75 years ago, May 20/21, 1938
• Long-decaying and sagging into decrepitude, the once roisterous mecca for seamen and fishermen, and one time headquarters for Aberdeen’s notorious Bill Gohl, the Pioneer Bar at Heron and F streets soon will be razed. With its removal will pass one of the city’s oldest landmarks, one of the few pretentious and ornate structures that escaped the disastrous fire of October, 1903, which all but leveled Aberdeen to the mudflats.
• Landing at Seattle 36 minutes after taking off from the Grays Harbor airport yesterday afternoon Pilots Al Berthold and Warren Smith completed the first air mail flight from the Harbor cities with 75 pounds or approximately 5,000 letters. Upward of 1,000 people gathered at the airport for the ceremonies which included an official blessing by Mrs. D.W. Fleet, mother of Major Reuben Fleet, who 20 years ago inaugurated the first air mail service in the United States.
• Former baseball stars of the big leagues, ex-Timber league players and present Sunset league campaigners will play a benefit game June 12 at Electric Park, the proceeds to go to Tommy Marlow, well-known Harbor ball player who is seriously ill in a Seattle hospital.
Present plans call for the biggest collection of old-time stars to appear that Grays Harbor fans have seen in recent years.
Vean Gregg, Al Dean, Marty O’Toole, Art Johnson, Fred Libke, Don Grant, Fred Gibcke, John Vakke and many others will play part of the game according to the sponsors.
50 years ago, May 20/21, 1963
• Aberdeen athletes walked away with the Southwest Washington Class AA District track championship Saturday at Chehalis as 1,500 sun-baked fans watched Gary Langhans shatter district records.
Taking full advantage of a fast track and the 85-degree weather, the Bobcats’ explosive sprinter, Langhans, boomed down the cinders in 9.7 seconds in the century and broad jumped 22 feet, 7 1/4 inches for new district and school records. He also won the 220 in 22.5 seconds and ran the opening leg on the winning 880 relay team to personally pile up 32 1/2 points in one of the most impressive displays of his much-decorated athletic career.
• Four Sea Scouts from District Eleven including Greg Stubb and Henry Hammond of Aberdeen will leave San Francisco June 8 for a trip to the Orient.
The Scouts will embark on the USS General Mitchell and visit such ports as Yokahama, Taiwan and Inchon. The cruise will last a month.
• Schoolboy patrol members from throughout Grays Harbor will attend the annual Schoolboy Patrol Outing Thursday at Lake Sylvia.
Some 500 boys are expected to attend, including approximately 200 from Aberdeen.
Hot dogs, pop, milk, ice cream and other treats will be served.
25 years ago, May 20/21, 1988
• Lisa Foss of Ocean Shores was named North Beach Junior Miss at the pageant May 7 at Ocean City. Along with the title the daughter of David and Leslie Foss will receive a $300 scholarship from the Ocean Shores Firefighters Association.
• Aberdeen is the last big town on the road to the magnificent western rain forests and mist-wreathed mountains within America’s third most popular national park.
But until 10 years ago, there was no store specializing in backpacking and mountaineering on the Harbor.
That’s when Jim Furubotten founded “Outside Connection.”
It first operated out of a box in his former home on Mitchell Street in North Aberdeen.
As of May 1, it has become a full-service backpacking, mountaineering and fishing store at the Wishkah Mall in Aberdeen at the old Hickory Farms location.
“It’s been a long dream,” said Furubotten last week, presiding over display racks of backpack stoves, summer hiking clothing, sleeping bags, boot, books and maps.
As a promotion and to bring outdoor enthusiasts together, Outside Connection will be offering a series of seminars and classes. The first one — a compass and map workshop — filled up almost immediately.
• The Black Hills League’s post-season baseball colors will now be carried exclusively by Hoquiam.
Sean Maloney provided the key blow with a three-run, fourth-inning double as the Grizzlies outslugged R.A. Long 10-6, in the opening game of the Region III AA tournament Friday in Centralia.
The Grizzlies were scarcely recognizable last night as a club that was involved in low scoring contests for much of the season.
They raked a trio of Lumberjack pitchers for 12 hits in an attack that featured Maloney’s three safeties and four runs batted in and Todd Plato’s 375-foot home run. The Redmen scored in five of the first six innings.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.