World Gone By 3/13


75 years ago, March 13, 1938

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago, March 13, 1963

• Old “Two-Spot” has left the fleet of retired steam locomotives at Rayonier’s Railroad Camp north of Hoquiam and is on its way to a new career instead of the cutting torch.

The locomotive left Hoquiam Friday coupled between two cars of a freight train. Aboard to see that Two Spot arrives in Marquette, Mich. for its new lease on life is Jim Gertz, a Rayonier railway fireman from Sekiu.

The iron horse now in Gertz’s care was built in 1912 and sold to the former Northwest Logging Co. of Grays Harbor. Rayonier acquired it when it purchased Polson holdings. Before retirement, it was being used as a work train locomotive.

After it has been reconditioned Two Spot will haul ore in the winter and pull tourist excursion cars in the summer.

• The flourishing tourist industry in Washington could provide a virtual economic revolution for McCleary.

Speaking before a full house at the Chamber of Commerce meeting yesterday in McCleary, George Prescott, the governor’s special representative on economic development, informed members that 25 tourists per day in a community such as McCleary could provide the financial equivalent of a $100,000 payroll.

“Build a museum here,” urged Prescott, “tourists love museums.”

He lauded the annual McCleary Bear Festival as a wonderful gimmick for attracting tourists, most of whom haven’t had the opportunity or experience of tasting wild meat.

25 years ago, March 13, 1988

• For more than 12 years, Gordon and Harriett Fleming have worked side by side. The couple have spent 24 hours a day together, making both their marriage and Les Schwab tire business successful.

The Flemings’ success in both business and their private life flies right in the face of cynics who contend that a married couple simply cannot work together and stay together.

So what is the Flemings’ magic formula: How can they succeed when so many others fail?

“We were scared of hiring anybody,” Gordon said, recalling when they started the business in Elma. “We work together as a team.” And Harriett added, “We love each other. We’re friends.”

• It doesn’t take “drunk” to kill or maim someone. It could take “just a couple.” If you drink, don’t drive. If you drive, don’t drink.

It’s that simple.

Elma secondary school students will be attempting to influence their fellow students to abide by that creed, working to turn peer pressure into peer power. At the high school 119 students — about 20 percent — have joined the latest Students Against Drunk Driving.

John Matau, Elma’s football coach and sophomore social studies teacher reminds the students they have a choice whether they will drink or ride with someone who has been drinking. “If you feel positive about yourself at all times,” Matau said, “you won’t need alcohol in your life.”

Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.