World Gone By 5/9


75 years ago, May 9, 1938

• Sale of 350 feet of waterfront at the old cooperage plant in South Aberdeen to Chris Foss and associates of the Chatham Straits Fish Company, Seattle, was announced today.

The property is located almost in the center of the old tug factory site.

The Chatham Company operates big herring packing and fish reduction works in Alaska.

• Dr. Annie Abel Henderson will address the members of Grays Harbor chapter, American Association of University Women at the banquet Thursday night at the Aberdeen Elks.

Dr. Henderson has chosen as her subject “Some Thoughts on Russia, Old and New” and her material is expected to be most interesting due to the fact that she is an authority on Russia and is writing a book on its history.

50 years ago, May 9, 1963

• Harold Erickson is not only a forklift operator during installation of new equipment at the boelite plant at the Port of Grays Harbor but also a substitute “mother” for three hungry and abandoned baby birds. With tweezers he feeds the gaping beaks with pieces of worms supplied by Pat Curry and friends.

Momma bird had built her nest on a corner 2-by-4 but when contractor Ed Lundgren arranged for birds and nest to be shifted to an outdoor sheltered ledge, mama abandoned the babies.

Erickson takes the babies and nest home at night and carries them to work in the morning “because everybody seems to have an interest in them.”

• Walt Reames, stocky Hoquiam left-hander, pitched and batted the Grizzlies into first place in the Northern Division with a 2-0 no-hit victory over Centralia yesterday.

25 years ago, May 9, 1988

• “DANGER. Asbestos. Cancer and Lung Disease Hazard.”

Every school day, all day, many of the 185 students at North Beach High School in Moclips pass those warning signs. There’s one on the boiler room door, another on a pump room door and a third on a closet in the music room.

Air-borne asbestos was found during a recent state-mandated inspection.

And when it rains, they place towels on the hall floors to catch the drips from the ceiling.

On May 17, for the fourth time in almost as many years, voters in the district will be asked to approve a $6.85 million bond issue to build a middle school-high school complex on property in Oyehut presently owned by the University of Washington.

• Grays Harbor residents can vote on the design for a county flag. Four rough-draft designs will be on display at the Courthouse in Montesano today through Friday with ballots available for anyone interested in having a say about the new standard.

The flag project is part of the state centennial celebration. All 39 counties are expected to produce 3-by-5-foot flags that will be formally exhibited at the governor’s inaugural ball in January.

Harbor artists Dick and Lynn Creevan submitted the proposals.

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