World Gone By 6/10

75 years ago

June 8, 1939

Katharine Hepburn, the actress, disclosed today she chased a burglar from her town house when he awakened her from a nap Monday evening. Her shout “What the hell are you doing there?” so unnerved the man, she said, he dropped a pearl necklace and a heavily-loaded jewel case and fled.

Miss Hepburn took after him with her flowing dressing gown clutched in her hands.

June 9, 1939

Aberdeen’s newest business partnership whose members are believed to be the city’s youngest entrepreneurs, will start operating tomorrow morning when Charles Firth, 17, and Jean Hartwell, 18, open their new fountain lunch next door to the Weir Theater on Heron Street.

They will serve fountain dishes and lunches and plan to stay open late “to catch the theater trade.”

June 10, 1939

Three hundred men will be given jobs Monday when the Clemons branch of the Weyerhaeuser Company resumes logging operations. Bunk houses and mess halls vacant for one and one-half years, will be jammed with loggers, and there is some hope, Manager Frank Byles said, that more men can be given work later if log market conditions pick up.

The firm will operate one side each at camps No. 2 and 3, he said.

50 years ago

June 8, 1964

Because of his occupation, you might think the natural nickname for W. Bill Hinrichs of Daniels Street in Aberdeen, would be “Wild Bill.” He’s a steeplejack, the only one in Aberdeen.

But, in fact, Hinrichs doesn’t consider his work unnerving. “My wife, Alice, thinks it’s all right. She climbs towers herself. She climbed a 137-foot tower in Wapato just to see what it was like.”

He has painted the flagpole atop the Smith Tower in Seattle, repaired and/or painted towers, burners and stacks on the Harbor, including the KXRO radio tower and most recently screwed a globe atop a new flagpole at Western Washington State College in Bellingham.

The only time he’s been hurt on the job? A fellow steeplejack dropped a spray gun on his head. Hinrichs was standing on the ground!

June 9, 1964

• Piling is being driven on cleared property on Sumner Avenue between Conger and Martin streets where the Grays Harbor Medical Dental Center will be built and occupied by nine Hoquiam and Aberdeen doctors before 1965. The center will house the offices of Doctors Korvell, Pollock, Fulton, Vegh, Hakala, Vandenberg, Prichard, Weiner and Partlow.

• Lamb-Grays Harbor Co., Inc., Hoquiam is moving immediately into its new two-story engineering offices and Victor Hanson, executive of the firm and his wife Monday will move also — to Hawaii. Hanson marked the occasion of his leaving Lamb-Grays Harbor after 47 years by snipping a ribbon Monday at a ceremony for the expansion. Many of his long-time associates, including Lester Hart who started as an apprentice with the firm in 1907 and President and Mrs. George Lamb.

June 10, 1964

• Montesano High School has hired two new coaches to round out its coaching staff for next year. Superintendent Carl Snyder announced following last night’s school board meeting.

Jim Castleberry, 23-year-old ex-Richland athlete who served as a freshman coach at Raymond this past year, was named head basketball mentor, succeeding Aldo Anderson, who resigned 6 weeks ago.

Sherman Koulon, 23 of Seatle, was named wrestling and track coach in the county seat school.

• Duane Dewees Motors, 701 W. Wishkah, is advertising the 1964 Datsun pickup for $1,696 with 4 1/2 percent bank terms.

25 years ago

June 8, 1989

Drugs and alcohol were two foes Bob Hayes couldn’t outrun.

The 1964 Olympic sprint champion and all-pro receiver for the Dallas Cowboys served a 10-month prison term in 1977 for cocaine delivery. Now, 46, the one-time “world’s fastest human” is reconstructing his life in slow strides. He spoke Wednesday at an open house at the Grays Harbor Community Hospital East Campus.

Hayes had no difficulty singling out his career highlight. It was the 100-meter dash gold medal he won in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo in then world-record matching time of 10.0. His idol, legendary Olympic champion Jesse Owens, sat with Hayes’ wife and mother as Bob accepted the 100-meter gold medal.

June 9, 1989

They didn’t have instant oatmeal on the “real” wagon trains. Or a special wagon for the portable potties. But then those early pioneers didn’t have to contend with gravel trucks and motorcycles either.

The Centennial Pacific Wagon Train began its 80-mile journey from Ocean Shores to Lacey Thursday morning with a contingent of more than 40 riders and five wagons.

On June 17, there could be as many as 5,000 horses and riders parading in Lacey as the five wagon trains converge for a grand Centennial finale.

June 10, 1989

When English teacher Ruth Gavareski retires at the end of this school year, she will break up a familial threesome — a sort of poetic triad in the Aberdeen School District.

Mrs. Gavareski, her daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Michael Bennett, all teach English at Weatherwax High School.

But after 33 years of teaching, including 29 in the Aberdeen School District — 22 of that at the high school — Mrs. Gavareski, 66, is cleaning out her classroom and sorting through decades of files.

In her letter of resignation, she quoted Charles Dickens’ introduction to “A Tale of Two Cities” —

“It was the best of times,

It was the worst of times,

It was the age of wisdom,

It was the age of foolishness.”

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom


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