In 1939, Nelson crab cannery in Tokeland is going strong

75 years ago

July 25, 1939

About 150 observers, mostly civilians, will participate next week in a “hostile air raid” exercise arranged for western Washington by the headquarters of the Puget Sound harbor defenses at Fort Worden. The plan is designed to build up a civilian aircraft warning service for the sound area and will be part of exercises covering the entire Pacific coast.

The observers will be stationed at strategic points up to 100 miles inland ready to flash warnings of the approach of any “enemy aircraft.”

The Grays Harbor Railway and Light company, Simpson Logging company and the Washington Pulp and Paper division of Crown Zellerbach company will furnish some of the observers.

July 26, 1939

The Paul Bunyan program promises a full week of festivities from Aug. 6 to 12 when Hoquiam citizens commemorate the 50th anniversary of their city, golden jubilee officials announced today.

Monday, the official christening of the Hoquiam Elks steamboat Enterprise will take place. The craft is a replica of the first steamboat which entered Grays Harbor in 1857.

The biggest parade ever assembled on Grays Harbor is planned for Wednesday night, according to Frank H. Lamb, jubilee chairman.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be set aside for the presentation of the jubilee pageant, “They Live Again,” which will include hundreds of players from Hoquiam and neighboring communities.

July 27, 1939

Ten years ago Herb Nelson of Tokeland scraped together $250 for a fish boat. The seams gaped a little, but he stuffed these full of liens and started himself out as a crab fisherman.

His first rickety boat has developed into a sizable fleet and the Nelson fishing skill into a brand new industry, one of the finest crab canneries on the coast.

The new plant, which started operations only a month or two ago, is located at Tokeland where a decade ago Nelson uncertainly started to land crabs for an uncertain market. Where he was alone then he now has 30 employees at his beck and call; he handles crabs by the ton where then he was lucky with a box full.

50 years ago

July 25, 1964

• Russ Ellison, Aberdeen, this afternoon became one of four who qualified for the semi-finals of the World Championship Log Rolling Contest at Hayward, Wis., by outlasting Eddie Herron of Kelso.

The semi-finals and championship are to be broadcast tomorrow over ABC’s “Wide-World of Sports” Ellison reported this afternoon to The World by phone.

• The final skylight, an acrylic plastic aluminum-framed rectangle, was in place to complete the roofing of Houston’s Domed Stadium. The air-conditioned domed stadium is the future home of the National League Houston Colts, the American Football League Houston Oilers and the University of Houston.

July 26, 1964

Sunday, no newspaper published

July 27, 1964

Less than 10 hours after he qualified as plane commander, a Navy helicopter pilot in three minutes rescued a sailor who fell 65 feet to the sea after a jet blast swept him off the USS Enterprise’s flight deck.

The pilot is Ensign Verne P. Giddings of Brooklyn, Wash. He rescued the 18-year-old boatswain’s mate who was walking behind a jet exhaust shield when it suddenly collapsed, exposing him to the engine blast of a jet about to take off.

The sailor hit the water feet first and his momentum plunged him deep enough to see the bottom of the ship and her four churning screws. When he surfaced he was in the ship’s wake. Giddings’ rescue helicopter sped to the scene, hovered over Davis and lowered a sling that Davis was able to climb into.

Giddings, son of Oliver Giddings of Brooklyn, is married to the former Helen Whitacre of Aberdeen.

25 years ago

July 25, 1989

When Vernon Jones goes flying, he takes his birds along for the ride.

A commercial airline pilot for the past 25 years, the Westport man needed a hobby that would suit his transient lifestyle. He was an avid bird hunter, but about a decade ago decided that carving replicas of majestic winged creatures was a more portable pastime.

A pilot for Northwest Airlines, Jones has lived at Westport with his wife, Nancy, for the past 20 years. He spends much of his four days off each week in a workshop filled with electric carving machines and other tools.

July 26, 1989

• Elmo Gill, who left a farm in Mississippi at 16, is now nearly 90, but he can still fix his own car.

He retired from his Moclips business — Gill’s Auto Repair — two years ago because insurance men told him his old stove was a safety hazard and would have to be removed from the shop. “I just couldn’t stand that garage without a heat stove,” Gill explained.

Friends, neighbors and former customers will honor Gill at a potluck dinner Sunday at St. John’s Chapel by the Sea in Moclips.

• Some North Beach residents think they may have cornered the market on paradise.

Now their task is to sell other people and businesses on the idea that Ocean Shores is the perfect place to do it all.

“It really is the greatest place to live, work and play,” said Helen Dorsey, member of the Ocean Shores Development Association (OSDA).

OSDA’s main goal it to promote economic development within Ocean Shores. The biggest obstacle to that goal, says Jerry Kehoe, OSDA president and manager of the Canterbury Inn, is that the area’s benefits are a “well-kept secret.”

July 27, 1989

Dick Moulton, Grays Harbor County Extension agent, will receive a distinguished service award of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents at their annual meeting in New Jersey next month.

Moulton, whose “Down to Earth” column appears in The Daily World and East County News, will be recognized for “innovative educational programs for small-scale farmers and “Decision Makers” tours of rural minority areas.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom


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