75 years ago
February 24, 1939
• Cosmopolis school was closed today by an epidemic of mumps, while few cases of the ailment were reported in Aberdeen. About 35 cases were reported in Cosmopolis. It was explained by Dr. Swinehart that any child who has had mumps may continue in school if another member of the family suffers the ailment. Those in the family who have not had mumps, however, are barred from school if another member is taken down with the ailment.
• Five thousand shingles already have been signed by Grays Harbor people in the campaign to seek retention of the 25 percent import quota on Canadian shingles, Lee Matthews of the shingle weavers union said today. Each shingle bears a message to senators and congressmen urging them to have President Roosevelt issue an order continuing the quota.
February 25, 1939
• Mrs. Lucy Kelly of the Queets has sold her first novel, “From Skid Road to Skyline.” She is the wife of James Kelly, co-owner of the Green Shingle company mill on the lower Queets.
The story deals with logging in Grays Harbor County, from the ox team days to the present, and contains a moving romance.
• A weary, battered Hoquiam Grizzly wore a triumphant smile today but held new respect for a fighting Aberdeen Bobcat basketball team after winning out 25-23 last night on Miller court in a thrilling overtime game that kept a capacity crowd of 1,700 fans on edge.
Proving again that Aberdeen-Hoquiam athletic contests can never be judged on past performances, the Bobcats fought the Grizzlies to a standstill to make up for the 30-12 defeat received in the first game of the year.
50 years ago
February 24, 1964
Two new patrolmen are joining the Aberdeen Police Department, Chief Dave Auer announced today. They are Alan C. Marrs, 22, and Gerald Chancellor, 24. Marr’s worked at Grays Harbor Paper for two years and is a Marine Corps veteran. He is married and has two children.
Chancellor has been employed five years by Harbor Wholesale Company, is an Army veteran and attended Weatherwax High School and later college for two years. He is married and has one child.
February 25, 1964
A two-stage plywood plant employing a total of 200 workers is to be constructed this spring at Elma and Moclips, it was announced today. Plans call for construction of a veneer plant at Moclips and a plywood drying and gluing plant at Elma, according to Mark Renhard of McCleary.
The green veneer will be shipped by rail from Moclips to Elma. The plant will be capable of a monthly production of six million board feet, figured on an average basis of 3/8-inch plywood.
25 years ago
February 24, 1989
Tonight the Willapa Players will honor retired Judge Robert Hannan and his wife, Marie, by renaming their theater building the “Hannan Playhouse.” The Hannans were involved in the Willapa Players Theater from its humble beginning in 1955 when several people from South Bend and Raymond who liked to sing and enjoyed the theater got together to produce Victor Herbert’s operetta “The Red Mill” in the Raymond High School auditorium.
From 1958 to 1969 the group performed many plays and musicals in the building they leased on First Street in Raymond. The Hannans and Jim Watts then spent the spring and summer of 1969 raising funds and the present building was purchased and remodeled for the grand opening production of “Once Upon a Mattress.”
February 25, 1989
The handsome and historic Becker Building in downtown Aberdeen has lost a sign but is gaining a new business.
A crew from the Meyer Sign Co. removed the SWANEZE letter to make room for the sign that now advertises the Mazatlan Mexican restaurant that will open soon.
The SWANEZE sign was the biggest sign in town, weighing about 3 1/2 tons when it was installed in the late 1960s. “It was built by our crew,” said Del Giles of the Evans Sign Co., “and it took four people and two cranes to install it. That was a lot of weight there on that building all those years.”
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.