World Gone By 8/2

75 years ago

August 1, 1939

Business isn’t exactly booming yet, but Louie Miller and David Halvorson, Aberdeen’s newest entrepreneurs, figure they have a good corner location, a quality product and hot weather in their favor.

They started business this morning at Broadway and First on a patch of pavement donated by their friend and neighbor, the Goodrich Silvertown tire store.

They are dispensing a cooling drink — “Keep Kool with Our Kooler” — at a retail price of two cents each.

Two tiny flaws have arisen thus far. It seems that standing behind the counter several hours produces an unexpected thirst in the barman’s throat. He dips occasionally into the ice-cooled bucket — just a small sip now and then, you understand to set the dryness. But somehow the level in the buckets drops and more “Kool Aid” must be made.

Then, too, this cash price of two cents per glass is, unfortunately, subject to amendment like this morning when a pig-tailed little miss who lives in Louie’s neighborhood stopped by without any money.

August 2, 1939

The far east is rapidly becoming the oil center of the world. Lewis Keating, former Hoquiam athlete and now a Standard Oil Company inspection and metallurgical engineer, said today.

Keating, who left the Harbor 15 years ago and is now visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Keating of Hoquiam, believes the Bahrein Island, 30 miles off the Arabian coast in the Persian Gulf, is the largest potential oil field in the world.

August 3, 1939

• While headquarters companies of the Aberdeen fire department fought a stubborn roof and attic fire at the Wilson apartments on East Second street today, other apparatus and all available off-duty firemen were dispatched to Junction City to curb a blaze which destroyed a group of garages and spread into the two-story Junction City Hotel building before being brought under control.

• Used Chevrolet trucks are being converted into light, versatile tractors by the Bigelow Chevrolet Company, L.L. Bigelow, president, said today.

One of the new farm power units will do the work of a 1,300-pound team of horses, he said, and can handle light plowing, discing and hauling. Each also has a power takeoff for cutting wood, grinding fodder and other uses.

50 years ago

August 1, 1964

Two 13-year-old Aberdeen boys are ready for this fall’s annual classroom ordeal when the teacher asks for reports on “What I Did This Summer.”

Ronald Leeck and Gary Lyons took a trip — around the Olympic Peninsula on bicycles. They arrived back in Aberdeen on Thursday after making a 325-mile loop in nine days.

The boys report that each day got off to a “rousing early start” on the road — about 11 o’clock. A typical meal, they relate with no great relish, consisted of “dried milk, dehydrated soup, instant mashed potatoes and maybe some Spam.”

August 2, 1964

Sunday, no newspaper published

August 3, 1964

• The Harbor’s pypo-board craze is featured in the current issue of Life Magazine, in a three-page spread entitled “Surfing Pizza Style.”

Pictures taken “on the beach near Aberdeen, Wash.” show unidentified teen-age boys in action on the boards. The article gives a brief description of how the boards are made and how the sport is carried on.

• The pitching and hitting of Greg Lamb and Steve Soike carried the Aberdeen Timber League Little League All-Stars to an 8 to 2 District 3 Tournament clinching win over the Willapa All-Stars Sunday in an affair that was switched to Centralia from Aberdeen because of rain in Grays Harbor.

25 years ago

August 1, 1989

Skydivers, stunt pilots and squadrons of airplanes will converge on Bowerman Field this weekend for a local salute to flying. In addition to private aircraft, the U.S. Army is sending helicopters, airplanes, skydiving teams and a brass band.

“By far, this is the biggest air show ever planned for Bowerman,” said Eric Noren, chairman of the Aviation Day committee.

Short helicopter rides will be available for $16, scenic 20-minute plane rides will be $10 and stunt flights will cost $20.

August 2, 1989

NBC-TV is making giant strides on the North Beach — that is North Beach Community TV-13. The channel that features video-taped city council meeting along with a wide range of community activities is gaining popularity.

Volunteer cameraman Don Jones regularly tapes the council’s Monday night meetings and two couples — Mabel and Ray Parsons and Charles and Virginia Luck — “Have been keeping the station going,” says board members Ann Johnson.

When not running local programs, the station switches to C-Span, a channel provided as a public service by the cable industry.

August 3, 1989

• Hoquiam attorney Keith Kessler, 42, was chosen president-elect of the 2,500-member Washington State Trial Lawyer’s Association at its convention last weekend on the Oregon coast.

Kessler, a member of the firm of Strittmatter, Kessler and McCauley, campaigned actively with buttons, brochures and speeches and handily defeated the Seattle attorney who opposed him.

He obtained his law degree from the University of Washington in 1972 and served as a clerk to State Supreme Court Justice Robert C. Finley that year.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom


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