Lifelong Harborite Elmer Anderson will be celebrating his 100th birthday this week.
He was born March 7, 1914, in Hoquiam, grew up on Railroad Avenue and graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1935 at the age of 21.
The family spoke Swedish and Elmer didn’t learn to speak English until School Administrator Crumpacker came to the house and told the family that Elmer needed to go to school. He was 9 years old at the time.
He was a drummer in the Hoquiam High School band and later played professionally on Grays Harbor. He worked at Hoquiam Plywood for many years before retirement. He liked working in his garden and chopping wood for friends and family. Elmer lived with his late sister Ellen and two nephews, Richard and Robert.
Everyone is invited to the celebration for his 100th birthday that will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Saron Lutheran Church in Hoquiam.