75 years ago
April 14, 1939
• A paid up mortgage on the Hoquiam First Methodist Church parsonage will be burned at a 6:30 dinner tonight. Rev. J. Homer Magee, who personally conducted a drive to raise funds to pay off the mortgage will light the mortgage while Lester W. Taft holds it.
• Nearly all of the baseball infield at the Hoquiam Olympic park has been laid by WPA workers. Sand and dirt will be mixed together for the baselines and from the pitcher’s box to home plate. Meanwhile, work is progressing on the third baseline bleachers which will seat several hundred people.
April 15, 1939
With 19 new names of the roster, Grays Harbor Golf and Country Club today boasts 160 playing members, more than at any time in the 26 years the club has been organized. Six names have been added to the junior membership list bringing that total to 14.
50 years ago
April 14, 1964
The apprehension of five Miller Junior High School students yesterday afternoon followed closely the latest of a series of phony bomb threats. An alert woman checker at Scott’s Market had noticed a boy was acting strangely around the phone booth. The youth and four pals, two of whom police had under surveilance in connection with earlier phone call scares, were taken into custoday and taken to the police station for questioning.
The quintet was taken to the juvenile detention home in Hoquiam and remained there today. It wasn’t indicated when they would go before juvenile court since the two presiding judges are in the midst of a superior court jury term.
April 15, 1964
• Rejection of the offered salmon prices from local buyers was voted again by the Westport unit of the West Coast Trollers Association at at special meeting this afternoon at the Westport Town Hall.
The fishermen are seeking 72 cents a pound for king salmon, 55 cents for medium fish and 40 cents for small. The buyers are reportedly offering 67 cents, 50 cents and 37 cents in the same categories.
• A cedar remanufacturing planing mill was to begin operation sometime this afternoon in the old Wilson Mill shipping plant beside the railroad tracks parallel to Wishkah Boulevard.
The mill, to be known as Ruskin Lumber Co., will employ 10 men, according to the firm’s president, Bert Schrader.
The operation will process between 50,000 and 100,000 board feet of cedar daiy in full operation. It will produce cedar studs, posts, fencing and other specialty items but no furniture.
25 years ago
April 14, 1989
Two errors on the same play brought in Tessa Timmons with the winning run in the eighth inning as Aberdeen rallied from a seven-run deficit to overhaul Hoquiam, 12-11, in the season’s first meeting of the trans-Myrtle Street softball rivals Thursday at Pioneer Park.
“They played a good ball game,” Bobcat coach Greg Pier said of the Grizzlies. “We played a good last three innings. We were real tentative in the first innings and weren’t talking to each other. Our girls showed a lot of character getting back into it after all the adversity we created for ourselves.”
First-year Grizzly coach Clare Vila thought the pressure inherent to any Aberdeen-Hoquiam contest might have affected her troops. “I’ve never had a pitching problem until today,” she said. “I’m not from this area … but I guess this Aberdeen-Hoquiam thing is bigger than I imagined.
April 15, 1989
• Aberdeen High School’s top Knowledge Bowl team is headed for the state tournament in Wenatchee Friday. All the team members — seniors Nathan Hile, Brian Crabb, R.J. Wessells and Narciz Samuy as well as junior Kelly Clay — have been involved in Knowledge Bowl since the seventh grade.
• The owner of a Hoquiam bar and grill says he wants to reintroduce topless dancing to the Harbor and might even offer mud wrestling as well.
Todd Haller Jr., owner of the Roundup Tavern on Lincoln Street, has begun filing the necessary paperwork with the State Liquor Control Board.
If successful, Haller would become the third person or group in slightly more than a year to try selling Harborites on commercial nudity. The other include the now-defunct Gold Rush, which operated a few months in Hoquiam, and a traveling troupe of male strippers who are to perform tonight in Ocean Shores.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom