75 years ago
January 24, 1939
Grays Harbor Poggies entertain wives and friends tomorrow night at the Moose Hall in the annual “ladies night” show. Past Chief Poggie Harold Purdy will open the program with a short talk, “Our Club, Its Inception and Aims.” Miss Barbara Purdy will sing a solo and Paul Scheffer, biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will show five films, “Rain on the Plains,” “Duck Sickness,” “Muddy Waters,” “Why Save the Elk?” and “Why Moths Leave Home.”
January 25, 1939
The Central Park district, bordering the Olympic highway east of Aberdeen, witnessed the construction of more than a score of new houses in 1938. Many of them are unpainted, frame houses, built by small-scale farmers and mill and camp workers who expect someday to make them larger and increasingly attractive.
Many others, however, are well designed, staunchly built and compare favorably with the latest and most beautiful of the smaller or medium-sized homes of Grays Harbor.
Most of the Central Park new home owners, not so crowded for space as their city brethren, have landscaped their home sites on a scale generally more grand than is common inside city limits.
January 26, 1939
On the banks of the Chehalis River, just south of the E.C. Miller mill, a new 55 foot “tuna clipper” is nearing the planking stage. She is being built by Fay Taylor, his son, Floyd, and Clarence Erickson.
Her keel of Douglas fir was laid October 9. Planking will be of fir fastened to western oak ribs. When not under canvas the stout little schooner will run under an auxiliary of twin engines set in tandem to one propeller. Forward of her deck cabin will be a deep hold with a capacity of 60 tons of albacore.
50 years ago
January 24, 1964
Thanks to a near capacity crowd which enthusiastically applauded Rafael Mendez’ appearance with the Weatherwax High School Concert Band Wednesday night in Miller Auditorium, the band’s uniform purchase fund was pushed over the top.
This was announced today by Band Director Hampton Wines who said net profit from the concert was almost $300.
The band had paid for a total of 72 new uniforms at about $100 apiece. Most of the money was by means of two candy sales.
January 25, 1964
• The public is invited to inspect the J.M. Phillips Building, newest addition to the Weatherwax High School complex, during an open house, scheduled between noon and 6 o’clock tomorrow. The new building has 26 teaching stations and a pupil capacity of 728 students.
One of the special features of the building is the Lecture Hall which seats 154. This is equivalent to about 5 classes and can be used by several groups at a time. Another unique feature of the building is the use of solar grills which are placed 18 inches outward from the second and third floor windows and on some windows on the first floor. These provide for the use of natural light for classrooms without problems arising from glare.
• John Hannula, 70, well-known Aberdeen seafood dealer and Harbor resident for most of his life, died last night in a Seattle hospital.
In his younger years, he was active in baseball circles and played with the old Black Cats, semi-pro team. H was in the fish business for 40 years and for the past 35 years had owned and operated the Hannula Fish Co.
January 26, 1964
Sunday, no newspaper published
25 years ago
January 24, 1989
• Aberdeen High School’s Jazz Band took their practice period to the Seaport shipyard this morning and treated the crew to a rousing half-hour of foot-stomping music. Their performance was intended as a morale booster for the construction crew to get their day off to a good start on a winter morning in the finger-chilling cold, said executive director Tom Fisher.
As a thank-you, the 24 members and their director Mike Alstad, have been invited on board the Lady Washington this summer.
• Raymond moved a notch closer to its title clinching with a 60-32 victory at South Bend that high-lighted yesterday’s Pacific League girls’ basketball play.
“There’s not much we can do about their height or jumping ability,” South Bend coach Mike Morris said of the Seagulls.
Ronalda Dunn, 5-8 and a talented high jumper, led the winners with 19 while Katrina Moudy scored 14.
January 25, 1989
Capt. William Bray, an old salt whose resume is filled with voyages around the Pacific Rim, has accepted command of the tall ship Lady Washington for its 52-day maiden voyage in May.
The Historical Seaport Board approved his contract Tuesday. Bray, 58, and now living at Florence, Ore., will be paid $3,000 a month and be on board during April, May and June.
January 26, 1989
• Grays Harbor residents are invited to celebrate the Washington Centennial with a special concert of Northwest music by local recording artists, Glenn &Dotty Dorsch and family, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Glenn and Dotty started singing their original music together when they were only 18 by performing in coffee houses at Purdue University. They have traveled and lived all over the U.S. with Glenn working as an engineer and Dotty working as a teacher and mother.
Only in the last two years have they ventured back into the professional music world as their three children, Ian, Libby and Hilary have become old enough to actually become part of the show.
• The last birds, once covered with fuel oil, flew away yesterday and rescue crews began wrapping up operations at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, which served as the command post.
A handful of volunteers, many who have been there since the Dec. 22 oil spill off Grays Harbor in which an estimated 231,000 gallons of oil was spilled after a tug collided with a tanker during a storm, remained to clean the center yesterday.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.