75 years ago
November 22, 1938
For the first time on Grays Harbor hot doughnuts will be served patrons by the XL Donut company, located on Simpson Avenue near Ontario Street. Open house will be from 2 tomorrow afternoon until 10 tomorrow night. Jesse Mathews and Les Griffen, owners announced today. After tomorrow hot doughnuts will be on sale daily after 5 o’clock.
Aberdeen and Hoquiam were agog today as civic meetings, banquets and student assemblies added fuel to the football flames for the annual Thanksgiving Day game which will dedicate Hoquiam’s new athletic park.
More than 250 business men, players, coaches and cheer leaders gathered at the Morck Hotel today to honor the Aberdeen team, champions of the southwest conference. Last night approximately 150 Hoquiam fans met at the Emerson Hotel for a similar rally.
November 23, 1938
The state department of public service today granted the Twin City Transit company permission to abandon service on the Broadway-B street and North Hoquiam branch lines, but requested the company to work out some schedule for partial service at least.
With interest at fever pitch and fair weather predicted, a record attendance is expected at the annual Aberdeen-Hoquiam Thanksgiving Day football classic which dedicates Hoquiam’s new $150,000 athletic park.
Big pep rallies in the two cities will climax the pre-game enthusiasm. At 7 this evening, Aberdeen students and citizens will attend the burning ceremony of “John Hoquiam” at the Franklin school site, followed by a rally at the Miller auditorium. Hoquiam High School students will crowd the Seventh Street Theatre for a combined pep rally and senior vaudeville.
November 24, 1938
“Dear God, we thank thee for freedom.” With such a prayer one Jewish family, refugees from Germany, marked their first Thanksgiving Day. “If only those others could be here,” they said, “our friends and relatives in Germany. If only they could know how it is to walk down the street without fear; to know the peace and friendliness in America. They could be thankful, too.”
An alert and hard-fighting Hoquiam High School football team drove to a 12 to 0 victory over Aberdeen’s Bobcats today at the new Hoquiam Olympic Stadium before a capacity crowd of 10,000 fans. Heroes of the Hoquiam triumph were Kallam, a reserve halfback, and Dave Smith in the backfield, and John Champ, Peterson and Bond in the Hoquiam line.
Raymond’s powerful Seagulls outclassed South Bend Indians, 27-0, on the Raymond field today. Bob Schnee, O’Neil and Petit tore off great hunks of yardage when the Gulls first string was in.
50 years ago
November 22, 1963
President John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States, was shot to death today by a hidden assassin armed with a high-powered rifle. Kennedy, 46, lived about 30 minutes after a sniper cut him down as his limousine left downtown Dallas.
November 23, 1963
One of the historical landmarks on Grays Harbor, the Methodist Church in Cosmopolis, will be used for its last worship service tomorrow morning at 11. The weather-beaten frame structure was built in 1892 as the town’s Presbyterian Church and was purchased by the Methodists in 1920. The first couple married in the church was Mr. and Mrs. Sam Rhodes and Mrs. Rhodes now is choir director for the church.
The old building, which has been practically condemned the last three years, will be replaced with a chapel and two church school rooms.
November 24, 1963
Sunday, no newspaper published
25 years ago
November 22, 1988
Twenty-five years ago today, flags few at half-staff across the Harbor and on ships at port. President John F. Kennedy was dead at 46 from an assassin’s bullet. Twenty-five years later, on a rainy Saturday afternoon at the SouthShore Mall, several Harborites reflected on the national tragedy.
Jim Totten was a 16-year-old Raymond High School sophomore studying in the library when the librarian came through the doors announcing the president had been shot. “I remember girls were crying in the hall,” said Totten, who now teaches at his alma mater.
John Ball of Montesano was resting up after working the night shift at the Anderson &Middleton mill. “I remember how sad everyone was,” he said. “It shocked everyone … I really like the man.”
November 23, 1988
A Raymond tavern owner, Frances Norman, has claimed the $2 million Washington state Lotto jackpot from last Saturday’s drawing. Mrs. Norman, 60, received $80,000 on Tuesday, the first of 20 annual after-tax payments.
November 24, 1988
Troy A. Palmer, 16, a Boy Scout for five years, has been awarded Eagle rank after supervising and working on a picnic table project at Stewart Park in Aberdeen.
The son of Dealy and Tryone Palmer of Aberdeen is a member of Troop 5 and served as assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader for his troop.
A junior at Weatherwax High School, Palmer has been on the track, speech and debate teams.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.