75 years ago
January 27, 1939
Plans were complete today for dances and parties in Aberdeen to raise funds for the campaign against infantile paralysis and indications were that large crowds would attend all functions at which President Roosevelt’s birthday anniversary is to be celebrated.
Dances have been arranged for the Elks Temple, Moose Hall and Eagles Hall with a public party set for the Polish Club.
January 28, 1939
An empty place has been left in Grays Harbor sport circles with the passing of W.C. “Pop” Kidder. He’ll be missed on the golf links, from the fishing holes and a familiar figure will be absent at Grays Harbor sports contests. “Pop” was a true sport — in the best meaning of the term. He played hard but he played fairly. In sports in which he could no longer complete, he gave his loyal support and an intense enthusiasm. May he find good fishing and pleasant fairways in the sportmen’s Valhalla.
50 years ago
January 27, 1964
• Grays Harbor traffic remained snarled the worst in memory by torrents of unleashed water which converted roads to rivers and ripped open Highway 410 east of Central Park. The highway was blocked off at 4:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon when it was undermined by water. A half hour later, the south shoulder gave way in a huge slide that carried hundreds of tons of dirt down into the 70-foot-deep canyon.
• Car headlights aided the dramatic rescue at 9:45 o’clock last night of two fishermen whose craft lost headway in the afternoon and drifted into the Copalis Beach surf.
Beach residents and county deputy sheriffs participated in taking Walter Godfrey, 51, of Tokeland and Louis Sfondouris, 26 of Seattle, out of the surf after the Skookum had taken hours of pounding.
Deputy Sheriff Dave Pavletich and Don and Dewey Holcomb were among approximately 20 men who braved the surf to assist the pair.
January 28, 1964
A hapless caravan of cars and trucks joggled along unfamiliar detours over little-used roads as main routes between Aberdeen and Montesano remained closed by slides and high water.
Five pumps continued ‘round-the-clock operation to drain a 60-foot-deep pool on the north side of the slide on Highway 410. In addition, the old Olympic Highway, parallel to 410, remains closed because of a dangerous bridge and high water. Alternate routes are via the South Bank Road along the base of the Cosmopolis Hill and the Montesano Cutoff (Highway 107) by way of Highway 101.
25 years ago
January 27, 1989
“If you could fill the classrooms with teachers who are thrilled to teach, all the other problems would take care of themselves,” says Eric Vordahl, a popular math teacher at Miller Jr. High in Aberdeen.
“I love to teach. I have a ball. When I finally had a real ball in class was when I figured out they (the students) were people!” he says with a wild smile and a laugh.
Vordahl, a 17-year teaching veteran, hopes to pass on some of his enthusiasm and experience to first-year teacher Pam Caba, 22.
They are one of 12 sets of teachers in the Aberdeen School District teaming experienced “mentor” teachers together with beginning educators.
January 28, 1989
Around the table were men with mud on their jeans, men who get up before dawn and go home late after a day working around howling saws and crashing timber.
They’re not going without a fight, the group of Quinault Forest Service timber buyers and their employers told Congressman Al Swift who visited the Harbor Friday for meetings with several Harbor groups.
“This crisis (the spotted owl) is as big as I’ve seen in terms of economic impact,” Swift said.
Meantime Friday, the Mayr Bros. Logging Co. distributed a pamphlet to employees saying, “The next few weeks and months will decide whether Mayr Bros. will be here three years from now.”
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.