75 years ago, April 18, 1938
Four persons narrowly escaped death or injury late Sunday when an avalanche of heavy timbers and mud crashed down the steep bluff from Hillcrest Drive, crushed the rear rooms of the Stanley R. Ball home at 801 Duffy St. and shoved the building some 30 feet off its foundations onto the sidewalk.
Jimmy and Danny Ball, young children of Mr. and Mrs. Ball, escaped death because their parents finally had consented after much pleading, to let them play outdoors despite the wet weather. A few moments after they had dashed from their bedrooms to the street, the bulkhead gave way and the slide struck the house a blow which crushed their room under tons of timber and mud.
50 years ago, April 18, 1963
• Grays Harbor will get both the Wynooche Dam and a South Jetty job in the next few years if Army Engineers can obtain the necessary money — a total of $18 million — from Congress.
An immediate appropriation by Congress on an emergency basis will be sought by Rep. Julia Butler Hansen to start the $5 million South Jetty reconstruction project, she said.
A plan has been approved by the Army engineers to build the Wynooche Dam in two stages, the first stage being a 195-foot structure without provision for electric generation.
Later on, when need for additional electric power arises the final 100 feet could be added to the dam, along with hydroelectric generating facilities and a downstream re-regulating dam to even to flow of the river.
• The Hiway Market, 822 E. Wishkah St, plans a grand opening tomorrow and Saturday, say the new owners Mr. and Mrs. Eino William Maki.
Each customer purchasing an order for $20 or more will receive a dinner for two at the Country Kitchen Restaurant. The restaurant will provide free samples of its Topperburgers at the celebration and Pepsi Cola will provide soft drinks.
25 years ago, April 18, 1988
• Aberdeen Police Chief Bill Ellis is convinced that a man who held a couple and their 6-year-old nephew at gunpoint in Boise Friday is the Burger King robber.
“We believe very strongly that it’s him,” Ellis said. The chief said the description of the fugitive in Idaho matches the description of Jerrold Lee Esarey who is wanted in connection with the robbery and abduction here April 2.
The couple and the child were held at gunpoint in their trailer for 1 1/2 hours.
• Russ Richardson will resign from the Aberdeen City Council effective April 30 he announced this morning.
He was elected to the Port Commission last fall. He says, “there aren’t enough hours in the day” to do justice to both jobs.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.