75 years ago
December 6, 1938
The annual Methodist Legion bazaar will be held all day Thursday, beginning at 10 o’clock in the dining room of the church, entrance on I street. There will be booths of seeds, bulbs, shrubs, hand-made Chinese linens, dolls, cuddle-toys, woolen quilts, aprons, rugs and miscellaneous needlework as well a cooked foods, salads pastries, cakes and jellies. Hot doughnuts will be served with coffee.
Aberdeen High School gridders, champions of Southwest Washington conference, will be honored at a victory banquet Friday night at the Elks temple. A representative from Longview high school, league leader in 1937, will present the huge championship trophy to Coach Jud Graham and the players.
December 7, 1938
Children who were five years old on or before December 1 will be eligible for registration in Aberdeen School District’s kindergarten opening January 3, Superintendent Edward F. Bloom announced today. The kindergarten program will be launched at McDermoth school as a trial and has been so arranged as to be self-sustaining financially with funds for its operation coming from extra state and county attendance reimbursements, he said.
December 8, 1938
Development of a park extending from Wishkah to Heron streets along the bank of the Wishkah River was endorsed by the Aberdeen City Council last night when Mayor Herbert Horrocks authorized the finance committee and park board to negotiate for the land adjoining that tract willed to Aberdeen by K. Zelasko.
Attorney Jozef Zelasko, nephew of the donor of the park site, said the will does not limit in any way the development of the park but specifies the park perpetuate the name of Zelasko.
50 years ago
December 6, 1963
Aberdeen American Legion Post 5 held a memorial service for the late President John F. Kennedy at its Wednesday night meeting and heard Commander William Blaser describe Kennedy as “one of our own who will be missed by our nation and the world.”
December 7, 1963
The freighter C. Trader narrowly escaped disaster yesterday off Willapa Harbor after sailing from Raymond bound for Los Angeles with a cargo of 2,400,000 board feet of lumber. The freighter’s steering failed about 5 o’clock in the afternoon about eight miles southwest of the Willapa Harbor entrance buoy.
Three Coast Guard rescue vessels rushed to the scene from the Tokeland, Cape Disappointment and Grays Harbor lifeboat stations.
December 8, 1963
Sunday, no newspaper published
25 years ago
December 6, 1988
Too bad a photographer wasn’t on hand for the Aberdeen School Board meeting last night. It all started with Miller Junior High students and staff explaining the school’s Natural Helpers program and ended with a “hugging frenzy.”
Actually the exercise is called a hugging circle and it was the junior high students’ idea. When teacher’s union leader Joe LaBreck warmly hugged School Board President Jane Goldberg, he commented, smiling, that it wasn’t something he had ever expected to do.
December 7, 1988
A few lottery tickets from Dick’s Food Center in Raymond might make prime stocking stuffers this Christmas. After all three jackpot winner bought their tickets there.
Lois Betrozoff of Raymond split $1 million with George and Joenne Winkle of Grayland in the drawing on Dec. 12, 1987. On July 13, Delores Sowa won $3 million. And just last month, Frances Norman of Raymond bought her winning ticket for the $2 million jackpot at Dick’s.
December 8, 1988
A three-hour program of fight films and discussion is scheduled for tonight at the Aberdeen Eagles.
Featured will be films of Greg Haugen’s recent defense of his IBF lightweight title in Copenhagen against Gert Bo Jacobsen.
George Chemeres, Haugen’s advisor and former handler of many top-ranked fighters, has been working to line up a number of northwest ring celebrities for the program. Those expected to come include Eddie Cotton, Al Hostak, Harry (Kid) Matthews and possibly Sugar Ray Seales. A super-long stretch limousine is slated to arrive with the celebrities between 5:30 and 6 p.m.
A spaghetti dinner, prepared by Joe Tolomei, will start at 6.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.