75 years ago
December 18, 1938
Sunday, no newspaper published
December 19, 1938
Millard Harrison, Seattle contractor who has been sought by Seattle police since Dec. 7 on a grand larceny by check charge, and his wife, Lorna, were found dead in their car in a lonely thicket near Lake Quinault yesterday by a group of Grays Harbor Olympians.
The hikers were trekking on the Lone Mountain road some seven miles above Quinault when they came upon the car, bearing King County license plates. Arnold Russell of Aberdeen saw a hose running from the exhaust into the tonneau and cried a warning to the other hikers. They opened the car door and found the couple slumped together, overcome by the fumes.
50 years ago
December 18, 1963
Thousands of West Berliners waited for hours in bitter cold today to obtain passes for Christmas visits to Communist East Berlin for the first time in three years. Arrangements to permit an estimated 800,000 West Berliners with relatives in the Communist-controlled Eastern sector to cross the Red-built anti-refugee wall for Christmas were completed Tuesday. The East Germans opened 12 offices in West Berlin today to process applications for the passes being issued for the first time since the wall was built in August, 1061.
December 19, 1963
Cosmopolis town councilmen killed last night a proposal to raise council wages from their paltry $6 a month. Two members objected, saying they shouldn’t be in civic politics for the money. Councilman Harry Harmon objected vigorously to the proposal to raise the salaries to an inflated $40 per month. He maintained that higher salaries would draw financial opportunists. He said he known of two persons who filed for Aberdeen City Council positions mainly for the monday which is $75 a month in their case.
25 years ago
December 18, 1988
• Over 500 Grays Harbor students oohed and aahed as the stage in Seattle was transformed into a huge Christmas tree resplendent with golden blinking lights. They sat transfixed as the huge King of the Mice appeared from the wings to do battle with the Nutcracker. “I’ve never seen the kids so excited about a field trip,” said Linda Wentworth, one of the chaperones for the Aberdeen sixth graders. She has been accompanying McDermoth students on field trips for 10 years.
• Besides the ballet ticket, each student also received $3 for a hamburger and milkshake on the way home, said Hoquiam Superintendent Stan Pinnick, who wrote the grant to the Bishop Foundation which funded the trip.
Grays Harbor Community Hospital is hiring costly temporary nurses from agencies and advertising out of the area for full-time employees, hoping to ease a local shortage.
“The staff we have here is great,” said Ann Monaghan, the hospital’s nursing director. “There just aren’t enough of them.” Right now the hospital staff is short about 18 registered nurses, Monaghan said. “That’s a very significant shortage,” she added.
December 19, 1988
Befitting the season, they came bearing gifts. On the bridge of the General Tirona — the first lumber ship to call here since 1983 — officials from the Port of Grays Harbor and Jones Washington Stevedoring Co. this morning presented Capt. Peter Davies with a key to the Port of Grays Harbor. They also offered Quinault salmon and a map of the Washington coastline — so the shipper won’t forget where Grays Harbor is.
This ship is here to pick up 2.8 million boad feet of lumber bound for four ports in Japan. Log shipments go out of here regularly, but no lumber has left by vessel since the time recession hit in the early ’80s.
The cargo, mostly partially cut “cants” and dimension lumber cut to Japanese specifications, comes from four suppliers — ITT Rayonier’s mill at Hoquiam, Weyerhaeuser in Aberdeen, Mayr Bros. in Hoquiam and a Manke Lumber Co. mill in Tacoma.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.