75 years ago
July 1, 1938
Buildings of the Aberdeen Lumber & Shingle company’s abandoned plant in South Aberdeen were wrecked beyond repair this week when an army, estimated by some as high as 300 men, women and children, attacked the structures for fuel. A halt was called yesterday by city officials after Clyde Pitchford reported to police that residents of South Aberdeen had moved in with wrecking tools and were taking large amounts of lumber and timbers from the structures.
Fearing someone might be killed in the rush for free wood, Police notified City Engineer S.C. Watkins who found the structures so badly undermined and weakened by the wreckers that condemnation was resorted to. The people were ordered away and barricades placed.
July 2, 1938
• Swarming into Grays Harbor from Puget Sound and out-of-state, a tremendous cavalcade of automobiles swept down the highways to Aberdeen, the Olympic peninsula and beach resorts today as pleasure-bound thousands came here to enjoy the Fourth of July weekend.
“I was on the highway early this morning,” said Sergeant W.A. Hamm with the State Patrol, “and never have I seen so many outside cars so far in advance of the actual holiday.”
• Bud’s Super Cream Shop at 212 E. Heron, next to the Spar in Aberdeen, is offering giant quarts of ice cream for 50¢. Flavors this weekend include Caramel Cluster, Almond Roca, Tango (pineapple and grape), New York Salad, Fresh Banana and Fresh Strawberry.
50 years ago
July 1, 1963
Richard Edwards, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Edwards of Central park, flashed home ahead of the pack Saturday afternoon to take the 7th annual Aberdeen Soap Box Derby on Broadway Hill.
Edwards was presented the D.E. Knudsen Trophy and a $500 savings bond from the Chevrolet Division of General Motors Co. and an expense paid trip to Akron, Ohio to compete in the All-American Derby.
July 2, 1963
• Aberdeen Post No. 224 last week reached its goal of 1,000 members. Besides being the largest post in the state it is the only post in the western states to have 1,000 or more members.
• Prospects of catching a $500 fish in the Westport Fishing Derby helped set a new high for bar crossings Saturday even though the weather was miserable.
The lifeboat station at Westport reported 404 boats crossed the bar on Saturday and 344 on Sunday for a new two-day high this year of 748.
25 years ago
July 1, 1988
• Citing losses during the past two years, Safeway Stores Inc. has announced its supermarket in Raymond will shut its doors next month after 60 years at the same location.
The food market employs 25 people in this small, economically hard-hit Pacific County city.
According to store manager Randy Stenders, “My roof is about to fall over and croak” … the store needs new refrigeration units and more shelving capacity and the store is too small for modern marketing methods.
• More than 70 entries will line up in downtown Aberdeen Saturday afternoon for the Splash grand parade.
The Fourth of July celebration kicked off early this afternoon with the Geriatric Olympics, an open house at the Seaport Authority and the Kiddie Parade.
The Splash banquet starts at 7 tonight at the Eagles and the special guest will be Lt. Col. A.J. West, grandson of the founder of the first sawmill in Aberdeen.
• The Tokeland Oyster Co.’s commercial shellfish hatchery is one-of-a-kind to the area. The nearest one is located at Oregon.
Edwin Sherwood, owner of the Associated Seafoods at Markham purchased the first batch of oyster larvae from Tokeland Oyster earlier this week — about 25 million in a bucket.
July 2, 1988
A new, 40-unit, $1.4 million apartment complex under construction at 907 K Street in Hoquiam should be open by November.
• Channel Point Village is designed for senior citizens and is the seventh facility in the state to be built by Village Concepts, owned by a Federal Way family.
More than half of the apartments are studio-style. Others are one bedroom apartments and two are designed for the physically handicapped, said Wilma Cox, director of marketing.
Rental rates range from $705 to $825 for studios and $995 to $1,050 for one bedroom apartments.
• Aberdeen dentist Marc Tomlinson and his wife Suzanne have purchased the Harbor Health Club from timberman James C. Mason.
The Tomlinsons, along with physical therapist Sky Goudey have owned the Nautilus Fitness Center for the past two years. “We’re closing that and plan to combine the two operations right away,” Tomlinson said. “We have about 35 pieces of good Nautilus equipment that is being taken over there.”
• With the sport salmon season opening Sunday and the 4th of July on Monday, Westport will be one of the busiest places in the state this weekend.
“It’s going to be like three Mardi Gras,” said Audrey Ericson, working behind the counter at Coley’s Seafood Market.
Coley’s is a popular spot when the boats come in. Anglers can exchange their fresh catch for smoked or canned salmon, or have it prepared for shipment home.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.