75 years ago, May 16, 1938
Burdened with 18 cars of rock, the big 329-foot railway barge used by the Columbia Construction company on the haul to the Grays Harbor south jetty, sunk early this morning in the Hoquiam ferry slip.
The barge was loaded at midnight Saturday in preparation for another of her usual trips to Westport. At 2 o’clock this morning through some reason yet undetermined, she filled and sank at her moorings in the slip, causing suspension of most of the jetty building activities.
Columbia officials said today they had not yet devised a way of retrieving the cars, the rock and the huge barge itself.
50 years ago, May 16, 1963
• Bill Warbington, popular Hoquiam High School senior, was honored this week by the Lions Club as “Boy of the Month.”
He is president of the Boys League and the Spanish Club at the school. He lettered in track in his junior year and in football and track this year.
• “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 Port Angeles, is written by Sherry Asikainen.
Port Angeles has the distinction of being the second national city of the United States. A more beautiful site for a national city could not have been found.
Port Angeles is not only a gateway to Canada but it is also an entrance to the northern Olympics, including breathtaking Hurricane Ridge, Deer Park and Elwa Valley.
The headquarters of Olympic National Park is located in the town. Just six miles south of the city lies the park boundary. One gateway is the road to Hurricane Ridge and its view of majestic snow-capped peaks and nine glaciers all in a row for you to see.
25 years ago, May 16, 1988
• Twenty eight teams and 336 Harborites participated in the Run Against Cancer at Stewart Field this weekend, raising at least $33,000 for the American Cancer Society.
• Hundreds of onlookers gawked Sunday at the Papac log loader and the demolished bridge lying at the bottom of Brittain Creek.
Early Saturday morning, the log loader pulled by Arie Callaghan of Don Bell Logging Co. proved to be too much for the bridge and it instantly plunged some 40 feet into the stream. County officials are investigating today why the 20-year-old bridge collapsed, but Saturday all county road engineer Russ Esses could say for sure was “Obviously it couldn’t withstand the load on it.”
Two families — the Tuffrees and the Stokens are stranded on the other side of the bridge.
• Lynn and Dick Creevan have completed their third mural — this one of the old Aberdeen Train Station on the wall of Goldberg’s Furniture Annex downtown.
The depot along the waterfront near State Street was torn down in 1974 after a battle that split City Hall.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.