In 1938, Aberdeen Elks fake “shot-down” in Kelso at convention


75 years ago

July 29, 1938

Vanguard of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia cyclists were rolling into Aberdeen this afternoon for the annual Northwest Motorcycle association convention and gypsy tour.

At least 1,500 riders representing 25 to 30 Northwest clubs will be the city’s guests during the three-day session.

Visiting riders, wearing gaily colored uniforms, will take part in a parade tomorrow night. They will assemble at 6:30 o’clock at the Grays Harbor club house on Curtis Street in South Aberdeen and ride over the West Bridge, down Heron to L, on Wishkah to F and then to Stewart Field for the races and show.

July 30, 1938

Aberdeen Elks “stole the show” with a fake shooting act that left a huge group gasping at a stunt program presented last night at the annual state convention in Kelso.

Eddie Alexander, prominent Aberdeen Elk and a candidate for a state office, was the “victim” with Lloyd Wynans, member of the Aberdeen drill team, playing the part of the intoxicated “slayer” who “shot-down” Alexander while the latter was addressing the big throng.

State police and an ambulance at the scene provided effective “props” for the stunt.

The awe-stricken spectators were discussing the unprecedented “tragedy” one minute later when newsboys appeared on the scene with the “Aberdeen Bugle” carrying full details of the killing.

It was only then that the crowd realized it had been hoaxed and horror and excitement gave way to laughter. The crowd fought for the 600 “extras” which were printed in Aberdeen last week.

50 years ago

July 29, 1963

It’s on to Kellogg, Idaho, and the NW Regionals for the state champion Aberdeen Nationals Babe Ruth League team.

Coming from behind for the third straight day to win, Aberdeen edged Queen Ann 3 to 2 in a tension-packed championship game in Camas yesterday to qualify for the 8-team, double elimination Ruth regional tournament at Kellogg.

“We’ve won six games by a total of 7 runs,” said Manager Ken Lind. “We won five games by one run. I feel as if I aged 20 years over the weekend.”

July 30, 1963

“The big reason we won at Camas was because of the great morale our kids had throughout the tournament,” Don Narrance, so-manager of the state champion Aberdeen Babe Ruth team noted. “They just wouldn’t be beat. They’re a great bunch of kids.” Mike Aleksey, Steve Foshaug and Mike Hatley all turned in stellar pitching jobs.

25 years ago

July 29, 1988

• In April they agreed to agree. Now they’ve made a deal.

Grays Harbor Community Hospital is purchasing St. Joseph Hospital for $2 million.

• Three historical murals, now almost complete in Westport and Grayland, have many residents in awe of the talent unfolding before their eyes.

Renowned western artist Burton Dinius of Westport and his daughter Alexandra Gallagher of Tokeland are painting the old, fish processing area at Washington Crab Producers in Wesport.

Design engineer, technical art and consultant and marine postcard artist Robert Barnes and his son Robert Jr. of Bellingham are painting an 1890s clam digging scene at the Grayland Fire Station.

And artist-cartoonist Robert McCausland of Tokeland is completing a mural of the sternwheeler Harbor Belle on the Union Oil Distributors building in Westport.

July 30, 1988

• An erroneous survey in 1892 shorted the Quinault Indians out of at least 15,000 acres of reservation land. Now Congress may help them get it back.

At today’s prices, the Lake Quinault-area timberland, which is now mostly owned by the Forest Service, could be worth about $50 million, maybe more, according to a rough estimate by the tribe.

It would just about double the Quinault Indian Nation’s productive timberland, said tribal chairman Joe DeLaCruz.

• In 1951, Francis “Francie” Boerner took a job as deckhand on the Robert Gray dredge, operated by the Port of Grays Harbor.

W. J. Murphy Sr. was Manager when Francis first came to work for the port. He has worked for five more managers since that time and retires July 30 after more than 30 years of service.

Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.