75 years ago
July 5, 1938
• Approximately 5,000 Grays Harbor residents and out-of-town visitors witnessed a spectacular fireworks display and other attractions last night at Emerson Field, the climax to one of the best three-day Fourth of July Splash celebrations ever arranged here. The celebration was sponsored by the Hoquiam American Legion post.
During the night show, members of the 10th field artillery bombarded a building erected on the hill north of the field.
One of the most exciting events of the closing program was the dare-devil riding of Grays Harbor Motorcycle club members. The crowd was thrilled as George White and Paul Lambrix crashed through burning walls. On one ride through two burning walls, White was knocked unconscious but soon recovered.
• Aaron Strickland and Charles A. Lewis, both with the carnival which played at the Myrtle Street grounds, were treated early this morning for injuries reported to have been inflicted by the carnival gorilla.
July 6, 1938
Celebrating Goldberg Furniture’s 12-year anniversary, a 5-piece living room ensemble by Kroehler is on sale for $89.50, including a large luxurious davenport, a handsome, roomy chair, an ottoman with spring-filled top and 2 pillows to match. Available in brown, burgundy, wine and rust.
July 7, 1938
Planting of grass on the gridiron portion of Hoquiam’s new athletic field at Cherry and 28th streets is expected to be started about the latter part of July under the supervision of Oscar Relling, Hoquiam gardener. Seeding of the field will be rushed as rapidly as possible. It is hoped that the grass will be tough enough by November to permit the Hoquiam and Aberdeen high schools to play their annual Thanksgiving Day game there.
50 years ago
July 5, 1963
Sale of the 80-year-old Montesano Vidette to The Perkins Press was announced Friday by Chapin Collins, publisher of the pioneer Grays Harbor weekly newspaper.
Collins, publisher of the Vidette since 1927, will remain as editor and manager of the paper for a short period.
The paper was founded by J.E. Calder and J.W. Walsh who printed the first copy Feb. 1, 1883. Numerous timber claims were being taken out at the time and the law required that each be printed as a legal notice. Thus the reason for the paper’s founding.
July 6, 1963
An inferno of flames destroyed the Glen Gibbs Motors building, 119 Ellis St., Raymond, shortly after 2 p.m., yesterday, critically injuring mechanic Homer Peirsol.
Raymond volunteer firemen successfully stopped the roaring blaze from spreading via a strong southwest wind to neighboring frame buildings and the Lincoln and Kelso Hotels.
July 7, 1963
Sunday, no newspaper published
25 years ago
July 5, 1988
Aberdeen’s centennial Fourth of July celebration ended with a star-spangled Splash in the sky last night as thousands watched a spectacular hour-long fireworks show over the Chehalis River.
The revived four-day celebration was so successful that organizers say a repeat performance is certain.
Aberdeen police confiscated about $300 worth of illegal fireworks from people who had gathered on the banks of the river to watch the display.
Despite warnings that the city’s ordinance prohibiting the use of fireworks in public places would be strictly enforced, no citations were issued Monday night, said Police Chief Bill Ellis.
Officers weaved their way through the crowds last night verbally warning people about the prohibition and seizing illegal fireworks. Ellis said the confiscated fireworks will be destroyed.
July 6, 1988
Grays Harbor amateur radio enthusiasts reported more than a thousand contacts around the world during the Fourth of July weekend to commemorate Olympic National Park’s 50th anniversary.
There could have been more, but the goal of a three-day “commemorative station” radio marathon was quality, not quantity, said the event’s chairman, Hoquiamite Joe Ledesma.
“We carried on a little bit of a conversation with them,” he said — unlike some contests in amateur radio where operators struggle to fill sheets of paper with the maximum number on contacts.
About 20 operators using the club call sign stayed on the air in shifts, calling repeatedly during most of the hours between 8 a.m., Saturday and 5 p.m., Monday.
July 7, 1988
Violent crimes increased 31.5 percent on Grays Harbor last year, and the county was once again the ninth worst in the state for felony offenses, a new study shows. Drugs play a key role, local officials say.
“I don’t think the crime rate we are experiencing here is an acceptable one,” said Police Chief Bill Ellis, noting the 50 percent surge in violent offenses and 6.7 percent leap in property crimes citywide. “There are a number of things we are doing to try to reverse that.”
Among them, he said, are new crime prevention programs, increased emphasis on criminal offenses rather than traffic control and a two-prong attack on the Harbor’s serious drug problem.
In January, the Sheriff’s Office banded together with Aberdeen and Hoquiam police to form the countywide Drug Task Force. Additionally, Aberdeen police and the school district have provided elementary students with anti-drug “DARE” programs the past couple of years.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.