World Gone By 6/11


75 years ago June 10, 1938

Lester Carlson of Cherry Street in Aberdeen is pedaling his way through Germany and the Scandinavian countries, according to word received by his parents.

He left the Harbor April 13, sailing as a galley worker in the Norwegian motorship Berganger, bent on a five-months solo trip through Europe.

Carlson purchased a bicycle in Antwerp for $27. He mentions visiting the old cathedrals and guild halls in Antwerp as well as an old fort called The Steen and is headed to the Scandinavian countries.

The firm that sold him the bike has branches in every port in Europe and no matter where a traveler is he can sell his bike for $10.

June 11, 1938

A $200,000 plant to reduce Grays Harbor county and Olympic peninsula manganese ore and other minerals will be built shortly about two and one-half miles south of Neilton, A.C. Murray, spokesman for a group of Grays Harbor investors, announced today.

Plans call for reduction of 250 tons of manganese ore daily to a concentrated bar metal form.

50 years ago June 10, 1963

Two Aberdeen Boy Scouts, Edwin Van Syckle Jr. of Troop 11 and Peter VanderWegen, Troop 5 yesterday were presented the coveted God and Country award at ceremonies in the First Presbyterian Church. More than 250 members of the congregation witnessed the ceremony.

June 11, 1963

• The hotel ship Catala, under tow for Grays Harbor from Long Beach, Calif., ran headlong into a heavy storm off the Northern California coast yesterday and took refuge in Trinidad Bay.

Built 35 years ago for the Seattle-Alaska trade, the Catala served as a floating hotel last year during the Century 21 World’s Fair in Seattle. Purchased by Ocean Shores Estates, she has served most recently as the set for production of a television film.

• Al Eklund, veteran Bobcat football line coach who takes over as head man of the AHS pigskin machine next fall, leaves for Purdue University this week and his second summer of work on a national mathematics scholarship. In addition to his coaching assignment, Al heads up the Weatherwax High mathematics department. Before leaving, Al told us that the bobcats will experiment with the new “I-formation” next fall.

25 years ago June 10, 1988

Grays Harbor College President Joe Malik was one of eight candidates elected in April to the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges Board of Directors. The organization is considered to be one of the most influential higher education groups in the nation.

“I consider it a real honor,” the Elma native said in an interview this week.

June 11, 1988

• Lt. Col. Michael J. Vanairsdale, a 1966 Elma High graduate, has taken command of the 7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment. The battalion is part of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the only air assault division in the U.S. Army and the free world.

Vanairsdale acquired a BBA from Gonzaga University in 1970 and MBA from Syracuse University in 1979.

• A Harbor sweepstakes winner in the Washington Press Association journalism awards for 1988 has won three national awards for photos and a photo story published in the Quinault Natural Resources magazine.

Larry Workman, 40, Tribal Forester for the Quinault Nation, was honored Saturday night at the National Federation of Press Women awards banquet in Little Rock, Ark.

One of his first place awards was for a picture story showing the “analemma,” the figure-eight annual motion of the sun in time lapse photography.

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