In 1989, $3.4 million of illegal drugs confiscated by Task Force

75 years ago

January 10, 1939

Mount Sinai Hospital in New York today said the condition of C.M. Weatherwax, West Coast capitalist, who was operated on yesterday, was “improved.”

Mr. Weatherwax was operated on for a brain blood clot, the result of an attack last week in which he was beaten and robbed by thugs. His condition was described as dangerous, but not immediately critical.

The attack occurred Monday night. Mr. and Mrs. Weatherwax had returned to the Ritz-Carlton after dinner and played dominoes when, the night being pleasant, he proposed a walk around the block. Mrs. Weatherwax decided not to go and he went alone without taking either his hat or overcoat. It was on this walk he was set upon, beaten and robbed of his watch and money.

January 11, 1939

Paul Bunyan himself would do a little jowl-scratching over this one.

Up in the Humptulips country is a mammoth spruce, one of the largest ever found, and in the whole Grays Harbor region there isn’t a saw long enough to fall it. The giant stick measures 14 1/2 feet d.b.h. (diameter breast high) and towers 200 feet. As far up as a chipmunk can scamper in 15 seconds there isn’t a limb, and every foot of that height contains 1,000 board feet of timber. Cruisers can only guess at the tree’s age, but it is safe to say it was a lusty sapling long before Columbus sailed to American five centuries ago.

January 12, 1939

Asserting CIO union sponsors had failed to furnish a script, school officials said today that permission for presentation of Clifford Odet’s play, “Waiting for Lefty” January 21 at the Aberdeen junior high school had been revoked. Since permission was granted, several groups have protested the play is “radical in nature” officials said.

50 years ago

January 10, 1964

A 24-year-old Aberdeen Coast Guardsman, Michael Smith, on duty aboard an ice-breaker, shot a 1,400-pound polar bear Nov. 13 north of Pt. Barrow, Alaska. Smith killed the northern beast with a 30-06 Winchester rifle. He is having the hide made into a rug. It measures 9-feet, 6 inches long and 10-feet, 4-inches wide.

Big game hunters pay fees up to $2,000 for a polar bear hunting excursion.

January 11, 1964

• McCleary’s annual Bear Festival will get a nationwide plug on an upcoming television show thanks to an enterprising local miss.

JoDee Olson will be on the Jan. 21 Steve Allen show on channel 7. The show, which was filmed Jan. 2, will include presentation of McCleary bear stew to the star of the show.

• Two Aberdeen couples are among the Northwest art leaders invited to serve as patrons and patronesses for the opening of the first Annual Governor’s Invitational Art Show at the State Capitol Museum in Olympia Sunday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur K. Crews and Dr. and Mrs. H.J. Weiner will be attending the preview at the museum and then the reception at the Executive mansion to be hosted by Governor and Mrs. Albert Rosellini.

25 years ago

January 10, 1989

Rick Thomas, a 13-year veteran of the Hoquiam Police Department, was appointed chief Monday night by the City Council. Former Deputy Chief Ray Hickman retired Nov. 30. The deputy chief’s job pays about $37,000 a year.

January 11, 1989

• The landmark Simpson Avenue Bridge at Hoquiam will be closed for two months of major construction starting Jan. 23. Quigg Bros.-McDonald Inc. of Aberdeen was awarded a $519,000 contract to perform the work, which will involve replacing the 193-foot grid deck on the “double leaf bascule.” That’s the center section that is raised to allow a vessel to pass through.

• The barge company claiming responsibility for damages left from the massive oil spill off the mouth of Grays Harbor has tentatively agreed to pay $1,019 a day for use of the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

Sause Bros. Ocean Towing Inc., of Coos Bay, Ore., is expected to sign a contract with the Ocean Shores-Grays Harbor County Visitors and Convention Bureau Thursday morning.

January 12, 1989

• Students in Betsy Seidel’s 8th grade Challenge English class at Hoquiam Middle School are writing stories about students in Lynn Ogren’s kindergarten class at Emerson School. Each 8th grader was assigned a kindergarten student to write about. They illustrated the stories and then the pages were laminated.

“It was such a neat experience for my students to watch the little ones respond,” said Seidel. “They spread out through the school and had quiet time and read the books together.”

“The kids really like it,” said Katie Svoboda, who wrote two stories, since there was one extra youngster. “At that age they really are excited about being read to.”

• A Westport-area man wants to bring a 54-year-old government surveying vessel, once known as the Robert Gray, home to Grays Harbor to serve as bed and breakfast lodging in the Westport Marina.

Bruce Morland, an Ocosta School District employee retired from the Navy, explained his plan to the Port Commission, asking that it waive a policy of prohibiting “live-aboards” in the marina. The boat has eight staterooms and sleeps 18.

• Illegal drugs worth nearly $3.4 million were confiscated on Grays Harbor during the first full year the Drug Task Force was operating, according to a preliminary report.

“I think the three detectives have had a tremendous impact on the availability of drugs,” Aberdeen Police Chief Bill Ellis told the City Council’s public safety committee on Wednesday. But the seemingly major drug seizures merely scratch the surface, he added.

“If we were to double the size of the task force, I would suspect we would double the amount of drugs seized and arrests made,” the chief said.

“I think they’re doing a heck of a job,” Hoquiam Police Chief Duke Herman said. “The farther it goes, the more successful it will be because we’re learning all the time.”

Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.


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