World Gone By 3/14


75 years ago, March 14, 1938

• Completely stopping the show by the plaudits of a packed auditorium, the Aberdeen High School band under the direction of Mark Freshman received the only superior rating given to Class A contestants in the annual Southwest Washington music meet Saturday in Chehalis.

It was the 10th consecutive year that the Aberdeen band placed first in the meet.

• Idle since late last year, the Mackie shingle plant at Markham resumed operations this morning employing 36 men. The M&B Logging Company this morning also put 30 men to work up Johns River cold decking logs. The logging camp has been idle since October. The Mackie Mill is a nine-machine outfit. During the shutdown the plant was extensively overhauled, the foundation repaired and all the shingle machines raised.

50 years ago, March 14, 1963

• Construction of the new Aberdeen Federal Savings and Loan Building will begin within two months, President M.S. Raichle announced today.

The building, 68 by 94 feet, will be constructed on the southeast corner of Broadway and First Street, a site formerly occupied by the Thriftway store and the Mayflower Apartments.

The Mayflower building was moved across the street last year and the old Thriftway building is being demolished by the Harbor Crane Service.

• A quarter century before Washington became a state, the federal government set up a number of post offices in the Pacific Northwest territory.

One of these was at Cosmopolis and the 100th anniversary of the establishment will be celebrated with an open house Saturday.

The earliest determined post office was a frame structure near Speigel’s Pharmacy on Front street, the main business street situated along the Chehalis River. The street no longer exists.

25 years ago, March 14, 1988

• The Aberdeen City Council has agreed to discuss ways to answer PAWS pleas for help.

The move comes on the heels of an announcement by the county commissioners that they are willing to help fund the animal shelter organization — but not by themselves.

Officials at PAWS say they will run out of money by October without help.

Aberdeen slashed animal control out of the budget in mid-1986 during a budget crunch.

• IWA pickets were extended to the Anderson & Middleton Co. log yard in Hoquiam this morning as the strike by 140 Grays Harbor Veneer Plant workers entered its second week.

Grays Harbor Veneer is a division of Anderson & Middleton.

About 50 loggers, members of the IWA are affected by the move. Extending the pickets also impacts 15 sort yard workers who are members of the Lumber Production and Industrial Workers, Local 3999, according to Frank Chestnut, secretary-treasurer for Local 3-2 of the IWA.

The veneer plant contract expired in Oct. Workers say concessions in their last contract included a $1.65 per hour wage cut, another 10 cents per hour for swing and graveyard shifts and the loss of six holidays.

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