75 years ago
June 30, 1939
Now appearing at local theaters: At the Warner Brothers, “Mutiny on the Bounty” starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable and “Rose Marie” with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald; at the D&R, “Hotel Imperial” with Ray Milland and Isa Miranda and “Boy Friend” with Jane Withers; at the Wier, “Blondie Meets the Boss” with Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake and “Slave Ship” with Wallace Beery; at the Bijou, “The Family Next Door” with Hugh Herbert and “Rough Riders’ Roundup” with Roy Rogers; at the Hoquiam, “Made for Each Other” with Carole Lombard and James Stewart and “Colorado Kid” with Bob Steele; at the Seventh Street, “Rose of Washington Square” with Tyrone Power and Alice Faye and “Ambush” with Gladys Swarthout.
July 1, 1939
Tickets to the public banquet at which Grays Harbor National Guardsmen will be honored for their recent victory with the huge coast defense guns at Fort Worden will be available at the Aberdeen chamber of commerce next week, L.G. Humbargar, new chamber manager, said today. “These boys have tried for 76 years to win the general’s cup,” he pointed out. “This year they succeeded, besting the finest gunners in the state. It seems to me that Grays Harbor owes these boys a vote of thanks, and this banquet is a fine way to honor them.”
50 years ago
June 30, 1964
One of Aberdeen’s best-known business establishments changed hands recently when Frank G. McCauley purchased the Axland-O’Hare Men’s store in the Elks Building from E.D. Axland.
The business was started by Axland 44 years ago. It had been located on H and Heron streets prior to moving to the Elks Building in 1932.
The new owner was born and raised in Aberdeen and is a graduate of Weatherwax High School and Gonazaga University. He was with Rayonier Inc. and the Grays Harbor Paper Co. before purchasing the business.
July 1, 1964
Seattle diver, Leiter Hockett is on the scene of the water main break beneath the Chehalis River near the former West Bridge.
The main was broken Monday night by an anchor from the Japanese ship Yamato Maru, waiting to berth at the nearby Weyerhaeuser Dock.
The main’s twin on the river bottom, normally unused, was put into operation to restore water service to Cosmopolis, and South and East Aberdeen.
Hockett installed the underwater main about eight years ago.
25 years ago
June 30, 1989
Q. Who is the former Catherine Wilmarth, now Catherine Laatz?
A. A 1965 Hoquiam High School graduate now living in Bothell who enjoyed success in the Jeopardy quiz show.
She’s watched the show since she was in high school. It debuted in 1964.
She shuddered at the topics like foreign films, Woody Allen films, photography and mythology but welcomed geography and history.
Her father, Richard Wilmarth was a sea captain whose travels brought the world home to her. Her mother, Mary, was a math teacher at HHS for many years.
How well did Catherine do on Jeopardy? Watch KOMO tonight at 7:30.
July 1, 1989
• Anne Tuominen, daughter of Seppo and Pirjo Tuominen of Hoquiam, graduated magna cum laude from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the U of W this month with majors in international studies and Scandinavian area studies.
The 21-year-old, whose name is pronounced An-nay, also was selected the top graduate from the Jackson School and was presented with a $3,000 grant for travel and research. She left Friday to study and work in Finland where she was born.
• South Bend eighth grader Lori Harmer’s two page essay on what she could do for the world if she was faster than a speeding bullet, won her a two-hour flight on the world’s fastest passenger jet.
Expecting a prize something like a pizza, the 13-year-old student was stunned when she learned that she will be one of three students in the state to take a trip on the British Airways Concorde.
The students, along with about 100 passengers who are paying $1,250 per ticket, will fly from Boeing Field in Seattle and over the ocean at about 1,340 miles per hour, about 11 miles above the ocean.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom