75 years ago
February 19, 1939
Sunday, no newspaper published
February 20, 1939
The D&R Theatre is showing “Tail Spin” starring Alice Faye and Constance Kelly as well as “Mr Moto’s Last Warning” with Peter Lorre; The Weir is showing “Thanks for the Memory” with Bob Hope and Shirley Ross while the 7th Street is featuring “Paris Honeymoon” with Bing Crosby. The Bijou has “Young Dr. Kildare” while the Hoquiam Theater is showing Robert Donat and Rosalind Russell in “The Citadel” and Joe E. Brown in “Flirting with Fate.” At the Warner Brothers, Gary Cooper and Merle Oberon are appearing in “The Cowboy and the Lady.”
50 years ago
February 19, 1964
• The new Walt Failor’s sporting goods store and restaurant, already busy with patrons since actually opening its doors some weeks ago, plans an official grand opening tomorrow and Friday.
The new Failor’s is at the corner of Broadway and Heron in the central downtown business district. The structure has been renamed the Failor Electric Building.
Walt and Hazel Failor will be host and hostess for the grand opening and they invite everyone to visit the store, enjoy a cup of coffee or ice cream cone.
• Not many local women have the problem of owning too many pearls.
Stella Allen of Raymond probably does. Monday afternoon as she was casually grading fresh oysters at the Coast Oyster Co. plant in South Bend, she found 119 pearls in one oyster.
She said it’s the most she has ever found in one oyster in 15 years of work. Her co-workers, Eleanor Christman and Lynn Jacobson of Bay Center and Willeta Bair, Audrey Gacek and Pete Lapinski of Raymond agree with her.February 20, 1964
Mrs. Mae Granger, Aberdeen, S.D., yesterday made a promised visit to Aberdeen, Wash. She was accompanied by her sister Mrs. Beatrice Deniger of Missoula, Mont.
Mrs. Granger had met Mayor and Mrs. Walt Failor last summer when the Failors attended the city wide fete at Aberdeen, S.D. in honor of the Fischer quintuplets.
At that time, she approached the Failors on the distinguished visitor platform and told them that she would visit here early this year.
Mrs. Granger and Mrs. Deniger went out to Westport where they were entertained by Mrs. Leta Caldwell. The two elderly sisters hunted sand dollars along the beach.
25 years ago
February 19, 1989
The Satsop Fire Department has 20 active members, but none is more important than its one honorary member.
Eighty-year-old Charlie Borden has never answered the fire bell, but nonetheless he is considered a member of the small department in Grays Harbor County Fire Protection District No. 5.
If not for him, the Upper Satsop wouldn’t even have a fire station. It was “Uncle Charlie” Borden who donated 15,000 square feet of land on which the two-berth fire hall recently was constructed.
Borden, who never married nor had children of his own, worked for Schafer Brothers, firing the steam donkey. In 1942 he joined ITT Rayonier at the wood mill and remained with there until his retirement in 1973.
February 20, 1989
• Gail Christensen of Ocean Shores saw her score stand up through the final weekend of bowling Sunday in the Grays Harbor County Women’s Bowling Tournament at Ocean Shores. Her nine-game total of 1,622 pins netted her the all-events scratch crown.
• Raymond survived a stormy second half of regulation to put away stubborn Oakville in overtime, 70-65, to stay alive in the Southwest Washignton District Class B Boys’ basketball tournament Saturday in Centralia.
Mike Allton and Ron Nichols shared Raymond scoring honors with 14 points. Rolf Olsen expressed pleasure with the play of several of his reserves, but concern over the Gulls’ court decorum.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.