World Gone By 4/17


75 years ago, April 17, 1938

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago, April 17, 1963

• Grays Harbor Thursday night will lend a hand — a bridge hand in this case — to the work of combating muscular dystrophy, the mysterious muscle-wasting disease which afflicts more than 200,000 Americans.

A duplicate bridge tournament and card party at the Morck Hotel will be under the sponsorship of the Twin Harbors Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association as part of the American Contract Bridge League’s 1962-63 charity program.

Bridge players unfamiliar with duplicate bridge will find it differs from conventional rubber or party bridge, chiefly in that a series of identical hands is played at all tables, providing fairer comparison of the players’ relative skills.

• Students who will be entering Weatherwax High School as sophomores next fall and their parents are invited to participate in an orientation period Tuesday night at the Huntley Building lunchroom.

Subjects to be covered will include courses of study, high school requirements, activity program, the sophomore year and the counseling program.

• Scoring two runs in the seventh and final inning, Hoquiam came from behind to nip Montesano, 4 to 3 in a practice baseball game last night.

Catcher Jim Knudson singled home Stan Pinnick with the winning run. Pinnick had tied the game by singling home Gary Sandgren.

25 years ago, April 17, 1988

• You don’t have to be in a formal classroom setting to learn.

Much of life’s learning comes from play.

Just ask the youngsters at Elma Cooperative Preschool.

Each month a theme is selected and the crafts, songs, games and activities revolve around that topic.

One of the most recent themes was dinosaurs.

The preschoolers made a volcano and cave out of papier-mache and brought moss to school to construct a swamp.

Plastic dinosaurs were placed throughout the newly developed land. And at the craft table, children traced dinosaurs on construction paper and glued torn pieces of magazines in place, creating a dinosaur collage.

• Former Harborite Randy C. Vekich has been nominated the only candidate for International Vice President for the International Longshoremen and Warehousemen’s Union, he said Saturday.

Voting by all members will take place about the end of May or the first week of June. There’s room for write-ins but Vekich emerged from the primary-like union convention proceedings at Vancouver as the almost certain winner.

Vekich definitely ran for the position — he mailed out letters about his candidacy to the entire union membership. The president of the 50,000-member union is also running unopposed.

Vekich, first cousin to State Rep. Max Vekich Jr. and son of Andy Vekich of Aberdeen, is 49. He began working as a Longshoreman in 1959.

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