75 years ago
February 26, 1939 Sunday, no newspaper published
February 27, 1939
Standing room only, and not even too much of that, was a note-worthy feature of the gymkhana held yesterday at the Cosmopolis ring with the Cohassett riding school presenting the show. All available seats were occupied and approximately 100 spectators were gathered at the entrances. The crowd was estimated at 500, the largest number ever to attend.
In addition to the program of events on the program, a history of each horse at the school was given a biography. Following this was a history of the Cohassett Riding school begun in 1930 with Major D.C. Makarenko starting the school with the assistance of Lester O’Day.
50 years ago
February 26, 1964
Miller Junior High’s unbeaten Bobkittens closed out their second consecutive championship season yesterday spanking Jefferson of Olympia 57 to 25 for their 25th straight victory. Walt Failor led the winners with 20 points.Februray 27, 1964
Donald Cook of Elma received shoulder and head injuries when a branch from a falling tree struck him shortly after noon today in the W.S. Beeler Logging Co. operation in the North River area.
Cook, about 38, apparently didn’t see the falling tree because the sun was in his eyes. He was rushed by a Weyerhaeuser Co. panel truck to Artic, to meet a summoned New Aberdeen Garage Ambulance.
The ambulance took him to St. Joseph Hospital where he went immediately to the X-ray room, He was conscious and his injuries were not believed to be serious.
25 years ago
February 26, 1989
Alfie Bensinger, who has served as director of the Aberdeen YMCA since August 1984 has announced he will leave the Y this spring.
“I think Alfie has done a fantastic job,” said YMCA board president Larry Goldberg. “He’s been a super positive influence for youth on the Harbor. He’ll be sorely missed and we wish him all the very best in his new business.”
Bensinger, at 35 virtually an institution among the young people of Aberdeen, plans to open a hobby shop in Aberdeen specializing in radio-controlled cars.
He said he will continue as Aberdeen High School’s soccer coach.
It’s not to be recommended as a steady diet, but Raymond’s Lady Seagulls proved last night they can thrive on adversity.
The foul- and injury-plagued Gull Girls hung tough all the way to down Mossyrock, 59-44 last night in the championship game of the Southwest District Class B cage tourney in Chehalis.
The Gulls were without Tamara Barnes, the rugged guard who suffered a broken nose in the semifinal win over Valley. And their 6-0 center Katrina Moudy spent exactly 16 minutes and 13 seconds on the pines, thanks to foul troubles.
In what some had considered a building year, Valley’s girls produced a state-class structure.
Lora Evertson scored 21 points as the Lady Vikings nailed down their seventh state appearance in the past eight years with a hard-fought 56-50 victory over Cathlamet in the Southwest Washington District Class B girls’ basketball tournament in Centralia Saturday.
February 27, 1989
Joe Malik, after 17 years as president of Grays Harbor College, resigned today to become director of one of the most influential higher education groups in the western United States.
The 51-year-old Malik will finish out the academic year at GHC then move to Seattle this summer to begin working with the Commission on Colleges-Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. As executive director of the commission, Malik will influence criteria used in deciding which colleges and universities in seven western state are worthy of accreditation.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.