75 years ago
February 21, 1939
• The proposed building of a canal connecting Grays Harbor, Puget Sound and the Columbia River is not a recent idea. As early as 1901, Mayor Ralph Philbrick, then a state representative of this district, introduced a memorial in the state legislature for construction of such a canal.
Another who advocated the canal was Elisha Payne, one of the engineers who started the Panama Canal.
The Hoquiam Chamber of Commerce has revived interest in the project and is gathering data from various federal and state agencies to prepare formal actions.
• The Yamamshita line freighter Norway Maru sailed today with about a million board feet of lumber from the Willapa Harbor Lumber Mills for Japan. The cargo of Japanese squares was the first order of big sticks shipped from Raymond since resumption of industrial activity at Mill W.
February 22, 1939
Harold Christensen, employed by the Nelson Crab and Oyster company of Tokeland, Monday set what is believed in this section to be a record for opening oysters. Christensen, a veteran opener, who has worked in canneries in Portland, Ocean Park and Nahcotta, opened 43 1/3 gallons of oysters in 10 hours earning $13 for the day’s work.
February 23, 1939
• Most of the activity this weekend will revolve about the Grays Harbor Panhellenic dancing party to be held in the Aberdeen Elks temple Saturday evening from 10 to 1 o’clock. Dave Coleman’s dance band will furnish the music for the affair.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Scroggs have invited 12 friends in before the dance and the party will go to the Elks Club from the Scroggs’ home.
Mr. and Mrs. James Hoonan will entertain at a cocktail party before the dance at their home, having 12 as their guests.
• Approximately 500 farmers and business men will gather at the Hoquiam Masonic temple tonight for the 20th annual Farmer-Merchant dinner sponsored by the Hoquiam chamber of commerce.
50 years ago
February 21, 1964
“Community Workshop,” a weekly television program presented by KING-Channel 5, will feature Grays Harbor College this Sunday at 9 a.m.
The college’s radio speech class, under the direction of Richard A. Lane, has prepared the program that will deal with community colleges in general and with GHC in particular. A panel of students will discus the reasons why students attend community colleges and the relationship of vocational-technical training to the academic programs in these colleges.
February 22, 1964
Meet Hans Merk, German-born “chef de cuisine” at Ocean Shores Inn. He has been at the North Beach restaurant since November and according to local residents who have sampled his fare, he has created “a fantastic variety of seafood dishes.”
His experience includes food preparation at some of the most famous restaurants. At the Wallis Kanne, in Bale, Switzerland, he featured Fondue Bourgignone; he also worked at the Roi de Biere in Paris, the Grosvenor House in London, the Drake Hotel in Chicago and Von’s in Seattle.
February 23, 1964
Sunday, no newspaper published
25 years ago
February 21, 1989
The students at North River will continue learning to sew in the library, the school board decided informally last week.
The students in home economics were moved to the library after heavy snow at the beginning of the month made the already-dilapidated home ec building uninhabitable. A levy measure that would have replaced the building failed by one vote in September.
February 22, 1989
The “constant partying and chaos” wore heavy on high school dropout Ken Hogan, 19, so after a year on his own, he dropped back in.
While he was out of school he worked in the woods and says it’s tougher than most kids think.
Now, thanks to an agreement between Aberdeen High School and Grays Harbor College, he’s earning college creidt for some of his high school course work and plans to attend college next fall.
“I dropped out because I had this problem thinking that I was grown up. My parents tried to tell me that I wasn’t yet,” the handsome young man said, shaking his head.
Even though it feels a little funny to be in the same class as “underclassmen” Ken says it’s great to be back at home and in class. “When I left I felt I hated my mom, but I realize now that I hated myself. I appreciate simple things like a home cooked meal now.”
February 23, 1989
Fourth grader Amy McMaster says she goes to Homework Club because she likes helping the little kids study. Angela Crawford, a first grader, stays after school “because we can get treats.”
Whatever their reasons, between 25 and 30 Washington Elementary School students attend the Hoquiam grade school’s after hours homework session each Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. The first, second and third graders get homework help from the fourth, fifth and sixth graders.
Principal Dave Wayman conceived the idea of a Homework Club about a year ago as a way to implement peer counseling programs. He credits teacher Jeanette Pocklington with making it work.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.