75 years ago
April 11, 1939
Aberdeen shoe stores and shoe repair shops this week joined with similar shops throughout the nation in the observation of Foot Health Week. Using the slogan, “This spring, walk with swing,” Harbor merchants were pointing out that to accomplish this end shoes must be properly made, properly fitted and, when necessary, properly repaired.
Shoe dealers pointed out that any woman, young or old, “can subtract years, if she walks with swing, head high, chest high, hips scooped under, arms blithely swinging, steps even and light — if her feet don’t hurt.
April 12, 1939
Sleepy grins greeted Coast Guard “rescuers” at 5 o’clock this morning when they succeeded in reaching the stranded Sea Scout cruiser Rotary and 31 “seafarers” who had spent the night bouncing in the surf on Sand Island in lower Grays Harbor.
The ship’s personnel included more than 20 women of the Triple Cities Business College who had spend yesterday on an outing in the lower bay and ashore at Lone Tree. The party had started out early in the morning in the 40-foot Rotary, taken a trip to the harbor entrance and was returning to Aberdeen when the coil and condenser on the boat’s motor burned out, leaving the engine disabled.
April 13, 1939
Mill whistles heralding resumption of operations at Mills W and R in Raymond and Mill L in South Bend, all units of the Willapa Harbor Lumber mills, greeted local residents this morning.
Striking Camp 1 loggers, meeting at the IWA hall on First Street last night, terminated the 10-day tie-up of the company’s camp and mill operations by a vote to accept a proposal offered yesterday morning by W.H. Turner, general manager. Turner’s proposal was that the loggers remove picket lines and go back to work while he and a committee of the men would “begin an orderly negotiation of the disputed matters which are subject to negotiations.” Turner pledged his personal integrity for a thorough study of a basis for a permanent peace in the operation.
50 years ago
April 11, 1964
Chief mouse killer at the Pacific County Courthouse this week was Miss Maureen Wood, secretary in the office of the Extension Service.
She showed courage she didn’t know she had when she heard a cry of distress from the County Health Department office down the hall.
A mouse or young rat was in a wastebasket there, frightening patients and raising Cain. Miss Wood grabbed the only weapon at hand, a broom.
She swept the mouse, wastebasket and all into the hallway and sent him to his happy cheese-hunting grounds with an undisclosed number of blows. She then took the mouse to Paul Wetterauer, maintenance supervisor, for final rites.
April 12, 1964
Sunday, no newspaper published
April 13, 1964
Not so long ago, there was a golf champion everybody liked. He won the big tournaments and did impossible things. Soon he was rich and famous. Then he didn’t win any big tournaments or do any impossible things for a while, and people said he didn’t know how to anymore. They said he was too rich, and besides he couldn’t putt like he used to.
“The question mark was as big in my mind as in anybody else’s when I stepped up to the first tee here,” Arnold Palmer said after he won his fourth Masters Golf Tournament over the Augusta National Course Sunday. He won $20,000 in prize money.
25 years ago
April 11, 1989
Four “Earth First!” demonstrators protesting log exports stood vigil at the ITT Rayonier dock in Hoquiam Monday and attracted three times that many members of the media.
A half dozen or more police officers were also on hand to watch the environmentalists hand out leaflets and hold up a banner.
The demonstration that had a lot of people talking last week because of fliers describing the possibility of civil disobedience and vandalism, turned out to be four young people peacefully spreading their message. Log exports mean the loss of sawmill jobs and acceleration of environmental damage, they say.
April 12, 1989
• The towering twin cranes that for years have stood rusting at the Port of Grays Harbor’s loading docks will be refurbished as part of a plan to attract new cargoes.
At the recommendation of Port Executive Director Cliff Muller, the Port Commission Tuesday voted to call for bids to get the cranes back in top shape — a job expected to cost at least $175,000.
• As Aberdeen’s leadoff batter, Jamie Steen is supposed to set the table, not clear it off.
But the junior shortstop knocked in five runs with three hits as the Bobcats resumed Black Hills League baseball competition with a 9-4 victory over Elma Tuesday at wind-swept Pioneer Park.
Tyson Godfrey remained unbeaten in three mound appearances as the Cats’ improved their record to 3-1 in league play.
“He’s been hitting the ball well for us all year,” Bobcat coach Ken Waite said of Steen. “What’s nice is some of the guys at the bottom of the order have been getting on, so he can get those ribbies.”
April 13, 1989
• Yesterday was Arbor Day and Quinault Lake students planted 11 tiny Douglas fir trees and then to their surprise and delight learned that each child would get to take home a two-year seedling to plant.
“It’s important to plant little trees so it keeps our place green,” explained first grader Robert Hartman.
“If we don’t, our forest will go away,” his classmate Marty Bryne said.
More than half of the class members said their parents have jobs working in the woods, in a mill or driving log trucks.
• Elma coach Bob Lambert called it “part good baseball, part track meet, part bad baseball.”
Whatever it was, it was also an Eagle victory. Ryan Jump and Cecil Whipple drove in three runs apiece as Elma took a slugfest from Shelton, 14-10, in the Black Hills League baseball game Wednesday.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom