75 years ago
January 8, 1939
Sunday, no newspaper published
January 9, 1939
• Neptune raged through his greatest rampage in years during the recent siege of storm and high tides.
Coast Guard observers said the sea smashed 10 outer bents of the Grays Harbor jetty tramway, strewed the beach with great quantities of drift, washed out a large section of the road from Westport to the ocean and isolated the fog signal and radio beacon station.
• Four weeks may lapse before the Wishkah Boulevard entrance can be declared safe and reopened to full time traffic, Street Superintendent J.C. Leitch said today following further surveys of the section where a slide several days ago blocked the roadway.
• Wholesale thefts of chickens on Grays Harbor for resale here, in Tacoma and other cities has been cleared up by the arrest of four persons charged with second degree burglary for the asserted robbery of a chicken house near Olympia last week. Aberdeen, Hoquiam, state and Thurston county authorities have worked on the case. They said confessions covered 150 chickens including many taken here locally in recent weeks.
50 years ago
January 8, 1964
• Lamb Grays Harbor Co., Inc., Hoquiam, today announced the awarding of a contract to Lamb Construction Co., Aberdeen for the erection of a $120,000 engineering building.
Employment the last six months has risen 10 percent at Lamb-Grays Harbor, President George Lamb said, adding that more will be hired when the new building is completed. “We are hiring some former Boeing personnel,” Lamb said.
• The Raymond Seagulls flew out of range of Montesano last night and handed the Beulldogs their first West Central League defeat, 67 to 52. Dennis Frizzell blasted in 23 points for Montesano while the Seagulls’ Vern Hoffer hit steadily in the first half to tally 15 of his 18-point game total. He was playing only the second game of the season after being out with a knee injury.
January 9, 1964
Old-timers are recalling the colorful waterfront scene at Aberdeen around the turn of the century, with the demolition of the last remaining building in an historic block on South F Street along the Wishkah River. The battered frame structure, located at 316 South F, is accompanied now only by vacant lots where blisterous sailors once left off steam by looking for booze, dancing girls and fist fights.
Some old-timers recall the building definitely as a tavern, but none remember its name for certain. In later years A. Gylfe operated a photography studio in the back of the structure. Residents may recall the large painted words “Photograph Gallery” on the side of the building.
Although the building may be linked with Billy Gohl, old-timers don’t believe it was one of his buildings. But perhaps some of his alleged victims, and Billy himself, were some-time visitors, they say.
25 years ago
January 8, 1989
• Instead of going to college after high school, Betty Jane Chapman joined the U.S. Air Force. One year later she was sent to the Da Nang Air Base in Vietnam. The year was 1967.
Twenty years later, Chapman, like many other veterans, still struggles with her memories of ‘Nam.
But now, a gesture of fellowship from other veterans has become a milestone in her healing process, she says.
She has accepted an invitation to be the first woman vet to join the Aberdeen Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 224. On Jan. 17 she will be officially initiated and welcomed as a member of the post by Commander Frank Collins.
• The Rev. Orville Jacobson has religiously taken care of his car, changing the oil every 2,500 to 3,000 miles and repainting the exterior five times in the past 23 years and 400,000 miles.
“It’s part of the family,” Jacobson said of his red 1966 Volvo. “You don’t trade it in. You keep it.”
Jacobson and members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Longview, where he is pastor, plan to celebrate the mileage mark with a cake Sunday. A mechanic who worked on the car when Jacobson lived in Ocean Shores is expected to attend the celebration.
January 9, 1989
Hard water and weak water pressure at the Ocean Shores Convention Center over the weekend made it difficult to wash oil-soaked birds, despite a glut of volunteers.
Only 55 birds were cleaned Sunday, compared to a daily goal of at least 100 in the wake of the Dec. 22 spill off Grays Harbor.
Initial figured from Sunday show volunteers collected 20 live birds and 109 dead ones, bringing the total to 2,844 live birds received at the center vs. 3,698 dead — 6,543 all together.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.