transfer the Eagles’ liquor license from the present site at 711 J. St. to the new building.

25 years ago

July 23, 1989

Scanning the cards in his hand, Patrick Katzer of Elma found the needed 22 point combination to come from behind in Saturday’s Festival of People cribbage tournament and take the title. “Twenty-two points in one hand is fantastic — the odds of that happening were unlikely,” said tournament organizer Dave Whitcher of Central Park.

But then Katzer, 19, has been beating the odds for years.

A standout basketball player for Elma High School, his season was cut short on Jan. 8, 1987, when he suffered extensive head injuries in a car accident. The doctors at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle gave him just a 4 percent chance of surviving.

After three surgeries he remained in a coma-like state for 77 days.

Saturday, he didn’t even use a wheelchair and his vocabulary is coming back. His mind is obviously tack sharp and his competitive instincts still intact.

After winning Saturday, Katzer said it felt “like he’d won a basketball championship of Elma against Montesano.”

July 24, 1989

Near Mount St. Helens, source of one of the biggest clearcuts in recorded history, the Weyerhaeuser Co. has planted Douglas fir that far surpass natural growth on unmanaged public land nearby.

The volcano’s eruption nine years ago leveled 96,000 acres of public and private timberland with a blast like that of a hydrogen bomb. Weyerhaeuser lost 36,500 acres of mature timber and another 26,000 acres of younger trees.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom


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