75 years ago
April 18, 1939
• With 1,200 acres of second growth aflame near Vesta in the North River district and 1,500 acres of reproduction and brush burning in other sections, Grays Harbor’s forest fire situation was definitely worse today.
The outbreak of forest fires the past three days is one of the earliest on record here, resulting from unusually dry April weather and high temperatures, Mr. Wedekind said.
• The Hoquiam City Council last night instructed the fire committee to call for bids on a new car for Fire Chief William E. Crawford to replace one wrecked in a collision last Saturday. City Attorney James P.H. Callahan ruled that a new car was a city emergency and because the cost would not be more than $500 the committee could call bids immediately without formal publication.
April 19, 1939
W.F. Vaughn, Aberdeen shingle weaver, suffered amputation of his left arm below the elbow following an accident today at the Robert Gray Shingle mill in Hoquiam. It was his first day on the job.
According to plant officials, Vaughn apparently fell into a bolter saw while working on the deck. It is believed his pick dislocked from a cedar block which he was holding near the saw.
April 20, 1939
The advent of television, long heralded as the beginning of a new American industry, was announced today by David Sarnoff, president of the Radio Corporation of America, in a television broadcast from the RCA exhibit building at the New York World’s Fair.
The television models on display ranged from an attachment which reproduces pictures only and which plugs into a radio set for sound to a large console type combination television and sound radio receiver employing a 12-inch kinescope tube.
Price of the television attachment will be about $175. Complete sets will be priced from $300 to $600.
50 years ago
April 18, 1964
Jim Boora, the finest halfmiler in Grays Harbor prep history, romped to a school record setting 1:57.1 time winning in a breeze to highlight Aberdeen’s 82 to 45 dual meet conquest of Olympia at Stevens Field yesterday. Aberdeen, unbeaten in over 3 1/2 years in dual meet competition, piled up nine first places in the 15 event program.
Hurdler Jim Due won the high hurdles in 15.6 seconds and clipped over the 180-yard low sticks in 21 flat. Sprinter John Easter, still unbeaten and unchallenged this spring, won the 100 by 3 yards in 10 seconds flat and the 220 in his best time of 22.6 seconds.
April 19, 1964
Sunday, no newspaper published
April 20, 1964
Bob Stuttesman, Aberdeen 15-year-old, took home the grand prize of a complete fishing outfit in yesterday’s Aberdeen VFW sponsored Kids’ Fishing Derby at Lake Aberdeen. Stuttesman caught the biggest fish, a 13 1/4-inch, 12 1/2-ounce trout to outfish 234 other entries in the popular fishing test.
Derby officials estimated that 75 percent of the kids limited with eight fish.
Winning the 8 and under division was Mark Carpenter of Aberdeen who received a fishing rod and reel for his 11 3/4-inch long fish.
25 years ago
April 18, 1989
• A Seaside, Ore. woman was hospitalized Monday after her car and a Burlington Northern train collided along South First Street in Montesano. She was treated at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, then released. Members of the train’s crew were uninjured and the locomotive apparently escaped damage.
• Montesano broke open a battle of unbeaten West Cowlitz League baseball teams with a late-inning scoring splurge yesterday and downed Rochester, 7-1. The Bulldogs, now 5-0 in the league and 7-0 overall, were at White Pass today.
April 19, 1989
The Phillip Morris Co. donated $10,000 to the tall ships project for economic development on Grays Harbor in a ceremony Tuesday at the capital in Olympia.
On Monday, a budget committee in the House of Representatives agreed to include $1.75 million in state funding for the project. The Senate must now concur.
This week alone, the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority has received $35,000 in donations, including the Phillip Morris contribution. Checks for $15,000 and $10,000 were4 received from anonymous donors.
April 20, 1989
It was a beautiful day for an adventure. And that’s what 250 Grays Harbor kids had one day last week. The fifth graders from Wishkah Valley School, Ocean Shores, Pacific Beach, Robert Gray, McDermoth and Stevens elementaries headed to Seattle to see the sights and a children’s play.
The play — “According to Coyote” was a one-animal show featuring actor David Whitehead at the Poncho Theater. The young man danced, pranced, sang and howled as he related five captivating stories about the beguiling beast of Native American legend.
The students from Robert Gray Elementary had an extra special time because their bus driver, Gloria Day, has given commercial tours in the Seattle area. She helped the students see the variety of the city from the waterfront and downtown areas, the lovely homes on Magnolia Hill and Pike Place Market.
One favorite attraction was the sculpture of people waiting for the bus on Fremont Avenue. The bus driver pointed out that the dog in the piece had the face of the mayor at that time because the artist got mad at him during the project.
“Some of the students saw a ferry for the first time,” said teacher Cindy Moore of Robert Gray. She said at least seven of her students had never been to Seattle before.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom