75 years ago
July 2, 1939
Sunday, no newspaper published
July 3, 1939
George Caldwell, six, of Westport, celebrated the Fourth of July with a bullet instead of the traditional firecracker, it was reported after he was taken to the Aberdeen General Hospital Saturday night for treatment of a wound to his right cheek.
It was reported the child, son of Wayne Caldwell, ignited a .22 caliber bullet with a match. A splinter of the casing struck him on the face and the splinter was removed from his cheek at the hospital.
50 years ago
July 2, 1964
• The Aberdeen Chapter American Field Service has been notified of the selection of Miss Angkhara Saetang of Thailand (Siam) as its foreign exchange student for the coming year.
Jo, as she prefers to be called, will be a senior at Weatherwax High School. Her American family will be Mr. and Mrs. Ray Kinley and their daughter, Janet, 17, who will also be a Weatherwax senior.
• Righthander Terry Timmons bore down and struck out the side in the seventh with the tieing run on third to preserve a 3 to 2 Aberdeen Federal Legion victory over Hoquiam at Olympic Stadium last night.
Timmon’s 13 strike out performance highlighted Aberdeen’s fifth 10th District Legion verdict in eight games. He walked only one and allowed four hits. Left fielder Gordy Godfrey slammed two doubles in the game.
July 3, 1964
Hudson’s Bay Co. is ready to pay good money to Twin Harbor fishermen who would like to rid the waters of that pesky predator, the Pacific hair seal.
The Canadian firm’s raw fur department has informed Art Crews, local district supervisor for the Department of Game, that it pays $20 to $50 a pelt, depending upon quality.
The seals prey upon salmon, steelhead and cutthroat. Sports and commercial fishermen don’t like them and gillnetters bewail the seal’s special delight in damaging and tangling their nets.
25 years ago
July 2, 1989
Life wasn’t easy hundreds, even thousands of years ago for the Chehalis Indians living along the river.
But neither was it quite as tough as it was recently for nine young members of the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation at Oakville and the five adults who accompanied them on the first “Rites of Passage.”
For three days, the participants lived along the river that was once the lifeblood to the tribe, canoeing their way along some 50 miles of waterways and camping at their ancestors’ favorite, traditional sites.
Before the first day was finished, it was clear the journey was no vacation. Cold, heavy rain filled the canoes and drenched the paddlers.
“In the old days we wouldn’t have been on the water,” explained youth helper, Jennifer Revay, 25. “We would have waited until the rain was over.” But the group had a goal and a timetable. And the leaders were determined to teach the youngsters not to quit.
Robert Vessey — a 17-year-old Otoe Indian from Oklahoma who was “adopted” into the Chehalis tribe three years ago — said he learned a lot about himself during the journey. “I’m not isolated,” he said. “There are people around me.”
“Before, I knew how my ancestors lived,” said 11-year-old Shoni Revay, the youngest member of the group, “but I didn’t know it would be this hard.”
“We learned how to stand by each other,” added Jennifer Revay. “It was a struggle paddling. Determination kept us going.”
July 3, 1989
The Makah Cultural and Research Center, home to 500-year-old Ozette artifacts, has become a focal point for Makah tribal culture since it was founded 10 years ago.
Makah Museum staff say that since the center opened its doors in June 1979 about 170,000 visitors from as far away as China and the Soviet Union have viewed the Ozette display and other exhibits.
It is the world’s single-largest collection of Northwest Coast artifacts dating back to before the times of the non-Indian explorers.
The Ozette archaeological dig began in 1970 when a storm eroded the bank of a beach and exposed five homes that had been buried by a mudslide about 500 years ago.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom