75 years ago
April 16, 1939
Sunday, no newspaper published
April 17, 1939
• Whipped by a stiff easterly wind, Grays Harbor’s first major forest fire of the season yesterday roared over 1,000 acres of brush and second growth on the upper East Hoquiam-Wishkah river divide.
O.B. Wedekind, district fire warden, called for a large CCC crew today after local residents near the old Greenwood logging works had battled all day Sunday to beat flames away from four or five farm homes.
50 years ago
April 16, 1964
Sale of the Nu-Way Food Store at Second and B streets in Aberdeen by Herbert W. Hedwall to H.M. (Bud) Stewart of Raymond was announced today. Stewart, who operates food markets in Raymond, South Bend and Shelton, will take over operation of the Aberdeen store at the close of business Saturday night. The market will be known henceforth as Stewart’s Foodliner.
April 17, 1964
Exploding for eight runs in the second inning, Aberdeen High School’s nomad baseball team downed Elma 13 to 2 in a 5 inning practice game yesterday in McCleary. Mike Hatley spaced five hits and pitched shutout ball after the first inning to collect the win for Aberdeen. Four Bobcat swingers, Scott Godfrey, Glenn Gudaz, Randy Hancock and Hatley had two hits apiece.
25 years ago
April 16, 1989
Sadie Peterson retired from teaching in the early 1960s when she was 71.
She is being honored by the Washington Education Association at its convention in Spokane this weekend. Almost at the century mark, the longtime elementary school teacher practices what she has preached for most of her life. “I think you should learn something every day to keep your brain going. If I didn’t use my hands, I would lose them. Anything you don’t use, you lose. Another one of her secrets is to avoid white flour, white sugar and other overly-processed foods.
April 17, 1989
A leisurely day on horseback turned into a dangerous brush with tragedy Sunday as a young boy and his steed crashed through the floor of an abandoned pumphouse along the East Hoquiam Road. The horse, a Welsh and Tennessee Walker mix named Champ, was trapped in a water-filled cavern.
The rider, 13-year-old Lindsey Rose, fell off his mount as the animal toppled backward into the widening gap. “It’s a good thing the young guy fell off or he’d have been tapped in there too and could’ve drowned,” said Fire Chief Bill Knannlein.
The hidden cavern contained about 8 to 10 feet of water and Champ barely managed to keep its snout above the murky depths in order to breathe.
A firefighter pulled his four-wheel-drive pickup truck close to the scene and rescuers hooked a winch to a harness then rigged it around Champ and pulled him free.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom.