75 years ago, April 8/9, 1938
• Conrad Wise, 12 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Huber Wise of 1003 North I St. in Aberdeen, hates to be called a child prodigy but here is a partial list of what he has accomplished so far — he has written a full length book and is working on a second; is finishing an opera in French based on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”; has studied astronomy and archaeology; is being home-schooled in Latin, general science, algebra and geometry.
• Abandonment of the George B. Miller natatorium and gymnasium building until such time as a special election may be called, at the discretion of the school board, to offer some plan to voters of this district for legal disposition of first and second mortgage claims was proposed last night at a school board meeting by Robert Ingram, board member.
Ingram warned that the proposal, if adopted, would mean cutting off athletics until the problem is solved. Superintendent C.J. Powell said physical education for high school boys could be carried on at the school for the rest of the school year but that showers would have to be installed.
• In the “Echoes of the Past: 10 Years Ago Today” column — April 9, 1928: Plans are being made in Hoquiam for a celebration to mark the opening of the city’s new $415,000 Simpson Avenue bridge, now nearing completion.
Also in 1928, the D&R Theater prepares to start operation of its new talking movie machine, the first on the Harbor.
50 years ago, April 8/9, 1963
• Good Driving Pays!
That’s what five Grays Harbor area residents will discover this week as the police departments of Aberdeen and Hoquiam cooperate with the Automobile club of Washington in a careful driver safety campaign.
Each day a police officer and representative of the Auto Club will cruise through the area looking for a motorist who is doing a particularly good job of driving.
The good driver will be awarded with a merchandise package that consists of an AAA membership, lube job and safety inspection, a free dinner, a corsage and a flashlight, the whole package being worth about $35.
• A six-ride amusement park, aimed primarily at entertaining sub-teens, will be set up and operating at Ocean Shores in about four weeks, Leck Miller, resort manager, announced today. The park will operate full time every day of the week, all summer long and will be going weekends for an additional season.
An area just east of the present business mall in the center of Ocean Shores has been filled to grade and will be surfaced to form the park.
The six rides are: Bulgy the Whale, Midge-O-Racer, Wet Boats, Sky Fighter, Kiddy Coaster and Rock-O-Plane.
• “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 The South Beaches is written by Karin Gunderson.
Westport, the jewel of the area, is a sports fisherman’s paradise and recently hosted a visit by members of the presidential family.
An industry which receives little publicity but which gives the area the look and feel of New England, is the cultivation and processing for shipment of cranberries near Grayland.
At Tokeland, you can see the interesting effects of wave action in distributing sand. Tokeland’s lighthouse is newer than Chehalis Light.
From Tokeland to Raymond, a new road borders the north edge of Willapa Harbor. It is a tourist’s delight offering everything from towering hills, forests and tidal marshes.
25 years ago, April 8/9, 1988
• A novel logger-designed-and-built bridge of cables and cedar timbers has finally fallen to the never-tiring Quinault River.
The bridge had been placed on the National Register of Historic Places some 20 years earlier.
The Chow Chow Bridge, a forerunner of cable-stayed bridges and an example of the pioneering spirit of the Northwest, was discovered collapsed in the river Friday morning, according to Larry Workman, Quinault Tribal Forester.
The span had carried the main log truck traffic between the north and south part of the reservation from its opening in September 1953 until it was closed because the river had undermined support timbers in late 1985.
• A 28-year-old Hoquiam woman was bearly assaulted Friday afternoon when her live-in boyfriend threw her son’s teddy bear at her, she told police.
She received a bloody nose from the impact because the small brown bear contained a music box.
She “did say that she didn’t want (the boyfriend) arrested and taken to jail but did want to file charges and to have him go to court,” the police report said.
The police said they had “no idea” what song the bear played.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.