75 years ago
June 13, 1939
Connie Mack, 76, emerged today from baseball’s 100th anniversary celebration as the grandest character in the game.
The 10 other living members of the Hall of Fame who attended the 100th birthday party for the game Abner Doubleday conceived way back in 1939, paid their respects to Mack, who for 38 years has been managing the Athletics and has won nine pennants and five world’s championships.
The other 10 were Honus Wagner, the “Flying Dutchman,” called by many the greatest ball player of all time; Ty Cobb, the Georgia peach; Tris Speaker, the gray eagle of the outfield; Walter Johnson, the Big Train of the pitching mound; Larry Lajoie, the natural hitter; Eddie Collins, the ball player’s ball player; George Sisler, who smashed out 257 hits in one season; Cy Young, who won 511 games; Grover Cleveland Alexander, with the buggy whip arm and Babe Ruth, the greatest of all sluggers.
June 14, 1939
With band music, marching by the Elks patrol, traditional flag ceremonies by the naval reserve, speeches by a leading educator and prominent Harborites and patriotic vocal and instrumental selections by Harbor artists, Aberdeen tonight will pay homage to the Stars and Stripes at a Flag Day program in the Elks temple sponsored by the Aberdeen lodge.
June 15, 1939
• Grays Harbor people for years have heard legends of Paul Bunyan. Tonight they will have an opportunity to see the mammoth woodsman and his blue ox, Babe. They will be introduced officially following a parade through the Hoquiam business district starting at 8 o’clock.
The Odorous Odor of Blue Bulls, the Hoquiam Elks hill billy band, Elks in their purple derbies and the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ junior drum and bugle corps also will participate in the festivities.
• Elmer Ramiskey, seventh grade student at Washington school, won two first places Saturday in a grade-school swim meet at the Miller Natatorium. He won the free-style and back stroke races.
50 years ago
June 13, 1964
Establishment of a 36-acre industrial site on the west shore at the mouth of the Hoquiam River across from Rayonier, is being advanced to the people by the Grays Harbor Port District.
Port commissioners regard themselves as merely godfathers to the project where land would be made available to private firms for establishment of mills and businesses. It is ideally located near the Chehalis River and convenient to rail and truck transportation.
June 14, 1964
Sunday, no newspaper published
June 15, 1964
Swanson grocery store is advertising large glazed or sugared donuts for 5¢ each, 3 pounds of ground beef for $1, Swift’s Premium bacon for 49¢ a pound, a 2-lb. can of Yuban coffee for $1.49 and Swanson’s TV dinners for 49¢.
25 years ago
June 13, 1989
Hoquiam Mayor Phyllis Shrauger ends a 27-year teaching career at 11 a.m. tomorrow. “I’m counting the hours,” she said at Monday’s council session, “and I’ve got my kids counting the hours, too.”
“When the man who’s superintendent used to be one of your students, you know it’s time to retire,” she said Monday. “She has made an impact on a great many students,” said Superintendent Stan Pinnick. “She will be missed.”
June 14, 1989
• Aberdeen teacher George Eaton only requires that his students learn three things: follow directions, finish their work and have good manners.
If the 23 Central Park fifth graders’ presentation to their retiring teacher Tuesday was any indication, they’ve learned their lessons well — plus a few more. The class presented Easton — who is retiring after 30 years of teaching — with a quilt thy had made secretly after school.
A room mother, Nancy Lachel, whose son Cyril is in Eaton’s class, organized the project. She sent indelible fabric crayons home with the students. When they completed their drawing, she used a hot iron to transfer each picture onto a white fabric square, then sewed the squares together. The children then came in small groups to her house to design the back and border.
• Vern Spatz, an accountant for the City of Aberdeen, is the second candidate to announce the intention of running for county auditor, a post that becomes vacant with Phyllis Piercey’s resignation in August.
The other candidate is Barbara Lambert Lester, of Montesano. The job will pay $38,988 in 1990.
June 15, 1989
• Nancy Mullins sleeps most of the time now. Morphine drips into her veins through a needle in her arm to control the pain.
At 51, Mrs. Mullins, a mother, grandmother and former school secretary, is in the final stage of her year-long battle with cancer. Radiation therapy was terminated in April.
Her daughter, Denise Johnstone, wrote to The Daily World because she wanted her mother to receive recognition for her spirit, determination and her work for the American Cancer Society.
Though she could barely walk, Mrs. Mullins last month went door to door in the Quinault area to raise money during the Cancer Crusade, Mrs. Johnstone wrote.
Amazingly, in two days she raised $1,100. Her mission was to let people know that the Cancer Society is there to help people and had helped defray some of her expenses.
Mrs. Mullins received recognition for her efforts last night from the state executive board of the Cancer Society. The president of the society, Dr. Ian Thompson, called the family at home to tell them she had been given a “courage award” at the meeting and a special plaque will be sent to the family.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom