World Gone By 3/16

75 years ago, March 16, 1938

• Battered by one of the worst storms in years and feared lost in towering seas just south of Destruction Island, John Karl and his son, Paul, 19, of Hoquiam, were safe this afternoon at Neah Bay.

Fears were felt the two had perished in last night’s terrific gale following reports that two fishing craft, the Broth of Astoria and the Brownsmead had sighted their trolling boat, the Bride, apparently waterlogged three miles south of Destruction.

The Karls worked their disabled boat into the Strait of Juan de Fuca by means of a jury rudder.

• Heavy seas pounding through the Grays Harbor entrance last night washed out more than 100 yards of shoreline north of the jetty, cutting back almost opposite the coast guard outlook, and leaving the shoreline almost 200 yards from where it was a year ago. In washing away the beach the surf undermined four bents of the jetty tramway, leaving the piling dangling.

50 years ago, March 16, 1963

What’s to become of “The Rock?”

Alcatraz Island — 12 acres of rock set in San Francisco Bay — is slated for eventual abandonment as Uncle Sam’s penitentiary for the nation’s top tough guys. Obsolescence sparks the move.

Some suggested uses: as a glorified amusement park, such as Denmark’s Trivoli Gardens or the site for a West Coast equivalent of the Statue of Liberty. Some prefer to leave the present lighthouse as-is and give the island over to the gulls.

25 years ago, March 16, 1988

• It was a classic confrontation: the Constitution vs. morality.

Resolved: “The Gold Rush should be permitted to operate without the threat of closure by the Hoquiam City Council.”

It’s the topless dancing controversy that seems bottomless.

Two Aberdeen High School debate class students argued the question Tuesday at a meeting of the Toastmasters Club.

Junior Sissy Lawty maintained the Hoquiam club should be allowed to operate while junior Jim Gibby argued the city council was correct in revoking its business license.

• Jon Krug strode across the cement floor of a massive, partially completed building at the northeast edge of the Grays Harbor College campus.

The $700,000 building, designed to operate like an actual diesel engine maintenance and repair shop, will serve as the home for the college’s technology program. In addition to the new building, the college also has about $200,000 worth of heavy equipment that students use during classes, the Associate Dean of Vocational Education said.

• Jason Spoon accounted for all three Aberdeen goals as the Bobcats outscored Hoquiam, 3-1, in the first-ever soccer game between the Harbor rivals yesterday at Emerson Field.

Bobcat coach Alfie Bensinger cited freshman goalie Marshall Schnabel and the play of defensive sweeper Jim Houlton.

Hoquiam’s Bob Wiley cited the defensive play of Greg Larsen and John Downing.

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