75 years ago, March 11/12, 1938
• Members of the Hoquiam High School band appeared for the first time in public today wearing their new military uniforms. The band, orchestra and instrumentalists played selections to be given at the Southwest Washington music contest at Centralia tomorrow.
Uniforms include officer-styled coats of crimson with gray shoulder straps and pocket lapels. Belts and trousers are gray and General Pershing caps are trimmed in crimson and gray.
• Only a nominal number on Grays Harbor will be affected by a new state welfare order effective April 1 removing all able bodied men from relief rolls. The WPA is absorbing most of the men capable of employment and by the end of the month all able bodied employables are expected to be at work.
• Operations of two units of the Willapa Harbor Lumber Mills will resume Tuesday morning with approximately 325 men returning to work at shingle mill S and sawmill W.
• Bob Campbell, Washington State College senior, was recently voted by a campus-wide election the most handsome man attending the college. He is a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, majoring in physical education and has been a member of the football squad and track team for two years. He is an Elma high school graduate and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Campbell Sr. of Malone.
• Lou Gehrig, ironman first baseman of the New York Yankees, signed a $39,000 contract today, Manager Joe McCarthy revealed at the Yankees’ spring training headquarters.
With Gehrig signed, the Yankees lone remaining holdout is outfielder Joe DiMaggio.
Gehrig’s salary is the highest ever paid to an American league player except Babe Ruth.
50 years ago, March 11/12, 1963
• Sales doubled last year for the Vaughn Company manufacturers of a specialized liquid farm manure handling system. President James Vaughn told over 65 stockholders that dealerships now total 14 and the company is in the process of securing a large loan from the Small Business Administration for expansion.
Additional manpower will probably be needed locally and whenever possible stockholders will be hired to fill the open positions at the plant in the old Schafer Bros. roundhouse.
• Results of a federal and state study on steps which have to be taken to correct erosion at Toke Point is expected to be completed in September. The U.S. Army Engineers and the state each contributed $25,000 to make the investigation.
“In 1951,” Congresswoman Julia Butler Hansen said, “the people of the area built groins, wooden piling, plank bulkheads and other protective devices but they were unsuccessful in halting the erosive action of the sea.”
• The Aberdeen School Board last night named the new high school structure the “J.M.Phillips” building in honor of Judge J.M. Phillips, Aberdeen pioneer barrister and for many years superior court judge.
• The Raymond School Board went on record last night requiring boys and girls to adhere to “reasonable dress” in harmony with a state education rule on the subject.
Specifically mentioned were beehive hairdos, slick ducktails and excessively tight clothing.
25 years ago, March 11/12, 1988
• Construction of a second tall ship, the Columbia, may be delayed if the dollars coming in to the Historical Seaport Authority in Aberdeen don’t start flowing faster. But without a doubt, the brig Lady Washington, set to sail on Labor Day, Sept. 5, will be completed, board members say. A $1.5 million grubstake from the City of Aberdeen and the Legislature ensures that.
The board expressed confidence that getting the Lady Washington in the water will buoy the project and demonstrate to people here and statewide that tall ships is not a pipedream.
• Rebekah Keiser, an Aberdeen High School sophomore who began playing the violin as a fourth grader, will be featured when the Grays Harbor Symphony performs in concert Sunday.
Miss Keiser, the daughter of Dave and Vickie Johannes of Hoquiam and Tom Keiser of Kirkland, has been taking lessons for the past six years.
• For the third year in a row, most Twin Harbors’ students scored well below state and national averages on a standardized basic skills test administered this fall.
The area’s two largest districts — Aberdeen and Hoquiam — were below state median battery scores in each of the three grades tested — fourth, eighth and tenth.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.