75 years ago
April 4, 1939
• Logging operations at Camps 1 and 4 of the Willapa Harbor Lumber Mills were interrupted this morning by a strike called upon vote of the crew of Camp 1 last night.
The strike followed refusal of the company management to discharge a head bull bucker, despite repeated complaints of the men that he “has made working conditions unbearable.”
• With arrival of the tanker Camden, set for tonight or tomorrow, Grays Harbor will have a fleet of at least eight vessels on berth before mid-April. The Norwegian motorship Villanger will be here Thursday to load for the continent, while the same day the coaster Davenport will be in to work lumber for California. The Calmer line has two vessels booked for the next 10 days. The Cadaretta has been booked for April 14 while the tanker La Purisima will arrive on or about the 15th.
April 5, 1939
• George Sellers, 31, loader for the White Star logging operations, died last night of injuries suffered in a woods accident while his mother, Mrs. Henry Sellers, lay so seriously ill at the Hoquiam General Hospital that she could not be informed immediately of the accident.
Mr. Sellers suffered crushed legs and internal injuries while helping unload a truck at the company operations north of Whites.
• Operations of the Willapa Harbor Lumber Mills in Raymond and South Bend were at a standstill today, the firm’s logging camps were down and ship loading ceased on the waterfront as striking loggers of Camp 1 established picket lines.
More than 1,200 men were affected.
April 6, 1939
Grays Harbor’s first tuna cannery combined with a new shore pilchard reduction plant, an investment of more than $80,000, will be under construction within the next few days, G.L. Barney of the Olympus Pacing Company, announced today.
Site for the new outfit is located in the new Hoquiam industrial area west of the Blagen Lumber Mill. When in operation the plant will employ around 85 men and women.
50 years ago
April 4, 1964
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Reiner have recently returned from two weeks in Japan. They traveled by jet plane with a group of 29 Honda dealers on a Honda factory tour.
Tokyo, now the biggest city in the world with over 10 million people, they found bursting at its seams, with activity for the coming October Olympics proceeding at a feverish pace. They found Hokone especially interesting. It is a high area near Mt. Fuji and is well-known for its hot springs and as a famous holiday resort. Nara and Kyoto, more symbolic of the “old Japan,” offered fascinating sightseeing. The Great Buddha there is the largest in the world — his thumbs alone are nearly five feet long.
April 5, 1964
Sunday, no newspaper published
April 6, 1964
Elks, wives and friends are invited to an open meeting tomorrow night to witness the installation of new officers of the Hoquiam Lodge. District Dep. Leslie Spangler will install the following: Harold Anderson, exalted ruler; F.W. McGuire, leading knight; George Cummings, lecturing knight; Tighe Miller, secretary; Basil Sandstrom, treasurer and a new board of trustee member, Fred Rosenweig.
25 years ago
April 4, 1989
Gasoline prices on the Harbor have been on the increase for more than a month, and several service station owners and distributors say they believe oil companies are using the Alaskan oil spill as an excuse to boost prices even more.
Regular gasoline was selling for 99.9 cents per gallon at the self-service pumps this morning, while regular unleaded fuel was priced at $1.02.9 per gallon.
Dick Houghton of Houghton Distributing Inc. in Aberdeen noted that gas has gone up 15 cents since Jan. 1 and diesel has jumped 27 cents since them. The price of gas is up 3 cents a gallon since Monday, he said.
April 5, 1989
Ronalda Dunn, the all-around standout on Raymond’s state championship team, was named to the girls’ Class B all-state basketball team, as selected by the Washington Sportswriters Association.
Dunn, a junior forward, was the leading vote-getter on the girls’ Class B team. Her senior teammate, Katrina Moudy, was a second team selection.
The 5-8 Dunn averaged 19.3 points per game during the regular season in becoming the first-ever Raymond junior to join the 1,000 career point club.
April 6, 1989
It’s cheap, it works and it makes everybody happy — especially hungry black bears emerging from hibernation.
That’s the consensus of more than 40 timber and wildlife representatives who came to the Harbor earlier this week to start a program aimed at halting the animal’s devastating bark-stripping foraging on valuable timber.
Central Park’s Ralph Flowers started the bear feeding program five years ago. He researched and developed it as former animal damage control supervisor for the Washington forest Protections Association.
The former hunter has come to value his prey as a wildlife resource after watching the number of bears in the state decrease dramatically.
The feed is large, crumbly pellets resembling dog food, but with the strong, sweet odor of fermented fruit. It’s a mixture of sweet fruit, vegetables and minerals.
“It works, it’s cost effective and it’s within the realm of forestry management,” said Byron Rickert, district forester for Weyerhaeuser in Longview. “We had up to 60 percent of our timber damaged, and we immediately saw a 90 to 100 percent improvement after implementing the feeding program,” he said.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom