World Gone By 5/11


75 years ago, May 11, 1938

• A glance at the menu shows the smorgasbord Grays Harbor Swedes will serve Saturday night after their tercentenary program including 1,000 meatballs swimming in a tank of gravy, one rick of Swedish rye, a 10-foot column of hardtack, rull sylta, press sylta, kalv sylta and sil lada, caviar, one dozen varieties of salads and 20 kinds of cookies.

• The Flight of American volunteers formerly with government forces in Spain has brought an influx of former soldiers to Le Havre seeking passage home.

Sixteen already stranded in Le Havre said today 12 more were hiking up from southern France.

The exodus, they said, started after the government’s Lincoln-Washington battalion was broken at Gandesa April 1 in the insurgent drive to the Mediterranean. Without funds or passports the volunteers, including Milferd Chapin of Aberdeen, face an expulsion order by the French government without means of going home.

50 years ago, May 11, 1963

Something happened last night to Willis Rambo that probably never had happened to him before.

This urbane diplomat of a thousand delicate situations, being honored by several hundred friends, associates, relatives, former students and fellow citizens on his retirement as Montesano superintendent of schools, choked up with emotion and ran out of words.

The storm of applause that followed the high school band’s playing of the “Alma Mater” and the long line of well-wishers who waited to shake his hand merely added emphasis to his service to the community.

• Elma High School’s baseballers swept both ends of a Central League doubleheader yesterday, shutting out Montesano twice, 3-0 and 1-0.

John Matau fired a two-hit shutout in the opener for the Eagles besting Monte’s Denny Frizzell, and then Eddie Michalak won a close five-inning pitching duel from Bill Bowen.

25 years ago, May 11, 1988

Brian McGregor, a local artist whose work is gathering national acclaim, has donated a print of his award-winning painting “Sunlight on Dolphins” to Grays Harbor College.

“I’m in good company,” the longtime Aberdeen resident said. “The school displays a lot of Elton Bennett’s work here.”

“I’d like someday to build a big enough name for myself so that (the paintings) mean something,” said McGregor, who is preparing to leave Grays Harbor to study chiropractics at a medical school.

• The Quinaults have received a $5 million federal grant to build their own high school. Barring any hitches, construction will begin in August and students from Taholah will attend the new school in the fall of 1989.

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