75 years ago
December 4, 1938
Sunday, no newspaper published
December 5, 1938
Fallers and buckers will go back to work in Willapa Harbor Lumber Mills camps this week for the first time in more than a year. The men, who have been idle since November, 1937, because of a dispute over wages and working conditions, voted over the weekend to accept the mill management’s latest offer. The controversy resulted in closing all of the company’s operations several months ago, throwing 1,500 men out of work.
The new scale will pay 38 cents per thousand feet for fallers and 35 cents for buckers at camp No. 1, and 36 cents for fallers and 33 cents for buckers at camps 4 and 5.
50 years ago
December 4, 1963
Members of the Grays Harbor Hairdressers Association, Unit 6, met at Breck’s Restaurant in Cosmopolis last night for their annual Christmas party. Orpha McLaughlin was chairman, assisted by Beulah Caton. Gifts were exchanged and the president, Ruth West, presented each member with a corsage.
The Willapa Valley High School Vikings opened their 1963 basketball season last night with an easy 73 to 42 win over PeEll. Dale Birchall ran off with scoring honors for both teams by denting the net for 20 points.
25 years ago
December 4, 1988
The smell of freshly cut fir permeated the air with a familiar fragrance. Soon, it will be time to deck the halls and trim the trees.
Ed and Cindy Hedlund of Elma know about things like that. At the biennial National Christmas Tree Association contest in August, their 7-year-old 8-foot Douglas fir earned second place.
It’s not a bad start for a pair of newcomers to the industry. The Hedlunds have been in the Christmas tree business only eight years. And they are starting up a “choose and cut” business at their farm near Schafer State Park. Up until now, the specially-nutured trees have been marketed only to wholesalers along the West Coast, primarily in Reno, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salinas and Eastern Washington.
December 5, 1988
Thanksgiving dinner at the Taylors seemed routine. Cheryl Kirkpatrick Taylor prepared a meal of turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and vegetables, plus Jell-O salad. She ate small portions of the turkey and potatoes and “lots of cauliflower.” For the 20-year-old Aberdeen woman, however, this was no ordinary meal. It represented another small victory in an ongoing battle against the insidious eating disorders that forced her out of a state diving meet she might well have won, required frequent hospitalization and left her weighing a skeletal 68 pounds two years ago.
Now up to 95 pounds and recently hired as the Aberdeen High School diving coach, Taylor describers herself as in a “recovery state.”
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.