World Gone By 5/1


75 years ago, April 30/May 1, 1937

• Herbert Oleson, manager of the Western Auto Supply company will be displaying part of his collection of more than 100 old firing pieces at the Kiwanis Club hobby show on May 15.

In the collection is a Kentucky “Long Tom,” estimated at 150 years old; an old “blunderbus” with mysterious writings on the stock and barrel; one of the few remaining Colt rifles, manufactured in 1885; a double-barreled, handmade German pistol — a muzzle loader; an old English cap and ball pistol manufactured by Whistler of London and an old time Irish gun which breaks from the bottom instead of the top and which Mr. Oleson said “will shoot around corners.”

• Fir timbers grown on Grays Harbor hillsides are finding a life of “ups and downs” in California oil fields where a considerable number of big sticks are being used as walking beams. The Anderson & Middleton mill recently shipped four of the specially cut timbers — 26 feet long, 30 inches wide and 14 inches thick, and tapered to approximately 20 inches on each end.

The timbers are used in well drilling operations and are familiar to all cable rigs. They are pivoted in the middle and teeter up and down, transmitting power from the engine to the cable and tools.

• Agriculture is developing so rapidly in Grays Harbor County that development of further land is an immediate necessity, Arthur Kulin, county agent, yesterday told the Grays Harbor County Planning Commission, of which he is a member. He reported plans for a test plot of fiber flax to be grown this year. F.W. Mathias reported on the tung tree plantings being made under the auspices of the Hoquiam Chamber of Commerce. Plans for test plantings of two varieties of hickory were also discussed.

50 years ago, April 30/May 1, 1962

• A special Washington State University “Mom’s Weekend” bus is scheduled to leave from the Harbor area for Pullman at 6:30 a.m., Friday. The bus returns following lunch at Pullman on Sunday.

• Bob’s Chevron Service in Elma has been selected as one of six in the Grays Harbor area to be designated an official Century 21 Information Bureau, according to proprietor Bob Beerbower. Information available to tourists and Elma-area residents includes pamphlets, booklets, maps of the fairgrounds and ways to reach the Seattle exposition.

25 years ago, April 30/May 1, 1987

• A lot of free dinners growing up on Grays Harbor helped make New York Jets’ offensive lineman Guy Bingham what he is today — a big leaguer. The handsome, square-jawed, 260-pounder said that because he lived at remote North River, many of his friends’ parents in Aberdeen and Cosmopolis often fed him when he stayed after school for practice at AHS.

Bingham, a seven-year veteran of the NFL, is this year’s AHS Distinguished Alumnus.

Despite numerous coaches over the years, the former Harborite said that no other coach has had the ability to motivate players like the late Al Eklund, former Bobcat coach. And Dick Dixon, head basketball and assistant football coach during Bingham’s Aberdeen tenure, “brought out the best in us.”

Before giving a speech at Aberdeen High School, Bingham admitted with a smile, “I only remember one distinguished alumnus assembly from when I was here. We used to skip all those assemblies. Attendance was a lot looser in those days.”

Bingham, 29, told stories of life in the NFL. In his first year during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was told by Mean Joe Greene that he didn’t appreciate being kicked on the last play. “I didn’t think I had kicked him so I just walked away,” Bingham said. But after that, it seemed the rest of the Jets mattered little to Greene. “On the next play, he went right over to me, punched me in the stomach three times and threw me down.”

Then in his first game against the Seahawks in Seattle, with family and friends eager to see him play, Bingham experienced every long snapper’s nightmare. On a Jet’s punt early in the game, Bingham snapped the ball over the kicker’s head, leading to a Seahawk touchdown. Seattle went on to win 27-23.

• A razor clam beach walk and two digging clinics are scheduled Saturday by the state Department of Fisheries at locations on the north and south beaches. A Fisheries biologist will lead a walk at Ocean City State Park, demonstrating how to spot clam “show” and digging techniques with shovels and tubes.

A Fisheries biologist will present a film and slide show Saturday evening demonstrating proper digging techniques, clam cleaning and updates on the NIX problem. Clinic participants will also get a chance to practice digging in a “sandbox on wheels.”

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