75 years ago, October 25, 1937
With a roar that shook the hills and quaked the bearded old fir trees, an army of no less than 2,500 hunters yesterday blasted their way through Olympic peninsula elk herds.
Up until noon today 70 elk — bulls, spikes, cows and calves — had been checked out at the Salonie ranger station, six miles south of Lake Quinault.
Returning hunters said that western Jefferson County at daybreak yesterday sounded like the scene of widespread guerilla war and especially in the upper Hoh River Valley when gunfire was like a major battle.
One party it was reported came down the upper Quinault River from Graves Creek to the Forks and at one spot saw 13 elk dead in a space less than one city block.
50 years ago, October 25, 1962
• Grays Harbor residents who paid for tickets for the Mahalia Jackson concert, announced for Hoquiam last August and then canceled, apparently have lost their money.
The information was given out today by Orville Peebles, deputy prosecutor. Peebles said he has been advised that the concert agent, James Williams, pulled the same trick on Seattle residents and Federal authorities are now investigating the case to see if mail fraud is involved.
• Kenneth Butler will continue as Aberdeen’s Chief of Police. After last night’s City Council meeting Mayor Walt Failor read a statement: “There apparently have been many rumors circulating in our community for the past several days that our Chief of Police would be leaving. These rumors are not true and I would like to put them to rest once and for all.
“Chief Butler is and will remain our chief of Police and I would like to state that I am extremely pleased and proud of the manner in which he has carried out his duties as chief. In my opinion we have one of the finest law enforcement officers in the state heading our police department.”
25 years ago, October 25, 1987
• It took a little clowning around but Jenny Goeres has finally made her face look the way she wants it to. Well, it’s not really her face, it belongs to a clown named Snickers.
Mrs. Goeres and her husband Bill (Zipper) got their start as clowns through work with their church. Later they took a class through 4-H where they learned the fine points of clowning from a Ringling Bros. Circus clown and a woman who trains the clowns for the Puyallup Fair.
• When the bus rolls into Curfman Farms in Oakville, little noses are pressed against the windows. Excitement is high. There’s nothing quite like visiting the farm to pick out your first pumpkin.
Farm owners Cliff and Avis Curfman have been opening their doors to schoolchildren for the past eight years. Each child picks a pumpkin to take home and that’s hundreds of pumpkins a year. But the Curfmans are rewarded by the children’s glowing faces and obvious thrill of discovery in the fields.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.