World Gone By 8/16

75 years ago

August 15, 1939

Starring Grays Harbor Olympians and Olympic peninsula scenery, colored motion pictures will be taken in the Olympic National Park this week for distribution throughout the world in film travelogue form.

Guided by five Olympians (F.W. Mathias, Arnold Russell, Emil Yuni, Robert Keiser and Roy Stubberfield) Chalmer Sinkey, Seattle newsreel man, Mrs. Sinkey and several others headed into the mountains today to film the travelogue and take “stills” for colored plates to be printed in the National Geographic magazine.

August 16, 1939

Grays Harbor WPA workers are expected to receive salary boosts effective Sept. 1. Unskilled workers will get pay boosts from $48 to $52 monthly, intermediate wage groups will be boosted from $55 to $62.40, skilled workers from $70 to $81.90 and professional-technical workers from $77 to $84.50 per month.

August 17, 1939

Backing a truck through a garage building to the office door of the Piston Service store, 208 W. Market in Aberdeen, during the night, safecrackers loaded the company safe into the vehicle and drove away with it, police said today.

The safe contained $63.16 in cash, upward of $300 in check payable to the company and other papers. It weighed between 250 and 300 pound.

50 years ago

August 15, 1964

If you can stand on a stage, under pressure of competition with hundred watching and spell “perspicacity” correctly and follow that with “iconoclast” you can take your stand by a young Hoquiam sixth grader, Steve Salonen.

With an aplomb amazing to see, this recent graduate of Washington Grade School did just that yesterday to capture the spelling championship of the Twin Harbors.

The youngest winner ever walked off with the $80 first prize after besting an almost equally confident Gary Preble of Aberdeen. Preble, the boy who learned to play baseball one-handed after losing his right arm a few years ago, needed no hands at all to capture the $50 second prize. In third place, good for $30, Mike Maki of Cosmopolis, who had surprised himself a couple of times in the preliminary oral rounds by spelling correctly words he was not sure of.

August 16, 1964

Sunday, no newspaper published

August 17, 1964

“It has been wonderful. I’m so very happy,” Mrs. David McNutt said of the 25,742 persons who passed through the gates of the Grays Harbor District Fair at Elma. Official attendance Sunday was 8,225 and Saturday saw 7,100 persons crowding the grounds.

Mrs. McNutt appeared to be experiencing that sensation an actor feels when a show closes. As manager, the Fair has been a labor of love for Arlene McNutt and now it was over. Over at least for those who passed through the gates. The grounds crews, office staff, board of directors and Mrs. McNutt have the big job of cleaning up the place. Then, they start work on the 1965 Fair.

25 years ago

August 15, 1989

• The opening today of a miniature golf course in Aberdeen’s SouthShore Mall has launched what organizers hope will become a popular family recreation center for the Harbor.

Northwoods Golf, a compact 18-hole putting range built around a lavish interior design of live plants and water, sets new definitions for indoor miniature golf courses. “We tried to take what they do on the outdoor courses and condense it in a smaller, much more refined area,” said owner Ron Duncan, a former electrical contractor from the Bellingham area.

• The new belltower for St. Andrews Episcopla Church was installed Monday. The tower, taken down two years ago, was designed by Bob Street, a member of the congregation. Father Tom Halbrook and Street designed a cross that will sit atop the tower. The bell was originally installed in 1942 in memory of the parents of Herbert, Charles and Robert Lane.

August 16, 1989

The tall ship Lady Washington is solidly built and ready for the open ocean, Coast Guard officials said Tuesday.

Their award of full certification means plans for a September voyage to Columbia River ports can be finalized, said Executive Director Tom Fisher at the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in Aberdeen.

The vessel is now approved for overnight accommodations of up to 20 people, including crew and can take paying passengers across the Grays Harbor bar.

August 17, 1989

They had only been in the old Hoquiam train depot a few times, but this time three teenagers trying to restore it would be joined by a congresswoman they hope will help them.

They swept the cracked plaster and broken window glass into a corner of what must have been the main waiting room, carefully spread the old blueprints out on a ticket counter and waited for Rep. Jolene Unsoeld, touring her district during the congressional recess.

Jeremy Korst, Jason Bosarge and John Heidenreich have formed an organization called “Save the Train Station,” although Heidenreich is quick to say it was his two friends who started the group. There are now 15 paid members and about 20 volunteers, a mix of youngsters and adults, Korst said.

The boys’ group has joined forces with another, the Grays Harbor Original Steam Transportation Society. Rick Hickerson of Aberdeen is president of that group and helped make the pitch to Unsoeld.

Members would like to restore the station a a museum in tribute of the logging trains that operated in this area. Hickerson says he has identified a train in Shelton that could be restored, relatively cheaply and made to run again.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom


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