75 years ago, April 1/2, 1938
• Eight Roosevelt elk, two bulls and six cows, were released by state game protectors shortly before midnight last night in the Vesta Creek grade area in the North River country, about 25 miles from Aberdeen, in the first step to restock the section with elk.
Game Protector Jack Handron said the elk suffered no damage in their trip from the Elwah River bottom area, and when released ran a short distance from the truck, turned and looked at the people and then slowly ambled away into the brush.
• Champion of all Grays Harbor Junior College beard growers is George Pettainen, who last night won the title at the Days of ’49 carnival at the college.
He edged out Paul Bitar by the proverbial “whisker.” The contest has been running since Feb. 14.
• Tom Brennan, owner of Brennan’s Crockery and Hardware store in Aberdeen, today announced he has purchased the stock of the Minard and Company store. The Minard Company simultaneously revealed it is discontinuing its Aberdeen branch.
Mr. Brennan said the main part of the stock consists of a complete line of Norge equipment and home appliances including refrigerators, washing machines, ironers, gas and electric ranges, furnaces and air conditioning units.
50 years ago, April 1/2, 1963
• An entirely new concrete-block Safeway store in Hoquiam will be built back of the present store, a Safeway official in Bellevue announced today.
Plans now call for a 15,000 square foot new building — twice the present size. The new parking lot (located where the present store is) will accommodate 67 cars.
• James Jackson, operator of the Jackson Shake Company mill at Moclips, was elected new chairman of the Quinault Tribal Council at the tribe’s annual meeting Saturday.
Jackson was vice president and Horton Capoeman, outgoing chairman was elected to take Jackson’s old position.
• The shortage of boxcars for shipping processed shakes has put about 50 men out of work at the Western Shake Co. on Hoquiam’s Fifth Street Extension.
“We need six boxcars a week and we have been getting only two a week,” Melvin Harper of the firm said. “We have been told by the railroads that in about 30 days we may get the cars we want.” Meanwhile, production must be slowed until the cars arrive.
• Two men were overcome by sulphur dioxide fumes at the Weyerhaeuser Pulp Mill, Cosmopolis, early this morning and were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Ray Wenger of Montesano and Don Beatty of Aberdeen were overcome shortly before 2 a.m. when a faultily-tightened valve began leaking.
25 years ago, April 1/2, 1988
• Aberdeen High School students uncovered a hidden treasure this week as they worked to beautify the campus.
As they stripped the ivy off the huge elm tree in front of the office, a plaque from 1937 was revealed at its base.
“This elm from Washington’s tomb at Mt. Vernon presented to Aberdeen School District No. 5 in October 1914 by Eldridge Wheeler. Erected by Weatherwax Student Body 1937.”
As he dug holes to plant shrubs, pink rhododendrons and lavender heather along the retaining wall, senior Randy Gibby said that most of his fellow students are impressed with the project.
“We’ll make more big planters out of railroad ties,” said Tina Slimp, whose while lace shirt and pumps didn’t keep her from doing her share of the digging.
• The Anderson & Middleton Lumber Co. has notified the International Woodworkers of America that it is “contemplating” the closure of its logging operations.
Exact reasons for the company to consider such a move were not clear Friday. Union officials would not speculate and Jim Middleton, a partner in the company, wouldn’t elaborate.
• The Washington Korean Veteran’s Memorial Fund Committee will meet in Olympia Monday to organize fund-raising events for a Korean Veteran’s Memorial on the Capitol campus, said Rep. Bob Basich, D-Aberdeen, a member of the committee.
“We need to erect this memorial to prove that the Korean War is not the ‘Forgotten War.’ We also need volunteers and money,” Basich said.
Co-chairs of the committee, Bob Cox and Marion Bogdanovich, said the committee welcomes veterans from any war or anyone who has an interest in the Korean War.
“We want to take this opportunity to express our appreciation of the Washington state men and women who went off to Korea to fight in the United Nations’ first attempt at peace-keeping,” Cox said. “This memorial is meant to symbolize peace instead of war.”
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.