75 years ago, April 26, 1938
• Pestered by a croaking frog about two years ago, Hoquiam City Clerk Ola Hall is faced by a new nuisance.
After getting rid of a frog trapped between the walls of City Hall, the clerk’s office is now being invaded by ants. City officials have “declared war” on the pests. A quantity of crankcase oil will be applied on the foundation of the building beneath Miss Hall’s office.
• In the “Echoes of the Past: 20 Years Ago Today” column — April 26, 1918: Sauerkraut may be sold hereafter as “liberty cabbage.”
50 years ago, April 26, 1963
• “Where Away?” is a column written by Weatherwax High School students in William Lucas’ creative writing class. It features attractions within a day’s outing of Aberdeen. Today’s column, about Grayland’s Cranberry Bogs is written by Katherine Fuller.
On the Harbor we often neglect the beauty and interest of our cranberry bogs when pointing out the splendor of the beaches. In Grayland there are approximately a hundred cranberry bogs just one block east of the highway.
The cranberries take four years to mature and spraying takes place four times annually. This explains the narrow tracks that run down the center of each bog containing carts for the fertilizer and spraying apparatus. Acid sand is used to fertilize the sprouts for better growth.
• Another “Where Away?” today about Point Defiance is written by Cathie Novak.
Beautiful Point Defiance Park spreads over 640 acres of one of the most scenic areas in Washington. The point juts out into Puget Sound and joins several tiny green islands and peninsulas which dot the Sound.
The picnic area along the shore can accommodate thousands. It offers an excellent vantage point from which to view the constant stream of activity on the Sound.
Outstanding attractions of the park vary from a stroll through the lovely rose garden, a visit to the zoo or just sitting quietly under one of the huge weeping willows.
25 years ago, April 26, 1988
• Charlie Randolph, the 10-year veteran Aberdeen High School principal, resigned at the school board meeting Monday night.
The 59-year-old suffered from a “cardiac incident” Jan 8, which severely damaged his heart.
“He has done some great things at the high school and in the district … He is very serious about education,” Jane Goldberg said after the meeting.
• Thirty-three youngsters from Aberdeen’s Care-A-Lot Day Care and Preschool went on a field trip to the beach at Westport last Friday. Keith Dale of the Aberdeen Police Department’s dive team explained his scuba gear and how he uses his oxygen tank to breathe underwater.
The day at the beach turned out to be a fun-filled one for the kids, said Rhonda Fink, owner of the preschool.
“On the way there they were singing and having a good time,” Fink said. “On the way back, almost all of the were sleeping. I had to carry them off the bus.”
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.