World Gone By 4/19

75 years ago, April 19, 1938

The sap is already rising, and before long the woods will swallow a host of harvesters of a Grays Harbor specialty, cascara bark.

Every Harbor schoolboy at one time or another has peeled cascara. But what becomes of the bark after it is peeled, dried, broken, sacked and shipped? The American Druggist, trade journal of the drug business, it its current issue devotes two pages and a number of pictures to explaining the harvesting process and the eventual use of this valuable northwest product. The pictures even include a view of an I.P. Callison grinding machine, a portable outfit operating on and out of Grays Harbor.

50 years ago, April 19, 1963

• Moving the Grays Harbor fog signal to another location where it would be a better aid to navigation was favored Thursday by businessmen who attended a public meeting in Westport called by the Coast Guard.

A handful of fishermen were against moving the signal and criticized the Coast Guard for calling the meeting at a time when most of the fishermen were working.

Prime speaker at the meeting was Barney Wilkerson, owner of the Shipwreck Motel, located across the road from the fog signal.

Westport Mayor Bjarne Nilsen also believes that moving the signal would benefit fishermen. He declared the signal’s strength has decreased and “that the signal isn’t doing the work at present that it was intended to do.”

• Mrs. Verna Higley, librarian at the Ocosta School, has been notified that she has received an appointment to be a librarian at an Army dependent school in Germany.

The Ocosta School Board has granted her a year’s leave of absence so she can accept the position. Mrs. Alice Larivee, who is now the librarian at Weatherwax High School, has been named to fill the one-year vacancy.

25 years ago, April 19, 1988

• AIDS is more than headlines. Four real people right here on Grays Harbor are suffering from the so-far incurable disease.

What do we do now?

A group of 25 health care providers, educators and social service agency representatives is trying to answer that question through formation of Grays Harbor AIDS Task Force.

• Cecil and Helen Elders say they get a natural high each time they visit a nursing home.

A key part of their jobs as state-certified nursing home ombudsmen is to ensure quality care for residents. But the Aberdeen volunteers say another important element is the friendships they have developed with people who are often forgotten.

“It makes life worth living when you see residents are happy,” Helen Elders says.

“It’s a reward that I think money can’t buy,” adds her husband of 48 years.

On Wednesday they are being saluted on national Senior Volunteer Day by the local chapter of AARP.

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