World Gone By 3/31

75 years ago, March 31, 1938

• Exciting years along the northland’s mighty Yukon will be recalled for Aberdeen World readers in a 20,000 word story of early-day experiences of B.F. “Pop” Burgess, a river pilot and mail carrier during the heydey of the “Dawson diggins.”

The story has been written by Ed Van Syckle in collaboration with Mr. Burgess, now residing at the Aberdeen Elks temple.

• Major Alexander Hall of the Aberdeen Salvation Army gave a statistical report of the activities of the local corps during the past six months, revealing the amazing reach of the Army’s philanthropies in the community: 1,383 homes were visited and 2,067 persons were helped. A total of 176 jobs were provided for the unemployed.

50 years ago, March 31, 1963

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, March 31, 1988

• “You are the light — let it shine,” declares the poster on the Hoquiam High School choir room door.

The 37-members choir is taking the advice to heart. The teens will fly to California next week to present their program of patriotic music at two veterans’ hospitals and on center stage at Disneyland.

“I’m so proud of our kids,” said choir director Don Tackett. “I can hardly wait to have the world hear them.”

The choir already has performed the concert at the Seattle VA Hospital. “It was so moving,” said Tackett, “people sitting there in wheelchairs without legs. I don’t know how many of them said this was the first time they felt they’d ever really been thanked. The kids sang the last two songs with tears in their eyes.”

• Homer Lillybridge, 82 years young, and still delivering the Daily World on his Westport-Ocosta motor route was recently feted at a birthday dinner that brought together his three living children, family and friends at the Islander in Westport. The event was hosted by his daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Bill Geary of Westport.

Lillybridge, a Grays Harbor resident since 1925 has delivered the paper for the last six years. He had worked 38 years for ITT Rayonier before his retirement.

• Bridges Restaurant in Aberdeen is offering an all-you-can-eat Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $10.95 that includes strawberry hotcakes, fruit, pastries, salads, pickled herring and salmon, baked salmon, poached salmon, omelets, crepes, red snapper, eggs benedict, polish and link sausage, croissants, apple dumplings and fried potatoes.

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