World Gone By 3/23

75 years ago, March 23, 1938

• Grays Harbor County has jumped to first place in the roster of relief loads carried by Washington counties. A report as of March 17 shows Grays Harbor has the highest percentage of its population receiving assistance of any county in the state.

The report shows 34 percent of the population received some form of public assistance.

• Aberdeen will be the scene of the 1938 Washington state checkers championships, Ranson Minkler, local checkers enthusiast, announced today.

The tourney will attract more than 75 players from all over the state.

50 years ago, March 23, 1963

• “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 Flapjack Lakes is written by Mike Osheroff.

If you are weary of auto touring, a short hike into the Olympics might be just the thing for you. The trail up which you will pack your food and shelter ascends from Staircase at Lake Cushman.

About 4 hours and several waterfalls later you arrive at Flapjack Lakes. There are two of them: one of either side of you — so crystal clear you can see the bottom of either one from all points on the shores. They look inviting for swimming but only one of the lakes is suitable. One has an average temperature of only 39 degrees — a little cool for anything but a polar bear.

Going down is much easier that going up. Watch your step though. The drop from one side of the trail is over 1,000 feet.

• Lloyd Spoon of Westport stopped over at Sea-Tac Airport recently on his way to the Far East. He is a 1958 graduate of Ocosta High School and a member of the well-known Perez Prado band which will play a six-week tour in Japan and Korea.

25 years ago, March 23, 1988

• “I Got the Horse Right here, his name is Paul Revere” shout the gamblers, checking their racing forms as the Aberdeen High School musical “Guys & Dolls” begins.

Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday night and reserved tickets are $5 for adults and $3.50 for children.

• It will be mid-summer before Hoquiam’s swimming pool is re-opened to the public, says Jim Ballew, city park director.

The pool, now re-named the Hoquiam Aquatic Center, had been scheduled to open in mid-April.

“People, including myself, failed to see how much work a renovation requires,” Ballew said. “It’s probably as much work as a new building.”

• Elma’s Scott Peek was named to the all-Black Hill League boys basketball team, selected by league coaches. The 6-11 Peek, who averaged 20 points per game for the Eagles, was the lone Harborite chosen for the 10-player first team.

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