World Gone By 5/10

75 years ago

May 9, 1939

Concurring in an old saying to “practice what you preach” 11 members of the Grays Harbor Ministerial Association today donned carpenter’s aprons to work out a sermon in helpfulness. They are donating a day’s work in building an auditorium for the First Christian Church, First and L streets.

Many of the one-day carpenters, ministers for a great many years, said this is the first instance in their careers of a group of church pastors banding together to build a church for another denomination.

May 10, 1939

A three-day water carnival presenting formation swimming, strokes demonstration, life saving, log rolling and diving is planned for May 22-24 at the Miller Natatorium, swimming instructor John “Bus” Fairbairn announced today.

As but 300 seats will be available each night. Fairbairn expects an early rush for the reserved tickets.

May 11, 1939

Thirty Grays Harbor men were thrown out of work today in the closing of the port of Portland. That many had been dispatched from here to help work Portland’s booming shipping. Local longshore union officials said an additional gang of 12 men was dispatched to Longview yesterday because of a scarcity of longshoremen there, boosting the total to 20 Grays Harborites working the Longview wharves. Ten local men are working ships in Seattle.

50 years ago

May 9, 1964

About one out of every seven residents of Grays Harbor county is now receiving a monthly social security check, according to Arthur W. Kalkwarf, district manager for Aberdeen. Retired workers are the largest single group of beneficiaries in the county. There are 4,460 in this group and their old-age insurance benefits total $368,633 monthly.

May 10, 1964

Sunday, no newspaper published

May 11, 1964

Wood products donated by Twin Harbor firms arrived at Kodiak, Alaska Saturday afternoon as part of a 5,500-ton gift package from the Pacific Northwest.

The vessel Coastal Monarch received a rousing welcome from the townsfolk of Kodiak. State Forester Earl Plourde told the Associated Press at Kodiak that the half-million dollar cargo included enough lumber and plywood to build 1,000 minimum-sized houses.

25 years ago

May 9, 1989

• Like a cat getting its throat stroked, the engine in the tall ship Lady Washington purred softly to life Monday evening. A fresh breeze was blowing and the excitement was electric as the crowd pressed against the railing on the dock at the Historic Seaport in Aberdeen.

More than a thousand people came to see the tall ship depart on her maiden voyage.

“Cast her off!” Capt. Bill Bray called to his first mate, Jack Finney, as the 105-foot Lady Washington backed away from the dock and into the Chehalis.

The crowd cheered as she headed for the channel with a flotilla of small boats in her wake. Docked at Westport today for final carpentry work, she will spend the next two days in sea trials off the Harbor, then set sail for Seattle Thursday evening.

• A mysterious compound that features satanic slogans was built by teenagers who listen to “heavy metal” music and have read some books about the occult, Montesano police said Monday.

About a half-a-dozen teens are believed to have been “dabbling” in the occult, said Police Chief Bill Brookshire.

The compound was discovered in the woods north of town last week. Although there’s no evidence to suggest the Montesano boys were experimenting with advanced and truly sinister satanic rituals, Brookshire said some of the boys had killed birds and hung them from tires.

May 10, 1989

Things are picking up for Mort Gould, the county’s litter control officer. Slowly but surely, illegal dump sites are being cleaned up.

But there’s a long ways to go and two sites in particular cause him great concern.

One site in the Newskah Valley is perhaps the most flagrant dumping ground in the county. At the bottom of a 100-foot canyon are four cars, a mail box, a couple of dead dogs, a children’s swimming pools, pillows, a mattress and a mish-mash of other junk.

Meanwhile, on a gravelly stretch of the East Wishkah Road, garbage continues to pile up at a couple of selective sites. “Just in the last month, it’s really gotten bad,” Gould said. “They probably spend more in gas to get there than it would cost to dump it legally.”

May 11, 1989

• A concert pianist who is the new president of Cleveland State University was selected as this year’s Aberdeen High School’s Distinguished Alumnus.

John A. Flower, an Aberdeen native, has served as CSU president since last July and has received rave reviews for his work there already.

The 1939 Weatherwax grad will speak and perform Friday morning in the schools auditorium.

• A stiff southeast wind was beckoning and the open ocean waiting, but the tall ship Lady Washington remained tied to the dock in Westport Wednesday, its sea trials postponed again.

“We still have some things to do before we get under way,” said the vessel’s bearded captain, Bill Bray, as his crew and shipwrights scrambled around the deck. “We’ve got some problems with the electronics, and such.”

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom


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