World Gone By 7/11

75 years ago

July 10, 1938

Sunday, no newspaper published

July 11, 1938

Any Grays Harbor candidate for office who fails to condemn communism “and its brain child, the Commonwealth Federation,” will incur political displeasure of members of the Order of Better Americans, the order’s master council members declared today in a press statement.

“Communism has invaded every organization and institution in the land with scurrilous propaganda,” the statement read, “and we do not propose to stand by and watch the hammer and sickle creep any closer to the mast head of the stars and stripes or to see this red horde of Moscow agents defeat liberty and justice.”

50 years ago

July 10, 1963

Clam diggers on the Twin Harbors beaches paid more than $500 in fines over the holiday weekend for digging clams over their limit or for wasting clams.

Most of the violations were by visitors from outside the Grays Harbor area, according to State Department of Fisheries investigators.

Citations were issued to persons who were found with seven clams over the 18 clam limit, and to several who had 48 extra clams and were fined $50.

A digger from Federal Way was fined $28.50 for returning four clams to the beach and a Raymond digger was arrested yesterday for returning six broken clams.

An investigator said wastage has been high which is an indication that digging is good.

July 11, 1963

• First real local evidence of relaxation of the controversial Jones Law and possible relief for the Pacific Northwest cargo mills was visible on Grays Harbor yesterday as lumber cut by the Western Lumber Company was loaded aboard the Kazukawa Maru for Puerto Rico.

• An unusual vehicle, both in looks and function, is in Aberdeen today.

The vehicle, the British Motor C. Mobile Service Training Unit, is a workshop on wheels. It looks like a cross between a truck and a bus and is sent around the country by the English motor firm to deep BMC distributors and dealers abreast of developments and repair techniques on its complete range of cars and trucks.

In Aberdeen, it is providing training for the staff at Grays Harbor Motors, including Richard Trohimovich, service manager and partner in the company, and the Foster brothers, Fred, Carl and Dennis, all of whom are mechanics.

25 years ago

July 10, 1988

• Former Raymond Police Chief Bill Lee suffered life-threatening burns Saturday afternoon when leaking gasoline ignited at the Jackpot Service Station he operates.

A quick thinking bread truck driver snuffed out the flames with a fire extinguisher.

Details of the accident are still under investigation although officials say Lee had just changed a gas pump fuel filter.

• Enter a time when lords fought for the honor of their ladies, when courtesy was the rage, when chivalry was not dead. Enter the re-enacted Middle Ages. “We try to recreate the Middle Ages as they should have been, not as they were,” explains Lady Elanor or Eccleshall. When she isn’t in Medieval Europe she is Karen Eccles of Tacoma.

Lady Elanor and 50 others from throughout the kingdom of An Tir gathered this weekend for an event sponsored by the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

“You don’t see anyone getting sick from the plague,” pointed out Eric McManus, president or “seneschal of the Grays Harbor Chapter (Shire of Silverthorne) sponsoring the event.

Trina Vessey’s run-scoring single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Grays Harbor Merchants a wildly-fluctuating 12-11 victory over the Blazers in an all-Montesano winners’ bracket final of the District 15 and under girls’ fastpitch tournament Saturday at Aberdeen’s Pioneer Park.

July 11, 1988

• The Montesano School District today announced the hiring of Brent Whitaker as the new head football coach at Montesano High School.

Whitaker succeeds Les Bennett, who resigned following the 1987 season.

He has been a member of the Wenatchee Valley College coaching staff for the past six years and was the Knights’ defensive coordinator the past two seasons.

• The Grays Harbor Merchants took the long way around but still arrived at their goal, the district girls 15-under fast pitch championship yesterday at Pioneer Park.

The Merchants downed the Wildcats, 10-4, in the championship contest. The Wildcats had forced the issue down to the wire by edging the Merchants, 7-6, in the first game of the title series.

Lisa Crites went the distance in the deciding game. The tall lefthander struck out four and was in command all the way. Trina Vessey and Chris Nelson both went 3 for 5 for the winners.

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