World Gone By 3/20

75 years ago, March 20, 1938

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago, March 20, 1963

• It takes a lot of courage for a man without a steady job to turn down $500,000 but that is precisely what actor Peter Falk has done.

The offer is to fill George Maharis’ role in the television series “Route 66.” It would have meant 14 months of steady work, including a movie version of the popular show.

But Falk would rather take his chances freelancing. “I did some soul searching before I turned down the offer,” he said. “But if I decide to go into a television series I’d rather start out with my own show and make it an event.”

• “Where Away?” is a column written by Weatherwax High School students in William Lucas’ creative writing class. It features attractions within a day’s outing of Aberdeen. Today’s column, about Westport is written by Mike Magee.

Approximately 25 miles from Aberdeen, following state highway 13A, lies the community of Westport. During the summer, thousands of tourists flood the area. The docks, idle during the winter, seem to rise up and shake themselves off at the sign of good weather.

Its docks and its beaches offer something for everybody. Townspeople enjoy spinning sea yarns for you or show you souvenirs from the days this was a busy port of call. Freddie Steele, the boxer, can tell you ring stories while dishing up your favorite food.

25 years ago, March 20, 1988

• In the vault at Aberdeen City Hall, casually tucked among stacks of records in a steel filing cabinet, is a thin black book in a cardboard box.

The first words in that book were entered 100 years ago today — “the 20th day of March, A.D. 1888” — as townspeople gathered at the School House to witness a milestone that transformed a soggy clearing at the confluence of two rivers into a bona fide town.

The plats of “Wishkah” and “Aberdeen” became the Town of Aberdeen, Chehalis County, Washington Territory.

Aberdeen begins its 101st year Monday with two special events. More than 100 photographers will fan out to snap a “Day in the Life of Aberdeen” on its centennial, and a display of historic photographs will open at the Olde Theatre Gallery, 204 E. Heron.

The exhibit of photos comes from the huge Jones Historical Collection and is sponsored by gallery owner Jacquie Fidler and the Aberdeen Centennial Murals Committee.

• Transit officials hope a stylish new central terminal in Aberdeen with black filigree, green lawns and red brick walks will entice more Harborites to leave the driving to someone else.

Aberdeen Station, which cost $565,000 , opens Monday at Wishkah and G streets, consolidating downtown stops and eliminating inconvenient walks across the city’s busiest streets for some bus route transfers.

Vernon Little, new transit stationmaster, will be on hand to answer questions, sell tickets and make sure people get on the right bus.

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