World Gone By 12/14

75 years ago

December 13, 1938

• A big new road development connecting Bel Aire Avenue with Chilton Road on Pilgrim Heights is being designed as a near-future WPA project, City Engineer Sam Watkins announced today. Mr. Watkins said the road is designed primarily for fire protection, following difficulty last summer when fighters battled several days to curb a forest fire which swept dangerously close to the Pilgrim Heights standpipe and threatened timber near the city’s reservoir atop Fairview hill.

• Pacific County public utility commissioners yesterday entertained a committee of Tokeland residents asking investigation of the feasibility of a water system to serve Tokeland, the coast guard station and the reservation.

December 14, 1938

Approximately 4,000 Grays Harbor WPA workers will receive paychecks totaling nearly $100,000 before Christmas, Richard F. Graham. WPA employment supervisor, said today. “This advance issuance of checks, to give the project workers maximum assistance for Christmas and stimulate business, is possible through crowding additional working hours for early completion of the payroll period,” said Mr. Abel. “Instead of working the usual limited hours and days, full work weeks and days will be the rule.”

Last week approximately 75 WPA workers on projects in the county walked off their jobs after completing a six-hour shift in protest to the eight-hour day.

December 15, 1938

Application was filed with the Aberdeen city council last night by Edwin Alexander, chairman of a citizens committee interested in bus service, asking a 25-year franchise for bus operations by a new company he designated as the Peoples Transit Company. The company would be locally owned and Alexander proposed a five-cent rate within the city limits with a fleet of modern buses.

50 years ago

December 13, 1963

Grays Harbor’s economy is losing the equivalent of one plant employing 100 workers with each ship that the port cannot accommodate. Commissioner John Earley computed the direct local loss as $250,000 a month. He estimated that if one ship a week has to be turned away the monthly loss is $190,000 in longshoremen’s wages and $60,000 in payments to the port.

Early took the lead in outlining the need for the proposed $1,250,000 Pier 2 which would provide two more berthing spaces.

December 14, 1963

• The main course for the Elma VFW-American Legion pre-Christmas dinner Dec. 21 arrived by truck from Montesano yesterday — about 1,000 pounds of top-grade buffalo meat. The buffalo was purchased from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The animal was grown near Morese, Mont. Plans to have a live buffalo on display did not work out.

Chairman William Floyd said the buffalo and other wild game will be cooked in 6-foot pits dug near the Legion Building.

• The S. S. Washington, a State Line ship designed to beat its maritime competition and take along 12 passengers to boot, docked this morning at the Port of Grays Harbor.

The fast (20 knot) ship will load 1,320 tons of Weyerhaeuser pulp today and tomorrow. The ship has eight staterooms for 12 passengers as well as a card room, television, hi-fi set and a glassed-in observation lounge.

December 15, 1963

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago

December 13, 1988

• Layoffs appear imminent next year at the Grays Harbor PUD as officials look for ways to maneuver the utility through its $16.6 million out-of-court WPPSS settlement.

Grays Harbor PUD General Manager Steve Romjue said details of any such move would be released only after the employees first are notified. It was unclear how many employees of the PUD’s 145 employees would be affected.

• The Cat Ladies are now 2 and 0 and untested.

Aberdeen’s girl cagers breezed to their second lopsided Black Hills League victory, 65-21, over Capital at Sam Ben Gym last night.

Guard Heather Vogler (the Cat Ladies have so much height they can afford the luxury of a 5-10 guard) led the AHS scoring parade with 14 points while Tanya Kloempken added 12.

December 14, 1988

Hollow, hulking and boarded up for several years, the Finch Building — once the toast of the town — has lost its last accessory: windows.

With pedestrians at risk from panes shattering on the sidewalk below, Aberdeen officials declared the building a nuisance and the owners of the landmark were ordered to remove the windows.

The Finch Building was a veritable skyscraper in its day, housing many business and professional offices, as well as an opulent penthouse suite for its builder, the dapper capitalist Ed Finch. Now the gutted building is the subject of ridicule by many who say it represents an embarrassment to the city.

“We cannot order something torn down just because it’s ugly,” said Councilman Chuck Gurrad, of the building. With its reinforced concrete, the building itself remains solid as a rock.

December 15, 1988

With an eye to putting the Christmas season in better religious perspective, the Evergreen Faith Fellowship of Aberdeen has assembled a unique nativity scene at the Wishkah Mall. Children, adults or whole families can be photographed in various costumes depicting the cast of characters who gathered ‘round the stable in Bethlehem.

Church members constructed the manger scene and made the stuffed animals — an ox, donkey and three sheep. And costumes are available in all sizes.

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


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