World Gone By 3/13

75 years ago

March 12, 1939

Sunday, no newspaper published

March 13, 1939

With the remodeling of the building at Market and Broadway which the Whitney Olds company is converting into a modern car sales, display and repair plant, another chapter in the long and varied history of the structure unfolds.

Built before this country entered the war, the building has served as a public garage, a soldiers and sailors club, an American Legion hall and as headquarters of several business firms.

One dark night shortly after the war, when the structure was Aberdeen’s first American Legion hall, a man was seen placing something under a corner of the building. Accosted by a Legion member, he fled in the darkness.

Search revealed the large package of dynamite, a fuse burning brightly. Its finder rushed into the Legion hall with the deadly package in his arms, so excited, it was recalled today, that he neglected to extinguish the fuse. He burst into a group of Legionnaires, the smoking fuse and easily identified dynamite held before him. Someone quickly quenched the fuse and immediately a widespread hunt for the bomber started.

Despite the offer of several thousand dollars in reward the culprit was never located.

50 years ago

March 12, 1964

Bound for Oregon and California, a 200-foot barge carrying 56,000 barrels of gasoline and diesel oil in its tanks broke adrift yesterday, snapped a salvage hawer last night and drifted onto a sandy shoal between Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Pounding surf, 8 to 10 feet high and breaking, prevented the Coast Guard from getting lines aboard the barge at high tide today, and salvage attempts had to be called off to await calmer conditions.

The danger is that the barge might break up and loose her cargo, creating not only the possibility of fire but of extensive damage to clams and other marine life in the area.

March 13, 1964

North Beach clams still appeared to be safe as salvage preparations went forward this afternoon to pull a 260-foot barge loaded with fuel from its perch along the Moclips beach.

State Pollution Control Commission and Fisheries Department personnel were at the scene, anxiously hopeful the barge’s 2 million gallons of gasoline and oil would not be released to kill coastal marine life.

Though a petroleum odor is detected by those arriving on the beach, the big barge doesn’t appear to be leaking.

25 years ago

March 12, 1989

Sandra Pascoe of Hoquiam and William Tometich of Aberdeen were married Jan. 28 at Our Lady of Good Help Catholic Church in Hoquiam. The bride, a 1979 graduate of Hoquiam High school, graduated from Grays Harbor College in 1981 and works for the Aberdeen branch of Seattle First National Bank.

The groom, is a 1980 graduate of Weatherwax High School, graduated from Grays Harbor College in 1982 and from Oregon State University in 1985. He works for the Mason Timber Company as a forest engineer.

March 13, 1989

Some Grays Harbor law enforcement agencies are reaping sizable financial benefits from the drug war, using the spoils to purchase new guns, computers and even a police dog.

The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office alone stands to gain $178,000 this spring from a one-time cash seizure in a 1987 marijuana raid.

Multi-thousand-dollar checks began trickling into the Sheriff’s Office and Aberdeen and Hoquiam police departments last month from property seized in the 1988 raid of a sophisticated methamphetamine lab in Oakville. As the three sponsors of the countywide Drug Task Force which conducted the meth lab probe each department is likely to receive a windfall of $25,000.

Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.


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