World Gone By 4/20


75 years ago, April 20, 1938

• What may turn out to be the greatest May Day parade in Grays Harbor history will wind through the streets of Aberdeen on April 30. Because May 1, date on which workers in all countries except those having fascist governments celebrate labor unity, falls on Sunday this year, the local parade has been moved one day ahead to Saturday.

• Delivered in Aberdeen, the new De Luxe “85” Ford V-8 for $882.43 — includes 2 tail lights, 2 electric air horns, 2 windshield wipers, 1 cigar lighter, 3 ashtrays, a spare wheel and a headlight beam foot control.

50 years ago, April 20, 1963

• The second post-Easter pulpit exchange among ministers of this area will take place this Sunday in four churches.

Rev. Hortense Anable, minister of the Cosmopolis Methodist Church, will occupy the pulpit of the Aberdeen Congregational Church, speaking on “The Desires of Thine Heart.”

The pulpit of the Cosmopolis church will be filled by Rev. Robert Hamm, pastor of the First Christian Church, speaking on “How Do You Get the Money to God?”

The United Presbyterian Church of Aberdeen will be visited by Rev. Cyrus Gonigam who has served the Aberdeen Congregational Church for seven years. He will preach on “The Inward Splendor: A Sequel to Easter.”

The fourth participating minister is Rev. Bertram Rutan, now serving his third year at the Presbyterian Church. He will preach on “Writing God’s Message in the Dust of the Earth,” at the First Christian Church.

• Skeptics said Ocean Shores Estates would never make it as a big Harbor resort development — but now the operations is three years old, still going strong and developers say, about to enter an era of increased private home building.

“We have issued 21 building permits for private homes since Jan. 1,” G.L. (Leck) Miller, general manager, revealed recently. “This we are very happy about and it is much ahead of last year.”

25 years ago, April 20, 1988

Grays Harbor is out to tap new voters. Now, registering is almost as simple as ordering a beer.

It’s part of a voter registration drive launched by more than a dozen Harbor-area tavern owners.

The newly deputized registrars were given the authority Tuesday to sign up new voters while serving them a cold one.

Bob Johnson, owner of the Pourhouse tavern in Aberdeen, says the merging of a tavern atmosphere with civic-mindedness is a tradition that dates back to colonial times. “Our original constitution was drafted in a tavern,” he said. “Taverns are a place where people tend to relax and discuss current events and politics.”

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