75 years ago
December 20, 1938
Aberdeen Elks are turning back the clock a few years this week to play hosts to Grays Harbor children at two parties. Thursday night’s regular lodge business will be suspended while Elks entertain youngsters at 7:30 o’clock instead of 8 to assure plenty of fun before bedtime for the children of members. Gene Whiteside and Sam Watkins will be in charge and will see that every child gets a gift.
Saturday morning the Elks and the D&R Theatre will host every boy and girl in the community to a free event that will include a cartoon and the western adventure film, “Arizona Mahoney.”
December 21, 1938
L.E. “Red” Johnson, one of the Grays Harbor men with the loyalist forces in Spain, was killed in action during the loyalist offensive across the Ebro River, according to word brought back by Ernest Kozlowski, who arrived in Seattle this morning.
Kozlowski and Johnson went to Spain together in the spring of 1937.
Johnson, familiar figure in the woodworker’s strike of 1935 and a militant labor leader on Grays Harbor, was the second Harborite to lose his life in the Spanish War. Robert Pettijohn of Hoquiam drowned when the loyalists were driven across the Ebro River several months ago during the battle in which the international brigade bore the brunt of the rebel attack.
December 22, 1938
• Weeks of work by members of the Aberdeen Active Club and their wives, augmented by gifts of money and goods from labor organizations, clubs and lodges, months of toy making by Aberdeen firemen and donations by individuals of Grays Harbor will be climaxed tomorrow with the annual Sunshine Kids distribution of packages for boys and girls of needy families in the county.
A fleet of 10 trucks from Smith’s Dairy, with dairy company drivers in the cabs and Boy Scouts riding along to make deliveries, will spread out from headquarters with hundreds of packages.
• Rallying late in the fourth quarter in a sudden scoring burst that was good for 11 points the Aberdeen Bobcats defeated a visiting Centralia Tiger basketball team 31 to 18 last night at the Miller gymnasium. Bill Mattson, rangy Aberdeen center, and Sammy Elway, guard, were having tough luck on their shots. Both were hitting the hoop but couldn’t get the ball to drop through.
50 years ago
December 20, 1963
Grays Harbor College students collected between $225 and $250 worth of canned goods during the Miss Merry Christmas contest from which Neena Groseclose emerged as the winner. Led by Mike Roberts, president, the Letterman’s Club brought in the most food — 16 full boxes — for their candidate, Miss Groseclose.
December 21, 1963
Mayr Bros. Logging Co.’s new V.I.E.W. Spar-matic isn’t any gin pole on wheels, men who saw it demonstrated the other day will tell you.
The mechanical woods marvel is the latest device to invade good western timber — an all-metal spar on wheels in this case, complete with built-in 3-drum Washington slack-line yarder. It is self-contained in power and propulsion and designed to be set up in four hours at a new location.
No laborious selection of a proper spar tree, topping it, securing it with guy lines and hooking it up to a yarder moved deliberately into position. That method ordinarily takes days.
December 22, 1963
Sunday, no newspaper published
25 years ago
December 20, 1988
Needed: a few good substitute teachers. Twice last week, Aberdeen School District ran out of substitute teachers and had to consolidate classes, close resource rooms and have principals teach. Administrative Assistant Lee Rhoden is afraid this will become an all-too-often scenario.
“Anyone with at least (a bachelor’s degree) with a teacher’s certificate (should call us). We will work to get them recertified at least for a 30-day certificate,” Rhoden said.
Just last week, the Cosmopolis School District increased their pay of substitutes from $50 to $60 to be competitive with their neighboring districts so that the pay wouldn’t be a reason why a substitute wouldn’t take a job there.
December 21, 1988
• Aberdeen children’s librarian Joanne Riley loans books to thousands of Harbor youngsters every year. But at Christmas time, she says it’s nice to distribute books that don’t have a due date stamped on the inside cover — books that the kids can keep at home and call their very own.
The Aberdeen Timberland Library will give away more than 200 new books to disadvantaged Harbor children this year and another 200 or so books to adults and families. But the shelves at the library won’t be depleted at all.
Four publishing companies contributed more than 500 books to the library after Riley and Aberdeen High School senior R.J. Wessels wrote letters seeking donations.
• Three-point baskets were evidently on Hoquiam’s list for each of the 12 days of Christmas.
With Jason Anderson and Dave Jump providing the bulk of the long-range firepower, the Grizzlies actually bombed in 12 three-pointers to outgun tenacious Elma, 94-79, in a Black Hills League boys’ basketball game Tuesday night at Hoquiam Square Garden.
December 22, 1988
• The Cosmopolis City Council voted unanimously last night to join an emergency 911 network, if the county commissioners provide some $500,000 in start-up costs.
Cosmopolis is the first city in the county to pass such a resolution. Aberdeen and Hoquiam are expected to consider similar resolutions next week.
• Four Twin Harbors players were named to all-state football teams, selected by the Washington Sportswriters Association.
Raymond’s Mike Buchkoski was a two-way selection on the B-11 team. Pac-8 League champion Wishkah was represented by receiver-defensive back Pierce Ridgway, guard Joe McLeod and defensive lineman Jamie Moodenbaugh on the B-8 team.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.