75 years ago
April 28, 1939
• Manufacture of weatherproof and waterproof plywood for exterior construction was announced today by A.R. Wuest of the West Coast Plywood company following delivery of new equipment to be used in the process.
The announcement marks an important forward step in the company’s manufacture of plywood and follows what Mr. Wuest described as a “completely new process in manufacture of plywood for exterior use.” He said that installation of a 10-opening hot plate press is already underway at the plant on the port area.
• Peter Schafer of Schafer Brothers said his firm will put 75 men to work early next month in the Lincoln Creek camp to remove some 15,000,000 feet of timber felled and bucked prior to the closing of the camp in October, 1937. He said there is a possibility the camp will operate indefinitely if the log market improves.
• Where Harborites for 30 years have seen the First Presbyterian Church steeple, there’ll be an empty place in the Aberdeen skyline tomorrow.
Workmen today started taking down the old spire, a familiar landmark to many of this region’s residents, because age has weakened its supporting timbers, according to Rev. Robert Cameron, pastor of the church.
April 29, 1939
“Disillusion,” a novel with a Grays Harbor industrial background, written by Ben Cochrane and William D. Coldiron of Hoquiam, will be off the press early this summer.
The book describes conditions which existed on Grays Harbor during the 1936 industrial strife.
50 years ago
April 28, 1964
A gutty, meet-saving anchor leg in the 880 relay by Mike Johannes gave Hoquiam a narrow 65 to 62 dual meet verdict over Olympia in a closely-contested track and field test at Emerson Field yesterday. Hoquiam’s mile relay team of Steve Ford, Larry Johnson, Bob Marino and Eldon Bargewell romped home winners in one of the best times posted in southwest Washington this spring, 3:38.5.
April 29, 1964
• A 450-foot float is being constructed this week at the east end of the Port of Willapa Harbor dock.
Jim Bean, manager, said the float will allow longshoremen to get on and off a ship moored at the dolphins there while another ship is loading at the main dock.
• Pounding out 13 hits, Aberdeen High School’s baseballers trounced Elma 12 to 4 in a non-league contest yesterday. Mike Aleksey gave up just two hits while striking out 11, however seven free passes gave Elma several scoring opportunities. Frank Childers, Mike Hoonan and Mike Hatley all had two hits apiece for the Bobcats.
25 years ago
April 28, 1989
Even after throwing 175 pitches, Josh Weese wasn’t too tired to circle the bases. Weese scored all the way from first on a wild pitch and overthrow in the eighth inning to give Quinault a 10-9 victory over North Beach in an error-riddled but exciting Pacific League baseball game Thursday in Moclips.
April 29, 1989
• The staff of the Grizzly Gazette might have to do their work tucked away in a windowless storage room of Hoquiam High School, but that doesn’t mean their light doesn’t shine through.
The newspaper has won eight state and national awards so far this year.
Daniela Almeida was the editor of the Gazett this year.
• Once again, the Aberdeen High School journalists on the Ocean Breeze staff wowed the state at the Washington Press Association’s Scholastic Journalism Contest. Last weekend, the staff picked up 17 individual awards for writing, photography and graphics — more than any other school.
The managing editor is Bob Hogue.
• Aberdeen moved “one step closer to the playoffs,” in coach Ken Waite’s words, after pounding on Shelton’s Highclimbers, 15-4, in a Black Hills League baseball game in Shelton Friday.
Scott Deschenes drove in five runs with four hits, including a home run and double. Catcher Jim Boora collected three hits, two of them doubles and drove in a pair. Boora, Deschenes and winning pitcher Tyson Godfrey scored three runs each.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom