75 years ago
June 16, 1939
Six thousand acres of slashings and logging debris will go up in smoke within the next three years in the Clemons works south of Melbourne, O.B. Wedekind district fire warden, announced today.
Preparing the area for the big conflagration is a crew of 10 University of Washington forestry students, who are obtaining practical field experience building fire trails and roads. They went into the woods Monday with their their bedding, calk shoes, tools and a cook. The men will stay until late September.
June 17, 1939
• War nurses who served with the American troops during the World War renewed friendships and recounted experiences more than 20 years ago at a gathering Thursday night at the Legion hall. Seventeen war nurses, most of them members of the American Legion, were guests of Aberdeen Post No. 5.
• Stop-N-Shop pitchers in the City Horseshoe league served notice on the league-leading Casey Hardware team that the race for first place isn’t over yet as they proceeded to win nine games during the week and move into second place.
Paul Johnson with 60 percent ringers, hit high total for the year. Fay Collver tossed 71 percent for one game. Marme Rauhala connected with four consecutive doubles.
50 years ago
June 16, 1964
“Stanley Memorial Park” was designated last night by the Elma City Council as the official name for the new city park being developed at the east end of town.
Two picnic tables have been moved to the park, named in honor of the late Ed Stanley, who was publisher of the Elma Chronicle. Chemical toilets have been installed, city water has been connected and a road into the park has been graveled.
• Aberdeen’s new dog paddy wagon goes on duty this week. Designed by Anthony Mizin, Aberdeen police officer, the vehicle is a converted 1947 city truck.
According to Chief Dave Auer, the animal control wagon will operate on call only. It has a capacity of 8 dogs, with individual compartments for each animal.
June 17, 1964
Purchase of a $1 tickets will entitle the holder to one of the finest logger breakfasts he will ever enjoy.
That is the claim of the Aberdeen Lions Club as the ticket sale progresses for its annual Father’s Day breakfast.
Breakfast will be served between 5 a.m. and noon Sunday in Zelasko Park. The menu will consist of pancakes, bacon, eggs and coffee — all you can eat. The more than 1,800 persons who partook of last year’s meal attest to the value received.
25 years ago
June 16, 1989
Wednesday was the last day of school for Aberdeen students, but teachers had to stay an extra day. For Ted Fleming, a second-grade teacher at Alexander Young, the day’s tasks included going through decades of files and cleaning his room. Fleming, 54, is retiring after 28 years of teaching, 26 of them in Aberdeen, one in Blaine and one in Hawaii.
June 17, 1989
• Doug Hagaman, 34, is sitting at his unusual sewing machine in Grayland, putting together parafoils — large square-shaped kites that look like flying mattresses.
The parafoils, made of the same nylon that is used for a sailboat’s spinnaker, cost between $8 and $10 a square foot. Depending on the size, his parafoils cost from $200 to $1,300. One Hagaman Parafoil — his largest with 300 square feet of material — cost a New York kite enthusiast $3,000.
“The coast is an ideal place to do what I’m doing,” Hagaman said. “I hope to be here for a long time. My wife and I love the ocean and the Cranberry Coast. This is my third attempt at making kites a full-time job. It’s wonderful living here. It’s just a matter of making a living. We’re pretty confident we can.”
• Dave James, the veteran writer and editor who helped the late Ed Van Syckle with “They Tried to Cut It All” and “The River Pioneers” has produced a big little book.
Photos of the biggest Douglas fir trees ever converted into logs by Pacific Northwest woodsmen are featured in “Big Trees &Steam Lokies.”
A descendant of Washington pioneers, James spent 20 years as a newspaperman and 28 in public relations with the Simpston Timber C. He is also the author of “Grisdale: Last of the Logging Camps.”
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom