75 years ago, March 29, 1938
• The Grays Harbor Junior College started assuming the garb and atmosphere of a combination bar and dance hall like those found in the mining towns of the old West as students and faculty today rushed preparations for their annual “Days of ’49” carnival.
Starting tonight at 8 o’clock, cowboys and fortune tellers will circulate through the dance hall, bar and backroom set up at the college. Games of chance with scrip will be in progress and Gerald Eddy’s swing band will play.
• Pets will be on parade Friday afternoon in five Aberdeen grade schools and Miller Junior High school as the students enter their favorites in the annual Kiwanis pet show. Large dogs, small dogs, fat dogs, skinny dogs, trained dogs, cats, rats, pigeons, turtles, rabbits, chickens, frogs, geese, parrots, ducks, goats and even alligators are among the entries already registered.
50 years ago, March 29, 1963
• The addition to the Islander Motel in Westport is nearly complete. The new building will hold the restaurant, coffee shop, cocktail lounge and an office to handle motel and charter operations.
• Larry Himes, ex-Harborite semi-pro catcher from USC, handled the backstopping duties for Cincinnati the other day in a spring training tilt. A $65,000 bonus baby, Himes was named the MVP in the 1959 state semi-pro tourney held on the Harbor.
25 years ago, March 29, 1988
• Defeated by “bachelor” at his school spelling bee this year, St. Mary’s 1987 spelling champ nonetheless went on to defeat “anxiety” and win the private schools area contest recently at Centralia.
Kacey Evans, 12, then took a written test for the Southwest Washington private school contest and did well enough to qualify for The Seattle Times spelling bee April 9 in Seattle.
The winner of that contest will compete at the national level.
At the Western Washington contest Kacey tackled words such as chasuble, diaphanous, picaresque, punctilious, halcyon, opalesce, phosphorescence and ewer.
• They huffed and they puffed, they climbed and crawled and tugged and leaped. When it was over Saturday, 19 of the 21 candidates for two vacancies on the Aberdeen police force had passed the department’s tough agility tests at Sam Benn Gym.
Cries of “Go for it!” and “You can do it!” came from officers helping administer the test to nervous candidates.
The agility test is patterned after one given at the state police academy, according to Chief Bill Ellis.
Aberdeen’s test included scaling a 6-foot wall twice, making two 6-foot broad jumps, walking a balance beam, leaping two hurdles, plus a couple of jogs around the gym. There also were cones to zig zag, a tunnel crawl through chairs and finally a body drag of a 160-pound “dummy.”
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.