75 years ago
December 2, 1938
Joe Kanick of Raymond worked in shingle mills for many years. He knew the indignity of being torn from his slumbering by the raucous bellow of the early morning whistle, the pricking goad of the whistle that started the machinery whirring, the subtle insult of the short blast that marked the lunch hour and the grudging whine that terminated the day. “When I build my shingle mill there won’t be any whistle in it,” he was often heard to say.
The other day Joe Kanick began to assemble equipment for a new mill. You guessed it — the first thing he acquired was a shiny brass whistle.
December 3, 1938
Site of Aberdeen’s first house and the old Benn pear orchard on the bank of the Wishkah River at the west approach to the Wishkah Street Bridge will be dedicated to the citizens of Aberdeen for park purposes under terms of the will of K. Zelasko, prominent pioneer who died unexpectedly this week.
50 years ago
December 2, 1963
• Dense coastal undergrowth hampered the official party which Saturday reached the burned 160 Cessna aircraft in which two related couples apparently met death on Labor Day. The skeletal remains of four people were found in the charred interior at the site about a third of a mile east of Copalis Rocks.
• University of Washington officials say there will be no Rose Bowl tickets available for sale to the general public. There are about 48,000 Husky season ticket holders, and they will have first priority to the tickets to the game against Illinois on New Year’s Day in Pasadena.
December 3, 1963
• An exhaustive FBI report nearly ready for the White House will indicate that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone and unaided assassin of President Kennedy, government sources said today.
• After returning from a Portland Boys’ Club refereeing engagement, Bill Loomis is highly enthused about starting a Boys’ Club in Aberdeen for young men wishing to work out regularly and learn the art of boxing. Bill feels the Harbor is in dire need or “a place for a young fellow to work out punching a bag, skipping rope and do a little boxing.”
25 years ago
December 2, 1988
But for a seat belt, the owner of a new sports car probably wouldn’t have been there to watch it lifted some 80 feet out of Willaby Creek off South Shore Road Thursday afternoon.”I feel like I’m blessed, said Pat Gilroy, 34. “There ain’t no luck about it. It was a miracle, that’s what it was.”
Gilroy had been heading south on the South Shore Road sometime after midnight when he apparently fell asleep. The car failed to negotiate the turn at the Willaby Creek Bridge and careened about 400 feet through the forest, becoming airborne in the tall trees before landing in the middle of the creek. Shaved bark on the trees shows how tight the squeeze was.
December 3, 1988
• Christmas caroling, cocoa, coffee and cookies will all be part of the tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., Sunday at the Central Park Fire Station. The Central Park Lioness Club has worked for a year to raise the nearly $2,000 needed for lights and industrial-strength wire for the 85-foot tree, as well as the PUD pole and hookup.
• The pitch black darkness of winter, was broken by the subdued glow of candles and the buzzing of the holiday-eager crowd of people last night in Montesano. Small white lights traced the outline of downtown buildings, and brown-papered bag luminaries line the walks.
The big event was the second annual Festival of Lights.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.