75 years ago, April 27, 1938
• Four years of straight “A” grades today won for Helmi Karjala, Grayland, the honor of being valedictorian of the 1938 Ocosta High School class, Olene Wilson, high school principal, announced.
She has also been active in school and community life, participating in basketball, track, dramatics, glee club and holding a place on the debate team for two years. She was queen of the Grayland Cranberry Festival in 1937.
50 years ago, April 27, 1963
• Wendy Hagen of Miller Junior High School became the first student who has ever made a perfect score in five Aberdeen Daily World Spelling Bees when she scored 100 percent on the preliminary words this week.
A few of the words which she spelled correctly were palatable, annulment, hippopotamus, gallop, quadruplets, instantaneous and Deuteronomy.
• “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 Taholah is written by Jane Heinrich.
Colorful and picturesque Taholah lies at the mouth of the Quinault River. The population of approximately 350 is composed of Indians of a branch of the Salishans. It is the headquarters for the Quinault Indian Reservation, comprising nearly 110,000 acres, much of it in virgin timber.
If you find yourself hungry for tasty, fresh salmon you will find it there. If you prefer smoked or barbecued salmon, this too, can be purchased in Taholah.
The new Taholah-Queets road will have a bridge over the Quinault at Taholah, providing closer connection to the Queets and making available to tourists some rocky coastline that is unsurpassed in grandeur.
• The first major trailer caravan of the season arrived in Westport this week. Trailers from Washington, Oregon and California began arriving at Fuzzy Joe’s Trailer Park last Sunday as part of a tour sponsored by Wally Byam, national trailer-touring organization.
A representative of the trailer park said 59 trailers were registered last night and that more were coming in today.
25 years ago, April 27, 1988
• Although it’s been years since the flower children made a showing, their colorful improvised clothes with a message of peace and love lives on, and Harborites can relive the experiences this weekend when the Hoquiam High School Drama Department presents “Godspell.”
Jim Watters who plays Jesus and Jaime Alviar, doublecast as John the Baptist and Judas, bring the humor of a minstrel show to the stage when they break into a softshoe routine.
• Sean Maloney, the slender Hoquiam right-hander, hurled his team to victory, 8-4, in eight innings in a typically tempestuous Aberdeen-Hoquiam baseball game yesterday at Pioneer Park.
Maloney broke his sharp curveball past Bobcat batters for 10 strikeouts and went the full route.
It was Neil Mefford, who’s customarily the Grizzlies’ winning pitcher, who scored the winning run for Hoquiam in the eighth.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.