75 years ago
May 28, 1939
Sunday, no newspaper published.
May 29, 1939
An advancing tide of cheers thundered over Vancouver, B.C. today as King George and Queen Elizabeth, nearing the end of the westward tour of Canada, received homage of Canada’s Pacific gateway.
Cheers of 500,000 to 600,000 people, double Vancouver’s normal population, echoed a 21-gun salute as the monarchs began their triumphant tour of the British Empire’s western gateway.
50 years ago
May 28, 1964
• The David King family has the unusual distinction of contributing both a mother and daughter to the 1964 graduating class of Wishkah Valley High School.
The mother, Mrs. Hazel King, joined her daughter Lena in the classrooms three years ago. She completed four years of study in three years — and while continuing her duties as a housewife and as bookkeeper for her husband’s company, Kirby Cedar on the East Hoquiam Road.
Mrs. King, who plans to attend Grays Harbor College and hopes eventually to teach history to high school students, explains that she had to leave school at age 15 when her mother died and she had to go to work.
• People going to work this morning in Aberdeen, seeing an unusual number of girls riding bicycles, knew instinctively that today must be Girls’ Bike Day at Weatherwax High. It was. Bikes by the hundreds converge on the school for this annual spring occasion, and for one day at least, there is presumably, a considerable saving in both shoe leather and gasoline.
May 29, 1964
For the past two weeks, 100 square miles of spectacular terrain around the mountain community of Grisdale have been the scene of “war games.”
It represents the type of warfare the Army now expects to find itself most likely engaged in. There were 2,200 soldiers in the “friendly forces” and just 200 on the “enemy” guerrilla side — all members of the 4th Infantry Division 1st Brigade at Fort Lewis.
“The terrain was different (than Viet Nam) but the tactics were the same,” according to Capt Dean Darling, a 1960 West Point graduate who returned from Southeast Asia in December after 18 months as a military advisor. The trained ranger was dubbed “El Bardo” and temporarily promoted to colonel for the exercises.
25 years ago
May 28, 1989
There’s no doubt Grays Harbor residents are celebrating the state’s centennial. Passersby can view the nearly 23 completed murals that have brightened walls of businesses, schools and parks.
Some of the historic murals are the log rollers in Hoquiam, the signing of the Cosmopolis Indian Treaty, the Aberdeen Train Station and The Story of Aberdeen, painted by students and on display at Morrison Riverfront Park.
Other historical murals are the Lars Anderson Fishing Scow at Westport, Clam Diggers in Grayland, the Sighting of the Lone Tree in Ocean Shores and an 1883 scene in Montesano.
With any luck on a clear day, drivers crossing the Chehalis River Bridge to South Aberdeen can see The Daily World’s editorial cartoonist Bob McCausland on his scaffold at the Swanson’s grocery store.
McCausland, 73 is painting a 160-foot mural on the store wall.
The scene is of a grocer making a delivery with the Swanson’s truck. In the background, the USS Constitution — which visited Aberdeen in 1932 — is tied to the docks on the Chehalis River. Boom men are shown working near the mill. And the doors of the store’s loading platform will be painted over and used as the doorways of the mill.
• Although he was seven seconds off last year’s pace, “Tiny” McVey took just 22 seconds to down all 30 oysters and clinch the title of champion oyster eater for the second year in a row at South Bend’s Oyster Stampede Saturday.
May 29, 1989
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom