100 years ago in the Washie


Feb. 15, 1914

Children Make Rush To Secure Balloons

Frank Gillett’s drug store was the scene of a near riot participated in by more than 200 children yesterday morning. The occasion was the distribution of 200 toy balloons for advertising purposes. About a dozen of the little fellows were on guard, waiting at the door, when the store was opened in the morning, and before Mr. Gillett was able to organize his forces the store was filled to overflowing. Finally, with assistance of three other men, Frank got the children outside formed in line, and with great difficulty, the formation was preserved until the last balloon was gone. Three men were kept busy for about an hour filling and tieing the balloons and passing them out to the moving line. When the last toy was gone there were several loud wails of woo from those who didn’t get one.

One little fellow, not more than four years old, was almost crushed in the jam following the opening of the store and was rescued after considerable difficulty.

Pythian Knights Convene Here Thursday

All preparations for entertaining the annual convention of the sixth Pythian district and the golden jubilee celebration of the semi-centennial of the Knights of Pythias, next Tuesday evening, are completed. The business session of the convention will begin at 7 o’clock at Eagles’ hall, where the ceremonies will be held. Fully 100 visitors are expected from Olympia, Shelton, McCleary, Elma, Montesano and Aberdeen.

In addition to the ritualistic services, several speakers of prominence will be heard and a banquet served. Loyal Pythians are putting forth every effort to make this double celebration one long to be remembered. This is in the nature of an open meeting and many friends of the Knights are being invited.

Feb. 16, 1914

The following three stories were originally published on February 15, 1914.

Billlboard Owners Will Make A Fight

“You say for me,” said A. V. Loy of the West Coast Advertising bureau this afternoon, “that the rumor that double deck billboards would be torn down by any company in compliance with the city ordinance is not true. Those billboards are going to remain where they are until the highest courts of this state declare they exist illegally. We claim the city has no right to order destroyed this part of our business and we intend to fight. We are confident the courts will agree with us in our contention.”

City Attorney Cross is preparing papers and will begin suit in superior court next week to force compliance with the ordinance. The city officials are just as optimistic that they will be successful in a litigation as is the billboard concern. Public feeling seems to be strongly in favor of doing away with these unsightly and dangerous structures.

Feb. 17, 1914

Logger Is Felled As He Leaves Bunkhouse

Stepping out into the dark night from the bunkhouse door, Victor Mackey, a logger employed at the Coates railroad camp, received a blow on the head early this morning that felled him and shortly afterwards prompted his friends to send him to the hospital here. There is a gash on the top of his head fully three and a half inches long. A warrant has been sworn out for John Uotila, charging him with the assault.

Mackey claims that shortly before the attack on him Uotila asked him for a cigarrette paper and tobacco. Mackey says he told the foreigner to buy his own papers and tobacco. Not long afterwards he left the bunkhouse and says he was attacked by Uotila, as he stepped out. Mackey’s wound is not serious, but easily might have fractured the man’s skull.

Moclips Men Are Fighting As Usual

Moclips must be a pleasant place to live judging from the evidences of harmony and brotherly love that shown forth from those who were here today for and against the vacation of Fourth street to allow E. E. Southerland to build a sea wall to protect his own property.

Among the opposers, who brought a long petition, were H. W. Forwood and Mr. Drew. They claimed Mr. Sutherland was seeking to destroy competition and grab public property and described him as a man without the interests of the public at heart.

Mr. Sutherland had a better selection of epithets for those who were his opponents. He referred to them as anarchists and knockers and blatherskites and such like.

At one time it looked as if fists were to be resorted to. Mr. Sutherland in his ire grabbed Mr. Forwood by the lapel of his coat and started to jerk him away from the commissioners’ table until Chairman Wilson’s sharp call to order prevailed. Mr. Forwood only grinned.

Sutherland, it is said, is one of the Moclips citizens who succeeded in bringing the big crowds to the beach last season. Besides wishing to protect his property one of his objects is stated today is to make a place for a “mechanical trip” and a “crazy house” attractions for next summer. He says the N. P. has promised him if he will put in these and other attractions it will run excursions another year, and he had pledged himself to do it.

Owing to the continual scrapping the commissioners put off their decision until afternoon. It is doubtful if they will vacate the street, but if possible they will fix things so Mr. Sutherland will be protected in making the improvements he

Feb. 19, 1914

Who Will Handle The Weather Signals?

Hoquiam is to lose in the near future its weather signal service, which has been rendered voluntarily by A. Ponischill, unless some other person will volunteer to keep the flags flying. Mr. Ponischill tendered his resignation last Saturday to the Seattle office of the climatological department of the weather bureau.

G. N. Salisbury, the observer, in a letter received yesterday, thanked Mr. Ponischill for his services and expressed regret he cannot continue his work, for the benefit of the community.

“Continuation of the weather foreccast service to Hoquiam rests with the citizens themselves,” writes Mr. Salisbury. “If they desire it continued someone must volunteer to look after the messages and display of proper signals without compensation from the United States, as no money is set aside for such purposes. All the weather bureau can do is to furnish signal flags and pay for telegrams. The bureau itself gets no benefit from the displays and its interest in the matter is a desire to extend its forecasts and warnings to those who desire them, for their possible protection, interest of profit.”

If no one desires to become Mr. Ponischill’s successor, the section director will recommend the cessation of forecast telegrams and the flags will be returned to Seattle.

Land Company Uses Eggs To Make A Good Exhibit

Another unique sign has appeared in the show window of the Grays Harbor Land company, advertising one of the Harbor’s infant industries. It is two hens’ eggs of mammoth proportions, with this legend in the background:

“Even the hens of Grays Harbor are embued with the idea of bigger things. The hen that laid these eggs has been reading about the high cost of living and has tried her best. Weight, four ounces each. The hen lives on the Egge ranch, New London.”

Feb. 20, 1914

New Studio Is Opened

The Jones studio, in the Realty building, has been opened for business and the proprietors, W. L. Jones and B. B. Jones, say they are prepared to make photographs of everybody who come. Though they have opened for business in their new studio they have not entirely finished arranging the studio to their satisfaction. When it is complete the Jones studio is expected to be one of the finest in the Southwest.

Careful plans have been made to secure proper light effects and the best obtainable has resulted. For dark days and evening work special gas arcs have been installed. The studio will specialize in artistic portrait work and amateur finishing.

 

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