In 1989, Harbor ready to accommodate overflow from Puget Sound area


75 years ago

June 11, 1939

Sunday, no newspaper published

June 12, 1939

Grays Harbor public utility district revenue bonds will be marketed by Guy C. Myers, Wall Street financier, for a two and one-half percent commission and will bear probably 4 1/2 percent interest, the district commissioners announced today after conferring here with Mr. Myers. He met with them to consider terms of a contract for purchase of the Grays Harbor Railway &Light company, the purchase to be financed by revenue bonds, and will leave for New York tonight.

50 years ago

June 11, 1964

A delegation of Harborites yesterday urged the Legislative Joint Committee on Highways to remove the threat of “economic isolation” from this area by construction of a second bridge in Hoquiam and relocation of the Cosmopolis hill segment of the Aberdeen-Raymond road.

In the Harbor delegation were Jack Bigelow, chairman of the highways and bridges committee of the Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Henry Soike of the Regional Planning Commission, John Forbes, Chamber of Commerce manager and State Rep. Jack Burtch.

“An accident of the Simpson Avenue Bridge could close that span,” Bigelow pointed out, “and during the closure the only way to Hoquiam for commercial traffic would be by way of Port Angeles.”

Referring again to the economic threat that is the condition of the Cosmopolis hill, Bigelow informed the legislators that between 325 and 400 truckloads daily deliver logs from the south to Cosmopolis, Aberdeen and Hoquiam.

June 12, 1964

Eighteen miles northeast of Elma, where logically there should only be woods, nestles a body of water aptly known as Lost Lake.

Since its rediscovery by Harborites some years ago, the lake has become the site not only of numerous summer homes but of what might be described as the Harbor’s most far-flung community project — Camp Bishop.

The facility is operated by the Aberdeen YMCA so that boys, girls and even their parents can enjoy the invigorating experience of summer camp.

“I’d estimate,” says Ray Dotchin, Y general director, “that every year the free labor and materials that go into the camp total $20,000.”

Dotchin relates that the community assistance in the project has been a tradition since the camp’s founding in 1954.

25 years ago

June 11, 1989

Lori Sherman of Raymond was nearly speechless with anticipation Friday, hours before embarking on a 14-hour plane trip to South Korea.

She, along with 24 others from the Twin Harbors, will spend most of this month in Korea training with the National Guard.

It’s not often they spend their annual two-week training session overseas, said 1st Lt. Barbara Wilczynski. She said Korea was chosen this year because an Army sister unit is on active duty there. “We try to get very realistic training,” said Wilczynski. “Most people don’t realize that the National Guard could be called to react to war.”

June 12, 1989

• Community leaders’ efforts to give Grays Harbor “high visibility” with a goal to attract new business seems to be paying off.

Grays Harbor was one of several areas in the state named in a recent survey as a likely spot for accommodating some of the overflowing growth of the Puget Sound area.

“We’ve been working on Puget Sound and on decision makers in business and government to recognize the potential of Grays Harbor,” LeRoy Tipton, manager of the Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce, said this morning.

• Elma Feed, a collection of former Elma High standouts, won six of eight games last weekend to win the Olympia Classic Men’s Class C USSSA tournament and with it a berth to the State C Slow pitch Tournament in August in Tacoma.

Ron Scott, who hit .600, was a standout pitcher and defensive player. He was named MVP of the tournament.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom

 

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