World Gone By 3/8

75 years ago

March 7, 1939

Bounding into port this morning at the end of a long towline, the log barge Nisqually completed her 45th round trip from Oregon, 43 of them to Grays Harbor. Brought here 18 months ago for experimental hauling from the Columbia River and smaller ports along the Oregon coast, the big barge has now transported 26,000,000 feet of timber, most of it from Astoria. The bulk of the haul has been fir peeler stock consigned to a local plywood plant, although the Nisqually has hauled some spruce and hemlock.

March 8, 1939

A “happy hunting ground” for Grays Harbor shoppers with their eternal prey — bargains — generously provided, was planned last night by Aberdeen merchants and their employees at a mass meeting which established a series of extra value shopping days in Aberdeen stores.

Once each month this spring and summer, the merchants, through the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, will designate a certain day during which they will offer genuine bargains in every kind of merchandise. Thirty stores have already agreed to cooperate in the program.

March 9, 1939

• Operation of Aberdeen’s cooperative home for aged single men officially will start tonight at an open house in which the public may inspect the quarters and hear an explanation of how the home is maintained. The house located at 407 W. Wishkah will be a home for a dozen aged Harborites receiving state old age pensions.

• Donovan’s once large “fleet” of heavy draft horses is nearing the end. Death and new ownerships have separated the 21 mammoth truck animals pensioned to the pasture of the Watkins place in the Wishkah Valley several years ago when the Donovan No. 1 plant was closed. Old Nig is the latest to go. Still healthy and able, he was sold recently, leaving only seven of the stalwarts remaining in the pasture.

50 years ago

March 7, 1964

• Several million potential tourists from California and Arizona will receive a personal invitation this month to visit Washington and the entire northern vacation area, delivered by Gail Hannuk Gores of Aberdeen. Mrs. Gores will spend three weeks touring the Southwest as one of a group of six beauties representing the vacation areas of Alaska, Western Canada, Minnesota and the Pacific Northwest states. The “Fly North” promotion is sponsored by Western Air Lines.

Mrs. Gores, Miss Washington of 1961, was selected by Western Air Lines for her musical ability and personality, “typical of Washington’s warm hospitality to visitors,” said Neil Stewart, the airlines district sales manager.

• They used everything but Banks guards to try and stop incredible Rick Slettedahl last night as the tiny floor leader put on a dazzling 32-point performance to lead the Elma Eagles to a 61-52 victory over Mount Si in Tacoma.

The impressive win brought the colorful, speedy Eagles to within one game of their first State Class A basketball championship in school history.

March 8, 1964

Sunday, no newspaper published

March 9, 1964

With the little colonel Ricky Slettedahl at the controls, the Elma Express roared over Medical Lake 75 to 66 in Tacoma Saturday before an appreciative audience of 6,500 fans as the Harbor entry won the State Class A basketball championship in convincing fashion.

Not since 1942 when the Elmer Huhta-coached Hoquiamites grabbed the state basketball crown (when there was only one classification) has the Harbor claimed a state championship basketball team. So it was easy to understand why the Elma rooters went mildly berserk when co-captains Slettedahl and Pat Murphy were handed the big gold basketball trophy.

25 years ago

March 7, 1989

It was a lot drier than “L.A. Law” or “People’s Court.”

But many Harbor high school students had the rare opportunity Monday to observe The Washington State Supreme court in session yesterday in Aberdeen.

They witnessed the “court of last resort” at its makeshift courtroom in the Bishop Center at Grays Harbor College. The High Court has been traveling for about four years while its home quarters, the 70-year-old Temple of Justice in Olympia, is being remodeled to make it earthquake proof.

“I wish they had more arguments,” said Frank Majeski, 17 and a student in Bob Houbregs’ class. “I wish they had witnesses like in ‘Night Court.’ ”

March 8, 1989

• They came early and stayed late and when the Lady Washington slipped into the Chehalis River and swung around for a majestic broadside view, thousands got what they came for.

The crowd of 4,000 or so spilled out of the bleachers lining the launch ways, up and over a pile of logs along one side and down the Chehalis River bank east of the launch site. The river bank was mostly the domain of families and kids let out of school for the launch.

• After a rousing baptism, the tall ship Lady Washington was bobbing quietly at dockside on the Wishkah River. Not so for her crew, which has only 41 days to complete the vessel in time for sea trials.

The challenge facing the 21-member crew is grueling, said Richard Miles, the lead shipwright. They must erect the masts and unravel six miles of rigging for the sails if the maiden voyage to Puget Sound ports is to begin May 8.

March 9, 1989

• Elma’s debut in state tourney girls’ basketball play was a good one last night at the Tacoma Dome — for one half.

But Woodway’s feisty Warriors jetted away from the Eagles after the intermission and took a 71-53 decision in the final first-round game of the state AA girls’ basketball tournament. Elma coach Chuck Boyer summed it up in a nutshell afterward. “Their tenacious defense wore us down and we were unable to meet their intensity.”

• The Cat Ladies paid a heavy initiation fee Wednesday in Tacoma in their first-ever state AA girls’ basketball tournament. Two-time defending state champion Bainbridge dropped Aberdeen into the losers’ bracket with a 55-38 first round victory at the Tacoma Dome.

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


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