In 1988, would anyone like to buy West Wishkah River Bridge?


75 years ago, March 30, 1938

• Judge R.E. Taggart fingered through a large sheaf of treasurer’s receipts — a half million dollars worth. They represented police court fines for the 21 years he has presided over Aberdeen’s court and were further proof that crime doesn’t pay — but the law violator does.

Taggart was first named to police judge April 1, 1917, a position he held in the heydey of prohibition when police receipts climbed to dizzy heights, attaining a peak of more than $45,000 in 1928. His court once set a record of disposing of 69 cases in a few seconds over 15 minutes.

• In the “Echoes of the Past: 10 Years Ago Today” column — March 30, 1928: Australians are said to be clamoring for revision of the country’s immigration policy to ban Negroes and to limit incoming Italians.

50 years ago, March 30, 1963

• “Where Away?” is a column written by Weatherwax High School students in William Lucas’ creative writing class. It features attractions within a day’s outing of Aberdeen. Today’s column, about Swinging Bridge Park is written by Tanya Kalinowski.

Obviously the area was given its name because of the swinging foot-bridge high above the Satsop River which is perfectly safe to cross. There are interesting paths for those who find nature walks or a quiet ramble enjoyable. The river itself provides a cool refreshing dip with a swimming hole for the experienced swimmer.

To reach the park, follow U.S. 410 east from Aberdeen. Turn left at Brady and continue north to the park.

• Pvt. Dennis Maupin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mearl Maupin of Tecumseth St. in Aberdeen, has finished the Army Airborne course at Fort Benning, Ga. and has been awarded his certificate and silver wings.

He received his basic training at Fort Ord, Calif., prior to attending paratroop school in Georgia.

“Jumping from a plane is fun but scary,” says Maupin who made five jumps without mishap to win his wings.

25 years ago, March 30, 1988

• You’ve heard of trying to sell the Brooklyn Bridge? Well, does Grays Harbor County have a deal for you!

The county is offering the historic West Wishkah River Bridge at no cost to anyone interested in relocating and maintaining it “in accordance with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards of Rehabilitation.”

That’s a tall order.

The recipient would bear the cost of “dismantling, moving, reassembling, rehabilitation and maintaining the structure,” according to county records.

The 120-foot wooden-planked bridge that was built in 1915 has a unique design and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in April of 1980.

• Ian Dorsch, St. Mary’s School seventh grader, won a second place in extemporaneous reading at a Catholic schools speech tournament Saturday. Besides Ian, Noelle Brecek and Kacey Evans were finalists in the tournament, she in dramatic interpretation and he in extemporaneous reading.

“It was an exciting experience for my students,” said school librarian Thereza Quigg who was their coach.

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