World Gone By 4/16


75 years ago, April 15/16, 1938

• Game wardens were hot on the trail of Oiva Knute, Grays Harbor Olympian, following the club’s annual clam feed at James Rock last night.

The clam law forbids any person to have more than 36 clams in his possession except if licensed to dig commercially during the open season.

The Olympian smashed the law, and won the club championship by eating 48 succulent “little rock clams.”

• Alex Peterson, operator of a Hoquiam lunch counter at Simpson Avenue and Eighth Street, has purchased the old Pattie building on Ninth street, directly behind his place of business. In recent years a barber shop occupied the front of the building.

Years ago the Pattie family operated a big restaurant in the two-story building. One of the boys, Ben Pattie, had a reputation of being an able jockey. He drowned at the jetty, according to old timers here.

50 years ago, April 15/16, 1963

• Two Aberdeen business establishments lost more than $2,300 to armed robbers Saturday and Sunday nights, according to Aberdeen police.

Over $2,000 was taken by a single gunman at Central Drug about 8 p.m., Sunday and $217 by two robbers at Three Star Market, 607 W. Wishkah about 8:30 Saturday night.

• Hoquiam’s Grizzlies split a non-league double-header with previously unbeaten North Thurston Saturday but may have lost their ace moundsman for the rest of the season in the process.

Hoquiam clipped North Thurston 7-4 in the opener on the strength of sophomore Gene Thompson’s second inning 2-run homer and dropped a 5-3 decision in the nightcap.

Southpaw Walt Reames, a junior, suffered a possible slight concussion and severe knee injury in a collision at first base with a North Thurston boy and was taken to an Olympia hospital. He was later released and returned home. He will be out indefinitely.

Coach Don Smith labels Reames the club’s No. 1 pitcher and one of the best hitters. Reames’ sterling relief work helped save Stan Pinnick’s victory in the opening contest.

• Tinkers to Evers to Chance, the Chicago Cubs’ classic double play combination has nothing on Cosmopoils and its justice court problem.

The play has been Paull to Buchanan to Gadwa and now to Church.

Lee Church was appointed yesterday to fill the vacancy by the resignation of C.V. Gadwa, who had been appointed instead of Clifford Buchanan who had been named to succeed E.R. Paull, veteran Cosmopolis JP who died last November.

25 years ago, April 15/16, 1988

• The county prosecutor is hoping the federal government will add its weight to the search for the young man who robbed the Aberdeen Burger King April 2 and held an employee for nearly 24 hours.

Prosecutor Steward Menefee has asked the U.S. attorney in Tacoma to seek a federal fugitive warrant for Jerrold Lee Esarey Jr. He is also being sought in connection with the robbery of a Burger King near Tacoma in March.

• The annual YMCA Youth Legislature gets under way next week in Olympia. The Aberdeen delegation, which inludes pages, lobbyists and reporters, heads up Wednesday for four days of debate and frenzied politicking in the marbled chambers where real laws are made.

The Aberdeen delegation with 54 members likely will be the largest one at the 41st annual mock legislature, said Millie Hogue, local advisor for the program.

This year 446 students from more than 50 schools will gather in Olympia, Hogue said.

• Jason Weld continued Elma’s run of fine pitching performances with a two-hitter as the Eagles blanked Aberdeen, 4-0, Thursday at Eagle Field. The victory was Elma’s fourth straight. The Bobcats are winless in seven BHL outings.

• Aberdeen parents are plotting ways to intice their children away from watching TV.

About a dozen gathered this week at the Aberdeen Timberland LIbrary for a discussion, “Families and Television: Who’s in Charge?”

The speakers were Judy Walseth, a school counselor, Kathy Eko, a former teacher and psychology major and Nancy Liedke, the early childhood education coordinator for the Aberdeen School District.

• Pam Aho of Aberdeen, one of six Harbor women who attended a walking clinic in San Francisco last month, says that while the physical benefits of walking and running are similar, the slower activity has definite advantages. “The plus for walking is the risk of injury is so much less than running,” said Aho, an aerobics instructor at the Aberdeen YMCA.

A runner’s foot hits the ground with a force equal to three times his or her body weight while in walking it’s only 1 1/2 times, Aho explained.

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