In 1987, Quinaults and Quileutes will carve cedar canoes for state’s Centennial


75 years ago, September 30, 1937

• Chief of Police George S. Dean today announced the following regulations to govern traffic tomorrow afternoon preceding and during the visit of President Roosevelt: No parking will be allowed after noon on Wishkah. Raymond and Pacific County delegation, arriving in a caravan, will be allowed to park on East Wishkah along the railroad tracks by the Wilson Mill. These cars will arrive and leave that point in caravan formation.

• In the “Echoes of the Past: 20 Years Ago Today” column — September 30, 1917: Ed Dolan purchases Phil Locke’s one-third interest in the Weir Theater for $20,000.

• Also in 1917, at least five crews of loggers will be in the Quinault woods soon cutting rived spruce for airplane manufacture.

• In the “Echoes of the Past: 10 Years Ago Today” column — September 30, 1927: Babe Ruth equals his 1921 record by hitting a home run with the bases loaded in a game between Yankees and Senators in New York. It is his 59th homer.

• Also in 1927, site of the proposed West Lumber & Pulp Company plant at Junction City is cleared and work will start soon on the new plant.

• And in 1927, a night blaze at the Donovan No. 1 plant does damage estimated at $15,000.

50 years ago, September 30, 1962

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, September 30, 1987

• For the state’s Centennial in 1989, the Quinault and Quileute tribes will carve thousand-year-old red cedars into ocean-going canoes based on designs that may date back to the glacial age.

The canoes are legendary. They could carry 40 people on their way to a potlatch or a group of hunters following whales and seals for days at a time.

The Indians who paddled them were famous for the seamanship in the North Pacific. “Some of our boys went clear to California … they followed the whale and fish wherever they went,” said Oliver Mason, hereditary chief of the Quinaults.

• From handfuls of pennies to thousands of dollars, contributions given by St. Mary’s School supporters have built a $25,000 covered play area.

Appropriately, the labor of love will be finished just in time for this weekend’s 6th annual Oktoberfest, one of the school’s primary fund raisers.

• Capt. Charles Baker, a reluctant landlubber who had lived in Hoquiam for 85 years, died in Portland Tuesday. He was 100.

“You couldn’t grow up in Hoquiam without knowing Charlie Baker,” said one of the dozens who came to his 100th birthday party last May.

The spry old gentleman stood militarily erect in his Navy uniform as he greeted his guests at his party.

He was a diligent and enthusiastic member of the naval reserves for 35 years. He retired in 1952 as a reserve captain.

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