100 years ago in the Washie

These stories were originally published in the Washingtonian 100 years ago this week. The “Washie,” Hoquiam’s paper, was published daily from 1903 to 1951 and for six more years as a weekly, folding in 1957. The stories are selected by Polson Museum Director John Larson and museum volunteer Sue Moyer.

July 19, 1914

Dr. Green talks of war

The oration of Dr. Thomas Green at the Chautauqua festival was memorable. He pointed out the economic waste of war, and the ruinous effects it left on every country that become involved in the same. No civilized nation today, he said, contemplated war with any feelings but abhorrence and apprehension.

The famous lecturer held that the United States was necessary to the other nations, being the world’s breadbasket, and that it therefore might consider itself as immune from attack. Under these conditions, he claimed, this nation could exemplify the policy of disarmament, and show the other nations how to do it. All the great powers wanted to disarm, he asserted, but did not know how to accomplish it with safety to themselves, and their dependencies.

Fire in asphalt plant is dangerous for a time

Fire that broke out in the asphalt plant of the Grays Harbor Construction company, on the dock at the corner of Seventh and Levee streets, created widespread excitement about 7 o’clock last evening, but the prompt work of the fire department under Fire Chief W. E. Crawford checked and extinguished the blaze before it had well started.

Hundreds of barrels of asphalt were in the immediate vicinity of the plant, on both Seventh and Levee streets, and if the fire had once gotten away, a dangerous conflagration would have resulted. Damage was estimated at $75.

July 20, 1914

Aberdeen may be rid of plank streets

It is gleaned from members of the council that a report will be turned in at the next meeting of the council, in all probability, recommending the condemnation of Wishkah, Hume, First, Washington and several other streets where the planking is in dangerous shape, until suitable improvements can be made.

A member of the council said this evening that in all probability Hume, Wishkah, First and Washington streets would be paved this summer.

July 22, 1914

Patterson drives auto through to lake

W. J. Patterson of Aberdeen yesterday drove his auto through to Lake Quinault over the partially completed Olympic highway, the first car to make the trip this year and the first car over the new road, which is to be practically completed this fall. Mr. Patterson made the trip in a Ford, the road in its present condition being too soft for a heavy car.

July 24, 1914

Picnicker is killed by train

Falling from the Northern Pacific excursion train upon which he was riding as a passenger, when the train suddenly parted beneath his feet while he was stepping from one vestibule to another, William C. Anderson of Aberdeen, a carpenter, aged about 30 years, was thrown under the wheels of the car from which he was stepping, and his body virtually severed at the waist, death being instant.

The accident occurred on the train from Aberdeen to Moclips with a section of the merchants’ picnic crowd, yesterday morning at 10:15 o’clock, a mile and a half east of Carlisle.

July 28, 1914

Ted Faulk confesses he set air-brakes on train

When Ted Faulk, one of the star players on the champion high school football team, manfully shouldered responsibility for setting the air brakes on the Northern Pacific train to Moclips last Thursday which carried excursionists to the merchants’ picnic, he made himself liable to prosecution for a felony, conviction for which, the sentence is 25 years in the penitentiary. Prosecuting Attorney Stewart said this evening that much as he deplored prosecuting Faulk, he could see no way out of it is performing his duty.

Faulk told his story in a straight-forward manner. He said the rear door was not locked, and he and his companions went onto the rear platform. They toyed with the small valve, which blows the whistle, and then Faulk, ignorant he declared, of the agency of the larger valve, but supposing it made the whistle blow louder, opened it wide. The brakes were immediately set.

July 29, 1914

New picture show house to open tonight

Hoquiam’s new picture house, the Electric theater, will open its doors tonight, when a fine hand-colored film in four reels entitled “The Royal Imposter,” by the Electric company will be thrown on the screen.

It is less than two weeks since the intention of C. O. Swanson said W. A. Connell to enter the “movie” field was announced, and the home of the new venture, in the Swanson block, has been converted and furnished in record time. The floor, with opera chairs for an audience of 400 persons, slopes toward the screen, at either side of which is a rear exit.

July 31, 1914

Hoquiam Sawyer is bought by O. M. Moore

Announcement was made yesterday afternoon that O. M. Moore had for the third time yielded to the seductions of Hoquiam’s classic climate, inspiring landscapes and genial atmosphere and had again become a proprietor of a Hoquiam newspaper. Mr. Moore yesterday closed a deal for the purchase of the Hoquiam Sawyer, buying out the interests of Louis J. Mason and John A. P. Mason, who have conducted that weekly for the last five years.

After stating he would continue the Sawyer as a weekly Mr. Moore left for Seattle to close out his private interests there, and as soon as that is accomplished he will return here and assume charge of his new property. Mr. Moore founded The Washingtonian 26 years ago.


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