World Gone By 3/27


75 years ago, March 27, 1938

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago, March 27, 1963

A chicken-raising operation will begin in the former Vancouver Door plant in about a month, the Montesano City Council learned last night.

Presenting the Pederson Fryer Farms of Tacoma, Jack Pederson informed the council that his firm has obtained a 5-year lease from owner Arthur Lundgren to raise broilers and fryers at the Montesano plant.

Three men will be employed in the operation when the first birds are brought in, but future expansion is planned. Pederson said about 70,000 chickens at a time will be raised.

25 years ago, March 27, 1988

• Historic memories preserved and show-cased in a historic treasure. That’s the Chehalis Valley Historical Museum.

The museum reopened Saturday it its new quarters, the quaint, old Lutheran church at 703 W. Pioneer, Montesano.

The church, which was built in 1906, is a page out of history.

The cozy wood-frame building with its recognizable steeple initially was named Our Saviour’s First Scandinavian Lutheran Church.

In the late 1960s or early 1970s the building was sold and used as an antique shop.

In 1974 the magnificent structure was purchased by the American Lutheran Church and dubbed the Village Lutheran Church.

The congregation outgrew the small church in 1987 and the building was put up for sale.

For Randy Beerbower, the 26-year-old president of the Chehalis Valley Historical Society, the museum’s reopening is the continuation of a dream he has had since being magically attracted to the old photographs belonging to his grandfather, Orville Boling.

• In an election marked by a rare display of public opposition, incumbent Tribal Chairman Joe DeLaCruz on Saturday staved off a strong challenge from Mike Mail for a new three-year term.

In percentages, DeLaCruz, 50, scored what many would consider a landslide victory, 57 percent to Mail’s 38. But in numbers, Mail — the tribal fisheries director — fell just 73 votes short of unseating the 16-year tribal chairman and nationally recognized Indian leader.

• Jim Mossel, Grays Harbor College’s men’s basketball coach for the past six years, resigned Friday to accept an assistant coaching job at Weber State University. The 37-year-old Mossel will serve as an aide to Denny Huston at the Ogden, Utah school.

A reserve forward for the Huskies in the early 1970s, Mossel came to Grays Harbor in 1982 after a highly successful career at Fort Vancouver High School.

He guided the Chokers into the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College playoffs in all but the first and last of his six seasons. Twice NWAACC Western Region Coach of the Year, he compiled a 109-57 career record at GHC.

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