75 years ago
November 29, 1938
• Zella &Nig’s tavern, beside the Olympic highway about five miles north of Hoquiam, burned to the ground this morning when fire of undetermined origin roared through the structure. W.E. Corpron, owner, was asleep in the tavern, and fled to safety when warned by a passing truck driver that flames were shooting up through the roof. Mrs. Corpron was in Portland today and son, Oran, was at school at the time of the blaze.
• With 600 season tickets sold, Weatherwax High students are redoubling their efforts to see another 700 admissions to a series of band and choir concerts to raise money with which to purchase new uniforms for their championship band.
November 30, 1938
• After months of preparation, workmen at the new Processed Woods, Inc., plant east of Aberdeen last week sawed the first run of lumber treated with a secret chemical solution which permanently colors the woods and makes it resistant to rot, wear, fire and water.
The chemical process, which treats an entire log before it is sawed, colors every cell and shred of wood in one of various brilliant hues, at the same time hardening and impregnating it against ravages of termites, time, water and heat.
December 1, 1938
Cherry Street will be opened from Oak Street to Myrtle Street giving another highway connection with Hoquiam on a direct route to the athletic stadium just west of Aberdeen’s city limits. At present there is no through street north of Simpson Avenue. The improvement as outlined in last night’s city council meeting was for grading, graveling and constructing a culvert to care for the creek.
50 years ago
November 29, 1963
• The state’s largest crab fishing fleet is being readied at Westport for the early opening of the commercial crab season this Sunday morning. Aboard some 40 boats at Westport, fishermen are making final repairs and preparing their crab pots and other gear. It is a scene similar to those at Tokeland and Bay Center where an estimated 20 boats are being readied.
• After winning the biggest game of his coaching career — the Thanksgiving Day football game — in this his first year as head man of the Bobcat football forces, Al Eklund was obviously tickled. “That pass play that won it for us was one I picked up while at summer school at Purdue. Ara Parasegian of Northwestern was conducting a coaching clinic I attended and spent quite a bit on this particular pass play.”
November 30, 1963
Discovery of a plane missing since Sept. 3 with four Tacomans aboard was reported this afternoon by Sheriff R.F. Simmons. The plane wreckage was spotted late yesterday afternoon by Leroy Bixler, veteran Harbor pilot, who has searched intermittently since it disappeared. The wreckage was spotted in a small canyon just off a creek about half a mile east of the North Beach Highway.
December 1, 1963
Sunday, no newspaper published
25 years ago
November 29, 1988
Raised on the Harbor, the mother of a 24-year-old son and the business manager at Evergreen Counseling Center, Jo-Anne Sanford says she has no time for a hobby because she spends all of her spare time painting.
“Northern Lights,” an art exhibit featuring Sanford’s talents is on display in the John Spellman Library at Grays Harbor College. The paintings are from places around Washington — the shops on Swamish Slough in LaConner, farms in the Skagit Valley, the north Oregon coast, the drive to the Quinault rainforest, a dock at Coupeville, flowers growing in abandoned gardens on Heron Street in Aberdeen and along the highway in Long Beach.
November 30, 1988
• Wishkah Valley High School technology teacher Donn Leiske took several of his students and the wooden model cars they built to the Surrey, B.C. Metric 500 International recently. Ryan Allen’s car won the race; Jayson Marbut and Tony Kunkle earned first and second place in design while Scott Vessey and Brent Willis received second and third in construction.
• Powerful Raymond opened the girls’ basketball season last night with a 71-31 thumping of Montesano.Katrina Moudy led the winners with a game high 24 points. Ronalda Dunn and Kaelea Makaiwi added 10 each.
December 1, 1988
The City of Aberdeen and ITT Rayonier are on the verge of signing a new industrial water contract that more than doubles rates and calls for a $250,000 lump sum payment to make it retroactive.
The company is now paying $9.79 per million gallons of industrial water it uses at its Hoquiam pulp mill. The new agreed-upon rate is $22 per million gallons. The mill uses a minimum of 35 million gallons of water per day — as does Weyerhaeuser’s Cosmopolis pulp mill, the city’s only other big industrial water customer.
Weyerhaeuser will continue to pay the $9.79 per million at least until 1995. That’s when its long-term contract with the city expires.
The city originally had asked Rayonier to pay about $35 per million gallons.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.