World Gone By — In 1989, Mickey Lewis earns certificate of merit as 911 dispatcher

75 years ago

August 22, 1939

• For the first time in history, an airplane yesterday was called into service to give the Aberdeen World a “picture scoop.”

A photo of Denmark’s Prince George fishing on Lake Quinault had been rushed to Tacoma for engraving, but a mixup in bussing it back to Aberdeen left the cut stranded at Olympia at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon.

In a telephone call Dale Delanty and a World reporter were off for Olympia. A half hour later the Stearman plane landed at the Olympia airport, picked up the waiting cut and after a 20-minute return flight, aided by a tail wind, was back at the Aberdeen airport.

The picture was run in the World’s final edition.

Delanty declared the service was routine, and that a Harbor airplane always is available for “hurry-up” or emergency flights.

August 23, 1939

The Aberdeen-Moclips Motor Freight company the past month or more has handled several shipments of sturgeon, first shipped commercially from the Harbor in year, Dan Walker, manager, said today. Some of the fish weighed as much as 70 pounds, one was fully 10 feet in length, while a number were almost as large. To handle the sturgeon shippers had to rig two ordinary fish boxes end-on-end and in addition cut off the heads and tails to get the fish packed.

August 24, 1939

Climaxing eight years of business in Aberdeen, Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson tomorrow will open a new luggage shop in new quarters under a new name.

Operators of the Grays Harbor Trunk factory the past eight years at 211 E. Heron, the proprietors will open for business Friday at 107 E. Heron under the name Wilson Luggage Shop.

50 years ago

August 22, 1964

• A screaming, howling mob of teen-agers, most of them girls, trapped England’s mop-haired Beatles in the Seattle Coliseum for 59 minutes Friday night before police could spirit them away in an ambulance. More than 14,000 persons paid $5 each to jam Seattle big Coliseum for the Beatles’s first appearance in Seattle.

The mob, who had screamed and stomped through two hours of rock and roll music, surged against police and sailors locked arm in arm in repeated efforts to get to Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

August 23, 1964

Key feature of the four-day 25th Annual National Liturgical Week meeting of some 15,000 delegates — from bishops to parishioners in St. Louis, Mo., — is celebration of the Roman Catholic Mass in English for the first time in the United States. The English-language Mass will be effective throughout the country Nov. 29.

August 24, 1964

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago

August 22, 1989

The woman on the other end of the emergency police line was nearly hysterical.

Someone was trying to get into her house, she told Aberdeen police dispatcher Mickey Lewis, one summer night in 1988. Someone had shot at her through the window of her living room.

For the next 16 minutes, Lewis, a veteran dispatcher, kept the woman on the emergency line while she dispatched Aberdeen units and coordinated with the sheriff’s office.

According to Chief Bill Ellis, “Mickey’s calm and reassuring manner in dealing with the victim in conjunction with her professionalism in dispatching … played a major role in bringing this incident to a satisfactory conclusion with no injuries.”

Lewis was awarded a certificate of merit at the Associated Public Safety Communications Officers convention this summer in Wenatchee.

August 23, 1989

At first glance it looked as if the Ocean Shores Convention Center had been transformed into a huge tavern.

Smoke-filled air carried the buzz of many voices talking at once. Alcohol, pop and food were sold at various tables around the room. Groups gathered at small tables, talking, drinking, eating and laughing heartily now and then.

But 48 brand-new, high-tech dart machines line the perimeter of the large facility, reflecting the true purpose of the gathering.

About 1,200 dart-throwers gathered to compete in the Associated Dart Operators’ International 1989 Summer League Championship.

August 24, 1989

Oil from last winter’s spill off Grays Harbor still clings stubbornly to cobblestones on Olympic National Park beaches, but rangers are more worried about what they can’t see.

To learn what oil does to the vast world of small creatures and plants along the beaches and nestled in the tidepools and churning waters just offshore, the federal Minerals Management Service has agreed to pay $413,000 for a set of studies over two years.

The 12 beach sites to be studied are mostly within Olympic National Park but also include Sand Island inside Grays Harbor and sites on the Quinault Reservation.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom


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