World Gone By 2/4

75 years ago

February 3, 1939

Winter snows have come to the Grays Harbor hill country, closing logging operations and long unused snowplows from highway department garages have been wheeled into action.

It was still snowing heavily on the upper reaches of the Wynooche and Wishkah rivers today, while already Schafer Brothers’ Olympic camp northwest of the famous Wynooche Oxbow country is buried under a 24-inch mantle. At the Wishkah headworks, according to Caretaker James Innes, a smothering storm filled the air today, piling up a six-inch total on the ground at noon.

February 4, 1939

Jesse James wasn’t a scholar, but he was a gentleman, a good judge of hossflesh, a fine father and husband — and the closest thing to Robin Hood the Wild West ever knew.

That’s the opinion, at any rate, of Mrs. Kate Wells, cook in the Quinault Hotel, whose mother was taking care of Jesse James’ children the day the shaking hands of “cowardly Bob Ford” sent a bullet into the back of the famous Missouri bandit as he straightened a picture on the wall of his St. Joseph hideout.

After she had married, Mrs. Wells heard from the lips of Cole Younger, once a member of the James Gang, some details of that famous band’s exploits and particularly about the romanic Jesse’s personality and achievements. “Why, Jesse was one of the kindest, gentlest, politest men my mother ever knew,” she recalled. “He lived right next door to my parents’ home in St. Joseph, Missouri, when he was hiding out from the law after his last robbery.”

50 years ago

February 3, 1964

• Burglars stole tools from the Enco Service Station, 508 Simpson, Ave. Hoquiam, then used them to crack the Safeway store safe a block away either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, reports Police Chief Burton Foreman.

The intruders left some of the tools near the safe before they left with “an undetermined amount of money and checks,” the chief noted.

• With two units taking turns, the Montesano Bulldogs blasted the Ocosta Wildcats Saturday night 69-50, in a non-conference clash.

Coach Aldo Anderson started the seniors, but alternated them with a unit of juniors against the outgunned Wildcats. Dennis Frizzell paced the scoring effort with 18, but surrendered game honors to the Wildcat’s Jim Bunker who had 23.

February 4, 1964

The new basketball regulation adopted this season that calls for the stoppage of the clock every time the whistle blows, even when the ball goes out of bounds, has changed the game.

Most noticeable effect has been the ballooning of scores both in high school and college for the simple reason: the game is longer now.

For instance, third ranked Davidson walloped VMI Saturday night 129 to 91 and Duke beat Navy 121 to 65. It’s not uncommon nowadays for a basketball team to go over the century mark, but it was before the new rule change.

Montesano basketball mentor Aldo Anderson remarked the other day: “You aren’t safe any more with a 10 or 12 point lead in the final minutes. A team can come roaring back especially with a lot of foul shots and with the clock stopping, to beat you now.”

25 years ago

February 3, 1989

Tanya Kloempken, a standout athlete on Aberdeen High School’s basketball and volleyball teams, can move normally after fracturing her neck during a sledding accident Wednesday, her parents said.

“It’s a stable fracture. She can move everything and she’s really lucky,” her mother, Marilyn Kloempken, said.

The 17-year-old junior was attempting her last trek down the steep Second Avenue hill on an inner tube Wednesday night when she crashed into a tree.

February 4, 1989

Grays Harbor roads will remain like wrinkled ice rinks at least through Tuesday. Temperature stayed in the 20-degree range all day Friday under sometimes sunny skies.

The forecast is calling for high temperatures of 25 through Tuesday with low temperatures at night of 10 to 15 degrees.

Ron Bashon, maintenance superintendent for the state Department of Transportation on Grays Harbor, said that the sand being tossed onto local highways in one 24-hour period is equal to 220,000 10-pound bags of sugar. The crews are working constantly and it’s costing about $43,000 per day.

Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.


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