75 years ago
December 27, 1938
Plunged overboard when their rowboat capsized William Weissenborn and William Jordan, Aberdeen merchants, narrowly escaped drowning yesterday in the chilly Satsop River.
Dressed in boots and heavy clothing, the men had just started drifting down the swift stream on a fishing trip when the boat swept under an overhanging tree and overturned. Plunged into the cold river, each thought the other could not swim. They floundered around in vain attempts to “save” each other before realizing they both were swimming. They drifted far downstream before making the 20 feet to shore. Then they tramped two miles to where their automobile was parked.
December 28, 1938
A call for Aberdeen citizens to join hands with those of Hoquiam in a united front against business reverses and a drive for expansion and prosperity was sounded at the Aberdeen Rotary Club luncheon today by William Appel, manager of the Aberdeen chamber of commerce. “No city can move forward unless it has public spirited citizens who will give of time and means to make the city grow,” Appel said.
December 29, 1938
• The annual Raymond Firemen’s Ball will be held at the CIO labor temple Saturday night. The Jitterbug Orchestra will play. A special program of stunts and fun has been planned for the seeing out of the old and ringing in of the new years.
• Helen Boora celebrated her tenth birthday anniversary at a Christmas party given Saturday by her sister, Sandra, who came down from Seattle Friday for the occasion. Games were played and each guest given a present from the lighted tree.
50 years ago
December 27, 1963
• The City of Aberdeen has a new fire chief today but he’s a familiar figure already. Louie Larson, who is now serving as assistant chief, won a promotion to chief in the 30 seconds that it took Mayor Walt Failor to nominate him and the City Council to confirm him unanimously. He has 20 1/2 years of service with the Aberdeen department.
• A proposed $1.2 million pier to provide Grays Harbor with two additional shipping berths is regarded by port observers as a major reason behind the bid for additional longshore gangs. The tenor of port commission thinking runs like this: “Let’s face it. If the present authorized strength doesn’t keep pace with shipping volume, it would be harder if not impossible to keep abreast with two more berths.”
December 28, 1963
During the annual Tom and Jerry party last night at the Morck Hotel, the Aberdeen Active 20-30 Club awarded its coveted John Greer trophy to Dr. John Daly.
The trophy is awarded each year to the person who contributes most of to the club’s attainment of goals.
During Dr. Daly’s Activian career, he has served in virtually every capacity, including officer, project chairman and public speaker. He headed the 1963 Soap Box Derby committee and was chairman of the Sunshine Kids drive just completed. He and his wife, Ella Mae, have one daughter, Lisa, and live on Reynvaan Drive in Central Park.
December 29, 1963
Sunday, no newspaper published
25 years ago
December 27, 1988
The $10 million West Hoquiam truck bypass opens tomorrow and George Lonngren, the man who first conceived the project in the mid-1970s, will be on hand to cut the ribbon.
In fact, the Hoquiam City Council has named the 2 1/2-mile spur “Lonngren Pass,” in his honor and there are signs at either end to that effect. Officially, however, the road connecting State Route 101 with SR 109 will be called the State Route 109 Spur.
Trucks from the north headed to the ITT Rayonier sorting yard and sawmill will take the spur instead of traveling along Emerson and Perry Avenues and Lincoln Street.
December 28, 1988
As oil-soaked birds from a spill off Grays Harbor began to show up on Oregon beaches, the main seabird rescue operations on the Harbor moved from Hoquiam to Ocean Shores.
The move from Hoquiam Middle School to the Ocean Shores Convention Center will provide more room and could just about double the number of birds helped each day in the wake of last Friday’s spill.
December 29, 1988
• Hundreds of volunteers flocked to the new seabird first-aid center in Ocean Shores, hoping to save more birds left helpless in the wake of the oil spill off the Harbor last Friday.
Dozens more live but oil-coated birds were collected from the beaches as far south as Newport, Ore. and north into Jefferson County.
The total number of murres, grebes, loons, scoters and sea ducks being cared for has reached 1,500 while an estimated 600 have died, said Janis Gilbert of the state Department of Ecology.
• The Hoquiam Fire Department will have its own inflatable rescue boat by the end of the month. “It will be like the one Jacques Cousteau drives,” said Fire Chief Lance Talley.
“We want a boat that is mobile,” Talley said, “so we can carry it and put it where it’s needed.”
For instance, it could have been used last winter at a fire underneath Hoquiam Plywood. “It was high tide, “said the chief, “and we had to get underneath the mill to take a hose under. We had to borrow a boat.”
• Valley girls shook off the post-holiday blahs to trounce Adna, 51-24 in a non-league basketball game Wednesday night in Menlo.
Guard Lora Evertson paced the Vikings with 20 points. Shea Woodard picked off seven rebounds, freshman Tracy Thompson came up with six steals and Chari Clevenger handed out five assists.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.