World Gone By 5/12

75 years ago, May 12, 1938

• LaVerne Lundgren, 12, of Central Park, narrowly escaped death yesterday when a broken double-edged razor blade slipped down his throat and lodged in the esophagus.

The blade was removed at St. Joseph’s Hospital by Dr. F.N. Berken, assisted by Dr. M.P. Graham.

Special instruments were used to lift the blade which was in a dangerous position. The slightest movement of the blade from its course might have caused death or serious injury, medical men stated today.

• Clyde Bugher, Wishkah Valley bark peeler, apparently picked the wrong neck of the woods this week.

And then he picked the wrong tree.

While peeling bark, Bugher was confronted by a large, advancing and evidently incensed black bear. Tarrying not, he took to a tall fir tree while the bear clawed the ground for yards around and roared in thwarted dudgeon.

The bear-baited Bugher then found two small cubs perched complacently in a tree hard by his own fir sanctuary. For two hours, with mama bruin venting her rage in roaring recrimination, the baffled bark peeler clung to his hold on the tree while the young bears eyed him cheerfully.

The Bugher’s dog arrived, barked the bruin into ignominious retreat and escorted his master safely home.

50 years ago, May 12, 1963

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, May 12, 1988

• Individuals, families, businesses and service clubs took less than 10 days to rally around the Aberdeen Lions Club call for contributions to landscape the Riverwalk at Morrison Park.

Will Foster, the Lion chairing the fund raiser, reports that 39 sections have been sponsored — three more than originally planned.

A quarter-mile asphalt walkway along the industrial water line at the tip of the park is the site of the project. The Lions are laying railroad ties with weekend work parties.

“We have had a terrific response from the community,” Foster said. “In fact, we’re going to be able to expand the project.”

• Lynley Cain of Montesano has been accepted for membership in the United States Collegiate Wind Band, a highly select musical organization that will make a three-week concert tour of Europe and England in July.

The high school junior, daughter of Alan and Lola Cain, plays oboe in the Montesano High School Concert Band directed by Tim Nelson.

• Jason Spoon scored three goals and added an assist as Aberdeen tripped Hoquiam 6-4 in a Black Hills League soccer match at Hoquiam Wednesday.

The maturing Bobcats ended their first year with an 8-8 record while the Grizzlies fell to 7-4-1 with two games remaining.

Aberdeen Coach Alfie Bensinger said the .500 season was “just where we wanted to be,” adding that the improvement of his younger players was most gratifying.

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