100 years ago in the Washie

August 17, 1914

Wishkah pavement not yet paid for

In the East Wishkah street pavement Aberdeen has a hard nut to crack, the hardest ever, in fact. The job has been completed by the Grays Harbor Construction company of Hoquiam and has been finished for a long time, but money in payment for the contract is held up because the councilmen are not sure it will remain satisfactory.

The Northern Pacific railroad tracks extend along the street. After the pavement was laid, trains caused it to crack badly. The contracting company made repairs and Engineer Kelsey approves the job and recommends the contractors be paid, but still the council hesitates. The contractors claim they in every way have complied with their agreement, and the engineer tells the council they have. The theory is that the railroad company should be held responsible for future damage to the pavement, but it is claimed this is not possible because the railroad company has the right to operate trains over the street and was on the ground first.

August 18, 1914

Do you ever figure while you iron

How many steps you take between the stove and ironing board getting hot irons — that is, if you are still using the old-fashioned “sad” irons. And every little while you must put more wood into the fire to keep it good and hot — that is, if you are still using the old-fashioned “sad” irons. And the iron is hot, and the stove is hot, and the room is hot, and you are hot — that is, if you are still using the old-fashioned “sad” irons.

Now, why don’t you get a “glad” iron — that’s an Electric Iron. You won’t need to take all those steps after hot irons; you won’t need to keep jamming wood into the fire, the room and yourself will be cool and comfortable and you will complete your ironing in two-thirds the regular time — that is, if you use an Electric Iron.

Order one today — right now — by phone. The price is $3.50, complete with cord, and they’re guaranteed for 10 long years.

We sell it to you on the easy payment plan if you wish. Grays Harbor Railway &Light Company, Arcade Theater Building, Phone 5.

August, 19, 1914

Cosmopolis Mill is threatened by fire

Fire which broke out in the dry kiln of the shingle mill of the Grays Harbor Commercial company in Cosmopolis shortly after 4 o’clock this afternoon entailed considerable loss and for a time gave the operatives of the plant a bad scare.

Discovery of the flames resulted in a general alarm and the fire department of the big mill company went to work with alacrity, extinguishing the fire after a quantity of shingles had been ruined. The dryness of the mill property caused by the drought caused much apprehension for a time.

August 23, 1914

Eagles to picnic at Westport

The long-heralded Eagles’ picnic will be held today at Westport and it is expected that 1,400 Eagles and friends from all parts of the Grays Harbor district will attend. Eight steamers and power boats will convey the crowds from Hoquiam and Aberdeen.

The sports program will begin at 11 o’clock, will suspend for an hour at noon, and will continue in the afternoon until completed. The events are: Boys’ 100-yard dash, men’s centipede race, fat man’s race, girls’ race, ladies’ race, lean man’s race, ladies’ hoobble skirt race, baby race, relay race, married men vs. single men; tug-of-war, Hoquiam lodge vs. Aberdeen lodge; baseball match, Hoquiam Eagles vs. Polson’s Camp No. 5; horse races, mile, half-mile and quarter mile, all free-for-alls.

August, 25, 1914

Train for beach wrecked near Onslow

The Northern Pacific train to the beach partially jumped the track Sunday evening at Onslow, about half way between Carlisle and Stearnsville, owing to the roadbed giving away. While the locomotive and also the observation car kept the rails, the middle cars went to one side but did not quite turn over, the engineer instantly setting the brakes. The smoking car, however, was at a sharp angle over the 10-foot embankment, held only by the couplings which connected it with the baggage car and the day coach.

About 20 passengers were on the train, but no one was injured beyond receiving a bumping, as the train was proceeding slowly when the accident occurred.

The passengers, some of whom climbed out of the windows, were transferred to autos and taken on to the beach, while the smoking car was stayed with guy wires to keep it from rolling over the embankment.

August 26, 1914

A. H. Kuhn tells of war times in England

Sight-seeing in the British Isles when the European war broke out, A. H. Kuhn of Hoquiam has been an interested observer of warlike events, though not in the immediate war zone. Advices on the outbreak of war were to the effect Mr. Kuhn was in Ireland, after about a year of European travel.

Sunday a letter was received by R. E. Dawdy from Mr. Kuhn, dated London, Aug. 8, in which the Hoquiam globe-trotter made some interesting references to current events as he had observed them. “I saw at York on Sunday, 45,000 soldiers loaded on the train in two hours,” wrote Mr. Kuhn in one part. “We don’t know when we will sail, as American boats are all booked to Nov. 1.” Another part reads: “There are over 60,000 Americans here now, and over 40,000 across the English channel. Another sentence shows the scale on which Great Britain has been contributing to the land forces of the allies, facts which were not allowed to come over the cables, Mr. Kuhn wrote two and a half weeks ago: “I was done with an Englishman, and saw 300,000 soldiers embarking for Belgium.”

August, 29, 1914

Pays Husband $15 to get rid of him

For the sum of $15 cash paid to E. Cantronnann, Mrs. Cantronnann rids herself of her husband. For that amount he promised in police court this evening to never intentionally cross his wife’s path again. By another stipulation in the agreement, the man secured his liberty.

Cantronnann has long pestered his wife, it is claimed. Yesterday he was arrested on her complaint, that Cantronnann had threatened her life.

The woman made the cash offer to her husband. He accepted it. She left the court room with friends greatly relieved. Cantronnann lighted a cigarette, remarked he was “off for good” and shuffled out of the station.


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