World Gone By 6/25


75 years ago

June 24, 1938

Diamond rings valued at $1,800 were stolen from the Fred Straub Jewelry Store in Hoquiam several days ago by a shoplifter according to information contained in a justice court warrant issued yesterday.

The complaint signed by Mr. Straub charges that the suspect entered the store early on June 2 and stole a tray of 48 platinum diamond set wedding rings and ring sets of the value of $1,800. The suspect was identified through prison pictures and records as an ex-convict.

June 25, 1938

Personal differences between two members of the Margaret Schafer crew have tied up all work aboard the ship and delayed her sailing to California.

The trouble started two days ago when an oiler member of the Marine Firemen, Oilers and Water-Tenders association, and the ships first assistant engineer, member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, clashed in the ship’s engine room, following an argument assertedly over reconditioning of quarters. In the altercation, the oiler allegedly was clouted over the head with a wrench.

Sailors aboard the vessel have refused to sail in her while the “dangerous man” is aboard. The marine engineers refuse to permit the man’s discharge. Thus unable to solve the difficulty the ship’s operators have appealed to San Francisco for aid in adjusting the trouble.

50 years ago

June 24, 1963

• An overflow crowd from Ocean Shores gave the Hotelship Catala its first taste of summer business this weekend.

Forty persons who were unable to find accommodations at regular Ocean Shores motels were admitted to freshly prepared rooms on the Catala which doesn’t officially open until Saturday.

The ship , which was floated in from Long Beach, Calif., as a special hotel and restaurant attraction will accommodate 100 guests at its opening.

• Bing Sudderth of Hoquiam is en route to spend the summer in Sweden under the auspices of the local chapter of the American Field Service. He will be making his home with the Hallgren family in Valdemarsvik, Ostergotland, Sweden.

June 25, 1963

• Undersheriff A.M. (Pat) Gallagher, who returned Sunday from the U.S. Army Military Police School at Fort Gordon, Georgia, termed the facility “outstanding.”

“It was very interesting and informative trip,” said Gallagher, who was one of a small group of West Coast law officers treated to a complete tour of the school. “We were provided with a real insight into the high caliber of the men the army trains and teaches at this fine military police school,” he said.

• Three 16-year-old boys from the Twin Harbors Area boy Scout Council returned home Sunday from a six-day canoe trip down Idaho’s Clearwater River.

Making the trip were Leonard Houpt, Dennis Russell and David Whitcher, all of Central park.

A highlight of the trip came the fourth night out when five gallons of ice cream and a quantity of cookies were parachuted in, giving the party of 31 a treat from the dehydrated food they consumed during their journey.

25 years ago

June 24, 1988

Sixty-year-old memories will be tossed around like footballs when the Aberdeen High School Class of 1928 gathers for its reunion Saturday night at the Aberdeen Eagles Hall.

Six senior members of the Bobcats’ 1927 Southwest Washington League championship football team are due at the reunion. They include star halfback Hank Murphy, quarterback Merle Atkinson, end Cooks Liukko, halfback Bill Waara, guard Leonard Dombroski and tackle Bill Jaskar.

June 25, 1988

When Jan Vessey’s husband and partner John died she kept the business and drafted three of her sons to help her make it work.

Mrs. Vessey and sons, Stan, Scott and Dale successfully regrouped and together have operated Vessey and Sons Construction for the past nine years, building logging roads, demolishing buildings and clearing land.

But it was the Vessey family’s community spirit that earned them the title “Business of the Year” by the Montesano Chamber of Commerce this month.

They have been known to donate work at city ball parks, help contain hay and brush fires and level and gravel the lot next to the fire hall that the firefighters use for drills.

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