75 years ago
June 26, 1938
Sunday, no newspaper published
June 27, 1938
Plagued by another epidemic of forest fires, Grays Harbor wardens today, the 46th day of an almost unprecedented early season dry spell, scanned the skies in vain for a drop of rain.
Four small fires have sprung up the past three days while renewed efforts are being made to quell the large blaze on the west branch of the Wishkah River, where flames have been burning through brush and second growth for almost three weeks.
50 years ago
June 26, 1963
• The arrival of the new fire engine at Ocean Shores Estates is reason enough for a celebration ball starting at 8:30 o’clock Friday at the Convention Hall.
Fire Chief Don Wescott and members of the Ocean Shores volunteer Firemen’s Association will be on hand to greet visitors. The new engine will be parked outside the hall.
• The old adage, “up a creek without a paddle,” aptly describes a mallard duck which recently joined a tame duck flock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walt Bebich in South Aberdeen.
Completely duck-like in every other department, the Mallard hen has no webbing on her feet. The feet, as a matter of fact, resemble those of large chickens, complete with spurs on the heels.
She quacks just as long and loud as any of the other ducks but seem to have more trouble swimming.
The only logical explanation offered so far for the unusual pair of feet is an evident mutation between a duck and some type of land fowl. If this is the answer, perhaps a thorough search should be started immediately to see if a chicken can be located wearing webbed feet.
June 27, 1963
• Machinery for the Sargent Boulevard area project was set in motion last night when Aberdeen city fathers approved installation of the new above ground industrial water pipeline.
R.V. Anderson, city engineer, explained that the 54-inch line will be placed above the existing roadway next to the Northern Pacific Railroad.
The pipe, which will be paid for by Rayonier Incorporated, will be of reinforced concrete. The existing wood stave pipe will be abandoned and either removed or sand filled.
• The new Heron to Wishkah street cutoff to East Aberdeen will open tomorrow morning according to City Engineer R.V., Anderson.
The cutoff has been named Hornsby Way, after Councilman Elmer Hornsby.
25 years ago
June 26, 1988
At their 60th reunion Saturday night, members of Weatherwax High School’s class of 1928 spent the night trading recollections, listening to a banjo band and spinning yarns.
Merle Atkinson told of the football game against Chehalis were the other team seems to know what play the Bobcats were going to execute each time. “So we got in the huddle and decided to call the plays in Finn. We won the game.”
Katie Andrijasevich Phipps, who now lives in San Francisco, thinks Aberdeen has seen better times, noting the run-down appearance of the now-abandoned Finch Building where she worked for 14 years. “Aberdeen has sure deteriorated during the years,” she said.
• The one thing that Aberdeen native George Chemeres may enjoy more than watching boxing is talking boxing.
A mere inquiry as to who he favors in Monday night’s Mike Tyson-Michael Spinks heavyweight championship match sends the longtime Seattle manager-trainer on a conversational odyssey that includes dissertations on various fighters he has handled, his dislike for one-dimensional punchers (many rely so heavily on their power that they fail to condition themselves properly) and even an impromptu demonstration on how George Foreman should have countered Muhammad Ali’s “rope-a-dope” tactics during their legendary 1974 bout in Zaire.
Underdog Spinks, in George’s opinion, has an excellent chance of handing Tyson his first professional loss in Monday’s showdown.
“If (Spinks) gets by the first six, seven rounds without getting hurt, I think he’s got a helluva chance,” said the 75-year-old Aberdeen native who is marking his 60th year in the fight game.
June 27, 1988
• When Greg Law was valedictorian of his North Beach High School class last year he had achieved what no member of the Quinault Indian Nation had done since 1946. Now the 19-year-old has done what no Quinault has ever done. He left today for West Point.
Some 24,000 young people seek an appointment to the United States Military Academy each year, Only about 1,400 are accepted.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.