75 years ago, February 14, 1938
Hair sprouted helter skelter on chins and cheeks of Grays Harbor Junior college men today as they cast aside razor and brush in preparation for the school’s “Days of ’49” annual celebration.
The college auditorium will be converted into a taxi dance hall, complete with an early vintage “swing” band and both men and women will try their luck at roulette, keno and blackjack beneath the smoky lights and rugged decoration of a long ago era.
50 years ago, February 14, 1963
• This year is Aberdeen’s 75th anniversary as a city, Third Ward Councilman William A. Jacka reminded the City Council at last night’s meeting.
In recognition of the milestone, Jacka asked Mayor Walter Failor to urge the Chamber of Commerce to organize a celebration.
During the city’s Golden Anniversary in 1938, Aberdeen went old time, it was recalled. Beards were grown by the men and horse-drawn carriages were brought to town as part of the celebration.
• With all five starters scoring in double figures, Valley closed out its regular season schedule by slamming Ocosta 73 to 50 last night.
Gary Benson and Bob Kain tallied 17 points apiece to pace the Vikings, while Ocosta’s Cal Peterson garnered 18 points.
Ray totaled 13, Poppe scored 12 and Latimer had 10 points to round out the Valley starters.
25 years ago, February 14, 1988
• It’s party time Monday at the Historical Seaport Shipyard in Aberdeen, the capper to a long holiday weekend.
The public is invited to the Lady Washington’s Birthday celebration, located on the East Aberdeen waterfront on Newell Street.
The shipyard will be festive, said Barb Caskey, secretary for the GH Historical Seaport Society. “We’re gearing it as a birthday party” complete with helium balloons and cake, she said.
• It was no bed of roses for this Cupid on Valentine’s Day.
A florist lives “364 days of the year in fear of one day,” says Jim Wynans, owner of Wynans Florist in Aberdeen. “There is such a demand in such a short period of time.”
Valentine’s Day, while it ranks third in terms of flower sales, (Christmas season and Mother’s Day are first and second) is the busiest. That’s because the bulk of customers place their orders 48 hours ahead of time and the orders dont’ finish coming in until the end of business on Valentine’s Day, Wynans said.
The crew began two weeks ago getting ready. On Wednesday, they began making some 518 flower arrangements so that walk-in customers had a selection.
• To the roaring approval of an estimated 1,804 onlookers Ron Baze’s Grizzlies claimed the Southwest Washington regional AA team championship for the third consecutive year.
The Redmen won four individual titles, qualified nine wrestlers for state and have an alternate in one other division.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archive of The Daily World.