75 years ago
January 29, 1939
Sunday, no newspaper published
January 30, 1939
Higher wages, higher log prices, more rigid log scales, stricter taxation, failure of mills to utilize their by-products and need of better cooperation between workers, millmen and loggers are the main factors in the comparative stagnation of Grays Harbor lumber industry, a committee of fact-finders told the county commissioners at Montesano this morning.
They said is effect that Harbor wages are considerably higher than the Northwest average, much higher than Oregon where wages run from 42 1/2 cents an hour to 62 1/2 cents, with gyppo loggers paying from 25 to 45 cents. They said that Harbor log prices average from $2 to $3 more than elsewhere and that Harbor scaling is more rigid than practices elsewhere.
50 years ago
January 29, 1964
• The traffic-stopping Highway 410 slide area will be spanned as quickly as possible with a portable Bailey Bridge, District Engineer Ralph Kerslake announced today. He said the bridge will be installed right next to the north side of the slide weakened highway, is expected to be 160 feet long and permit two lanes of traffic.
A Bailey bridge is the same type the Army Corps of Engineers used to span rivers during World War II.
• The date on the lintel says MCMIV (1904). The old red brick looks like it. The stairs creak like it. The musty odor of age smells like it.
After all, the Aberdeen City Hall is 60 rain-sodden, much-used years old. Actually much of it is a converted horse barn, which a great many people will not know, or remember.
Mayor Walt Failor’s Citizens Advisory Committee got an eyeful, earful and an olfactory tour this morning as they prepare to study and make recommendations for a new facility.
January 30, 1964
• The city of Raymond and its surrounding area needs at least two more doctors and a dentist. There is now only one doctor in the area for each 2,500 in population, but the U.S. Public Health Service recommends one doctor for every 890 persons. There is only one dentist for each 3,000 persons but the Health Service recommends one for every 1,000.
• Alan Ladd, who realized a dream of riding in a limousine through the same movie studio gate where he once had to punch a time clock, is dead at 50. The 5-foot-6 star, who walked tall as a movie star for 23 years, at one time received 20,000 fan letters a month and employed eight secretaries to answer them.
25 years ago
January 29, 1989
On A.J. West School’s 75th birthday Saturday, the old-timers remembered recess, favorite teachers and mean principals. This year’s student body officers served the guests a turkey dinner and second and third graders sang some Washington State-oriented numbers including “Roll On Columbia” and “Dig a Geoduck.”
John Hughes, Editor of The Daily World, attended the school from 1948 to 1955. He remembered he was put on “double secret probation and had the fear of God instilled in him” after riding his bike on the playground. “If I became a repeat offender, I would lose my commission as a lieutenant of the safety patrol,” he wrote on one of the sheets of paper that festooned a wall so former students and teachers could write down their memories.
Doris Backholm, Kathryn Trew Bailey and others recalled the many hours spent playing hopscotch. They agreed that the best “man” — their name for a marker — was a small chain or bit of glass.
January 30, 1989
Charles W. “Chuck” Keinath, 60, a decorated Korean War veteran who had been an advertising man and personnel director, suffered a heart attack at his Lake Quinault summer home Saturday and died en route to a local hospital. The former Marine was wounded in action in Korea and received the Purple Heart and the Korean Ambassador Medal.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.