75 years ago
February 17, 1939
Helen Marie Brennan, a diminutive Irish colleen with a quick and facile tongue, last night completely won a large audience, the judges’ favor and first place in the third annual Aberdeen Elks oratorical contest at finals staged at a public meeting in the Elks temple.
For her talking skill, Miss Brennan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brennan, received a prize of $25 and a free trip to the state Elks association’s convention this summer in Everett.
February 18, 1939
An abandoned coal mine, from which an aged Central Park resident took enough coal to heat his house for two years, has been rediscovered in the vicinity of Central Park by Robert Chamberlin, Weatherwax High School sophomore.
Though anxious to keep its location a secret, young Chamberlin guided a World reporter to the mine one day this week and helped him pick samples of what Dr. Gordon Alcorn, science teacher at the Grays Harbor Junior College, said is low grade coal.
50 years ago
February 17, 1964
Four more longshore gangs were authorized as of today in addition to the present allotment of 10 gangs on Grays Harbor, it was announced by officials of Local 24, International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union.
The extra gangs were requested following months of sustained high shipping volume on the Harbor. The gangs are to be made up basically from casual — distinct from permanent — longshoremen. There are about 8-10 men to a gang.
February 18, 1964
• Schools in Raymond closed Monday afternoon for the rest of the week because of the high influenza absence rate. Yesterday 214 students were absent out of a total enrollment of 1,031.
• Cost of repairing the 150-foot-long slide area on Highway 410 near Central Park has been estimated at $50,000 the State Highways Department disclosed today.
Reconstruction of the highway will probably require until late March or early April to complete. The highway has been out of commission for 3 1/2 weeks after tons of roadway-supporting fill material plunged into a deep ravine.
25 years ago
February 17, 1989
• She was a scrawny, pathetic little thing, this little neglected miniature poodle. Her hip bones stuck out and she had chewed most of the hair off her body because she itched so bad. She had sores on her back and her ears were covered with layers of dirt. She smelled pretty bad too. But PAWS volunteer Lois Cokely decided to take “Ragamuffin” home with her and begin the long process of turning a scroungy little dog into a healthy pet that someone will adopt. Cokely already has eight PAWS dogs at her rural Satsop home, not to mention her own two.
• Angela Rajcich, 8, has a healthy heart now, thanks to surgeries that corrected problems with her aorta when she was a month old and then again when she was 6, according to her mother, Barb Rajcich of Aberdeen.
This in National Heart Month and Angela, a third grader at A.J. West Elementary school in Aberdeen, has been chosen the first “heart child” of the Grays Harbor Chapter of the American Heart Association.
February 18, 1989
• Invitations to the March 7 launching of the tall ship Lady Washington were mailed this week while Seaport officials anxiously eyed their own mailbox, hoping for news of needed contributions.
The Historical Seaport, which is building the replica of Capt. Robert Grays’s ship as part of an economic development project, has only about $98,000 left in the bank. But more than $300,000 is needed to finish the $1.3 million vessel in time for its maiden voyage in May, according to financial statements and the 1989 budget.
• Five wrestlers from the Harbor are still alive in their bid for a state wrestling championship as Mat Classic I enters its final day at the Tacoma Dome. They are Chris Jensen and Sev Hoiness from Hoquiam High School, and David Graham, Jason Burbidge and Steve Persell from Elma.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.