75 years ago
December 16, 1938
Ernest Kozlowski, Harbor logger who volunteered early in the Spanish war and served with the loyalist forces, was to have arrived at New York early this week with other Americans enroute home from the war after being demobilized by the Spanish government. No word has been received for three months from L.E. “Red” Johnson, who went to Spain with Kozlowski.
December 17, 1938
Dazzling white raincoats and sou’westers have been provided the schoolboy patrols of Aberdeen as part of the Active Club Sunshine Kids program.
50 years ago
December 16, 1963
• Shipping at the Port of Grays Harbor is busy, busy, busy, Port Manager Ray Heinke noted this forenoon. No less than eight ships are docked in the Harbor which is just about the maximum.
• The Indians of South Bend High School got back on the winning trail Saturday night by downing Moclips 53 to 38. Doug Patterson for the Indians and Vern Wilson for Moclips paced their teams in the point department, each netting 19.
December 17, 1963
Ara Parseghian had conferences scheduled today, with Northwestern Athletic Director Stu Holcomb and Notre Dame Vice-President Rev. Edmund Joyce to attempt to resolve whether he is football coach for the Wildcats or the Irish.
Paraseghian, coach at Northwestern for eight years, was announced Saturday as the new Notre Dame mentor. But Monday, after a two-hour conference with Joyce, he refused to sign the Notre Dame contract and came home. It was believed the difference with the Irish athletic board centered on how many assistants Parseghian would have to retain from the current Irish staff.
25 years ago
December 16, 1988
• The Weyerhaeuser Co. will spend $9 million to keep its Grays Harbor pulp mill in compliance with environmental regulations through the 1990s.
The major facet of the plan is the installation of an oxygen bleaching system that should substantially reduce the mill’s use of chlorine. Scientists believe chlorine triggers the formation of dangerous dioxins as a byproduct.
• Dick Larman of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Program spoke to an ad hoc Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce group concerned with downtown Aberdeen. He said a Mainstream-type program like the one Port Townsend, Olympia and several other Washington cities have used could work on Grays Harbor if boosters will make the commitment.
A chamber steering committee will discuss the possibilities Larman raised. “We’re not ready to make a commitment to this program, but we are committed to revitalizing downtown,” Chamber of Commerce Manager LeRoy Tipton said.
December 17, 1988
• Central Park firefighters are hoping a $130,000 pumper they put in service last week will spearhead a re-organizational trend that could lower homeowner insurance premiums there. “We’ve been looking at what we can do to get our ratings better,” said John Sliva, chief of the Grays Harbor Fire Protective District No. 2.
• Even when wearing maroon, Montesano subscribes to a blue-collar philosophy. Creating most of their opportunities through aggressive defense, the unbeaten Bulldogs surged in the second half to a 69-54 victory over Ocosta Friday night.
The game was the swan song for Wildcat coach Jack Hedgcock, who resigned following the contest, siting time constraints for his decision. He will be succeeded by his assistant, Elma standout Bruce Jones.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.