World Gone By 4/23

75 years ago, April 22/23, 1938

• The fame of Aberdeen Boy Scouts as experts in the art of log rolling has spread throughout scout councils of America, Elvis R. Eaton, Harbor scout executive, reported today.

Pictures of Emory Daneker and Hans Bielski, the Aberdeen Boy Scout log rolling team last year, have appeared in several national scout magazines. The two boys were trained by Russ Ellison and Harley Foster.

Eaton recently received a letter from Dean Longfellow, executive of the Akron, Ohio scout council asking where to purchase the high, calked shoes Aberdeen scouts use when spinning logs in the water. Mr. Eaton sent him the address of the Grays Harbor Shoe Manufacturing Company and also included some literature on Grays Harbor and the sport of log rolling.

• The world’s largest plywood panels are now a regular output of the big Harbor Plywood plant. Measuring eight by 16 feet in size, the five-ply panels are finding a ready market in plants building railway cars, big transport buses, prefabricated houses and are being increasingly used in many other phases of construction. The face of the panel is one strip of fir veneer.

• Alex Polson, pioneer Hoquiam lumberman, is the first man on the Pacific Coast to fell a tree with a cross-cut saw, according to an article on the early history of Grays Harbor, written by Stewart H. Holbrook, widely known author.

To Holbrook, Grays Harbor means chiefly the “twin sawdust cities of Hoquiam and Aberdeen.” He contrasts the hell-raising loggers, saloons and dives of the early days with the present day. He devoted considerable space to the notorious Bill Gohl, the Pioneer saloon and the Humbolt saloon in Aberdeen.

50 years ago, April 22/23, 1963

• Air traffic at the town of Kalama was congested Los Angeles style yesterday morning according to Wright VanderWegen, as hundreds of pigeons were released at one time in the initial bird race of the season.

First place was captured by a 7-month-old Bastin cock owned by VanderWegen who is a member of the Grays Harbor Racing Pigeon Club. The bird negotiated the 82 miles back to the Harbor in three hours and 24 minutes — 27 minutes faster than the second place bird, Foster Sion, belonging to Larry Watson of Central Park.

• Weyerhaeuser Company’s Twin Harbors Branch was host recently to 59 senior college forestry students. The group included 40 Montana State University students and 17 U of W students.

The day was spent on company lands where the students were shown modern logging and forestry practices in operation. That evening a dinner was served the students at the Morck Hotel.

• Ultra-modern is the word for Monte Lanes, scheduled to open its doors Wednesday.

Owners Bob Doyle and Dick Hoefert report that ball return equipment will be installed today on the 10 lanes.

25 years ago, April 22/23, 1988

• Satisfaction for a volunteer firefighter is seeing an emergency become a miracle.

“That’s what I get out of it — another day out of life,” says Kim Carlson, an emergency medical technician with Central Park’s ambitious volunteer fire department.

The hundreds of dedicated hours that Carlson has contributed to the department since 1973 have earned him the 1988 Daily World Firefighter of the Year Award.

• Maybe it was blustery. Maybe it was foggy. Whatever the case may be, Capt. George Vancouver dropped anchor outside the entrance to Grays Harbor on April 27, 1792 and didn’t even know it.

Like a tourist who sleeps in and misses the best part of the day, the captain of His Majesty’s Ship Discovery sailed on.

“Undiscovery Day” will be observed Saturday for the 15th year at the entrance to a harbor that was finally discovered by an intrepid Yankee named Robert Gray.

Some 75 to 100 people are expected to gather at Lumpy’s Tavern from noon to 2 p.m.

• Sheriff’s detective Larry Shelton leaned forward in his chair, hands folded contemplatively, listening for the reporter’s next question.

Why are you a cop? she asked.

There was only a short pause.

“This may sound like a cliche,” he said, “but basically I want to be able to make a difference. I want to have a positive effect of people’s lives.”

It didnt’ sound like a cliche. It sounded like the truth.

Because he cares so much about people and works so very hard, Larry Shelton is The Daily World’s 1988 Police Officer of the Year.

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