World Gone By 4/6

75 years ago, April 6, 1938

• The soup kitchen for single men, which will be abandoned by the state welfare officials, will be kept open by private contributions, under the supervision and direction of the Salvation Army, it was decided today at a citizens’ meeting at the Aberdeen chamber of commerce quarters.

The kitchen is feeding about 120 men.

• The Nazarene church of Hoquiam was reported to be in excellent financial condition by J.W. Cavender, treasurer, at the annual meeting of the church last night. Local, district and general obligations of the church have been paid in full, he reported.

• A specially built boat and an outboard motor, the two valued at $130, will be first prize for the third annual Lake Quinault trout derby, May 30, Ranson Minkler, executive chairman of the Grays Harbor Poggie Club committee, announced today.

The 14-foot boat will be built by A.P. Birtch, well-known Aberdeen boat builder and will be of cedar and hardwood.

50 years ago, April 6, 1963

More than 1,300 visitors filed through the doors of Hopkins Junior High School last Saturday during the third annual Hopkins Science Fair.

One of the fair entries, a photo-electric totalizer by Charles Hindman was put to use checking the attendance.

The male visitors were busy trying on earphones, looking through lenses and watching electrical demonstrations, while the women were more attracted by studies in nutrition and jewel-like crystals grown by the students.

25 years ago, April 6, 1988

• It shouldn’t surprise you that Mary Stevens hasn’t slept much since Saturday.

When she goes to bed, the pretty 20-year-old tosses and turns and sees it all in her mind all over again: the shotgun pointed at her stomach, the pillowcase her kidnapper placed over her head, the leather strings he used to tie her thumbs behind her back.

Mary is afraid, too, that the robber who held her hostage for 24 hours might come back.

“I don’t know if he’ll ever be caught,” she said of the man who held her hostage after he robbed the Aberdeen Burger King last weekend. “Sometimes it doesn’t happen like in the movies.”

• John Tornow will be in the spotlight again April 14 at a forum at Mary M. Knight High School in Matlock.

Tornow is the legendary figure, more well-known as the “Wildman of the Wynooche.”

According to newspaper and magazine accounts, Tornow is alleged to have killed his two nephews, John and William Bauer, on Sept. 3, 1911, touching off a 19-month manhunt.

The forum will be moderated by Bill Lindstrom, city editor of The Daily World. Also on the panel will be municipal court Judge Gordon Godfrey and Seattle businessman Ken Ristine.

All three are actively writing books about Tornow.

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