World Gone By 5/8

75 years ago, May 8, 1938

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago, May 8, 1963

• A South Bend logger plunged 700 feet down a canyon near Menlo late yesterday afternoon when a road beneath his bulldozer gave way.

Thus began for logger Victor Gibbons, in his 60’s, a dramatic rescue operation involving an ambulance, a fire department rescue unit and private help.

According to information pieced together from rescuers’ reports, Gibbons rolled with the tractor as it turned over three times.

“He told us he couldn’t get out when the cat was rolling,” a rescuer said. “It must have happened pretty fast, and he’s lucky to be alive.”

Gibbons, employed by Rueben Penttila of Naselle, was in the woods southeast of Menlo about 5 miles from Trap Creek Road junction with the Raymond-Chehalis highway.

• Friday night only at the Emerson Hotel — Jack Roberts and his Evergreen Drifters, the Northwest’s greatest Western “Swing Style” dance attraction and stars of KOMO-TV’s Evergreen Jubilee, will provide music for dancing. There’s a $2 cover charge.

25 years ago, May 8, 1988

• With a strong dose of maritime showmanship, the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority Saturday celebrated the discovery of the Harbor 206 years ago.

Seaport employees wore colonial costumes. Shipwrights sang 18th Century sailing songs. And tall ships memorabilia, most of which is for sale, was displayed on the project’s newly opened viewing deck.

“I think it’s fantastic,” said John Whitaker, one of about 10 members of the Poulsbo Yacht Club who traveled to east Aberdeen for the Discovery Day celebration.

The Seaport Authority hosted the festivities in celebration of Capt. Gray’s discovery on this harbor on May 7, 1792 during an expedition to the Pacific Northwest.

• Firefighters remained at the Wachter Sawmill east of Malone until about 1:30 a.m., Saturday, dousing smoldering embers from a fire that had erupted late Friday.

The blaze all but destroyed the small cedar processing mill, said Porter Fire Chief Gerald Bailey. It is the second time in the past 15 years a sawmill has burst into flames at that site.

• On the heels of two state indoor pistol shooting championships at Custer (a tiny community located west of Lynden near the Canadian border), Byron Overton, the soft-spoken Montesano High School teacher, considers himself on track in his quest to represent the United States in this summer’s Olympic Games.

“My shooting right now is right on schedule,” Overton said after capturing state indoor free pistol and center fire titles.

The versatile Overton was once a strong Olympic candidate in a very different sport. He won several national titles in 50-kilometer race-walking but a broken foot kept him out of the 1972 trials.

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