World Gone By 8/14

75 years ago

August 13, 1939

Sunday, no newspaper published

August 14, 1939

With the Paul Bunyan festival completed, officials of the Hoquiam Jubilee association, are considering another celebration next year.

Frank H. Lamb, festival chairman, today estimated the attendance for the three nights’ showing of “They Live Again” at between 12,000 and 15,000 with proceeds totaling about $5,000.

50 years ago

August 13, 1964

• Evans Products Co has obtained a 90-day option to purchase control of Aloha Lumber Corporation at a total price in excess of $3 million.

Aloha has cutting rights to approximately 750 million board feet of standing timber on 32,000 acres of land on the Quinault Indian Reservation as well as a sawmill, shingle mill and other properties. The Aloha company has about 350 on its payroll, including mill workers, loggers and shingleworkers.

• Purchase of the 60-acre tract comprising the nine-hole Oaksridge Golf Course near Elma was announced today by the new owner, Ray Morgan of Central Park.

Morgan, an engineer for the Standard Oil company the past year, purchased the 2,960-yard course, including the driving range, club house, restaurant, swimming pool and home, from Mr. and Mrs. Lee Mouncer, operators of the facility for the past 14 years.

The late Walter Fovargue, former Aberdeen fuel oil dealer and golf enthusiast, laid out the course in 1928. It was owned by John Mouncer. The course lay idle during the late depression years and was closed during World War II before being reopened by Lee Mouncer in 1950.

August 14, 1964

Joe Golia, 31-year-old assistant professional at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club, will take over duties as head pro at the Grays Harbor Country Club Sept. 1.

Golia succeeds Dan Strite, a native Oregonian, who resigned after working at the Country Club for 2 1/2 years.

Grays Harbor’s new golf pro made his first and only appearance on the Harbor as a player, an auspicious occasion last summer, when he tied with Ockie Eliason for low pro honors in the Grays Harbor Pro-Am.

A native of Staten Island, New York, Golia came to the Northwest while he was in the Air Force and was so impressed with the climate “and all the trees, we decided to make the Northwest our home.”

Married and the father of two boys and a girl, Golia is currently looking for a home in either Central Park or Aberdeen.

25 years ago

August 13, 1989

For a while, it seemed the award-winning Centennial Building at the county fairgrounds would be a classic case of “never have so few done so much with so little.”

Given the coveted Washington State Fair Commission award of merit this week, the hotbed of Harbor history hankered for help just a few months ago.

When Randy Beerbower called the first work party, two people showed up: Randy and his dad, Bob. Disappointed at first, the Beerbowers rolled up their sleeves and started an overhaul. Day after day, week after week, they labored in their afterwork hours.

Then volunteers started to get involved, including his grandfather, Orvill Boling, 79, the former county commissioner.

Volunteers “just came out of the woodwork in the last few weeks,” said Beerbower, 27, president of the Chehalis Valley Historical Society.

As it turned out, the weary workers left just before the fair commission judges arrived and bestowed the award of merit. “I have to admit I’m ecstatic,” Beerbower said, not just for the recognition for everyone who helped out but “just for getting this ready for the public. Sometimes you have to bring your (historical) wares to the people to get them interested.”

August 14, 1989

A pair of Grays Harbor canoeists took a gold medal at the Washington Centennial Summer Games in Spokane Sunday.

Vern Heikkila of Westport and Keith Lile of Aberdeen teamed up to win the Recreational Open Division, which included a three-quarter of a mile portage, in 1-hour, 22 minutes and 34 seconds.

Daryl Graham of Ocosta placed second in the Pro C-1 canoeing class.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom


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