75 years ago
July 8, 1938
Grays Harbor nudists won “a clean bill of health” this afternoon following a surprise visit to the camp by county officials.
County officials, including Commissioners Ultican and Aarhaus, Assessor Wheeler, Sheriff Bartell, Prosecutor Manley and Deputy Krause, found the “nudists” all to be wearing at least some articles of clothing. They were informed that members of the colony are “always partly clothed.”
Officials said the colony was “exceptionally well screened” and that they found “nothing any more objectionable than at any bathing beach.”
Prosecutor Manley later said he found no evidence which would in any way warrant prosecution.
July 9, 1938
Hoquiam Odd Fellows will mark the 50th anniversary of the installation of lodge No. 48 in special exercises Aug. 26. Alex Polson, retired logging company head, was the first noble grand. He will be honored at the anniversary rites.
50 years ago
July 8, 1963
Without fanfare and with but few persons aware of it. Roger Hoiland of 8th Avenue in Aberdeen yesterday did what no man had done before — swim the Grays Harbor channel from Ocean Shores to Westport.
Hoiland, 28, completed the feat in 2 1/2 hours, with Russell Tetzlaff and Robert Moore accompanying him in a boat.
Only last Thursday, Gervis (Mike) Robey was prevented from accomplishing the swim because of an unexpected treacherous northerly current. He will try again over the Labor Day weekend.
July 9, 1963
• “From Sawdust to Satellites” This will be the name of the Aberdeen Diamond Jubilee historical pageant which will be presented at Stewart Field from Aug. 5 to 9.
Richer by a $25 savings bond is Vern Mouncer of Elma who submitted the name.
LaFaye Hawley, pageant director, announced that last night’s casting party in the Aberdeen Elks Temple was very successful with more than 300 persons turning out as potential members of the cast.
• Sherrie Failor was leading all other candidates for queen of Aberdeen’s Diamond Jubilee with the first check-in of the would-be queens at Diamond Jubilee headquarters last night. Close behind was Susan Furth, with Jo Ann Manenica right on her heels and Charlotte Haney in fourth place.
Incentive is an all-expense-paid trip to Hawaii on a Northwest Airlines jet with accommodations at one of Waikiki Beaches top hotels.
25 years ago
July 8, 1988
The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority has decided to postpone the much-advertised Sept. 5 launching of the tall ship Lady Washington until Nov. 12. to coincide with the state Centennial observance.
Janet Richardson, executive director of the Historical Seaport, is calling the delay a “good business decision.”
Completion of the second ship the Columbia and a museum should coincide with the 200th anniversary of Captain Robert Gray’s discovery of Grays Harbor in 1792.
July 9, 1988
• Plucking berries, gathering ferns and picking wild mushrooms is “more of a lifestyle than a living, I guess,” says Jeff Hines of Aberdeen.
But the friendly, 31-year-old single parent of two daughters, finds more ways every year to profit from nature’s bounty.
“I’m trying to get into all the wild food items,” Hines said. “There’s kind of a gourmet, Yuppie supermarket in Seattle, and it’s outrageous what they’ll pay for this stuff!”
He’s speaking of such things as the fresh berries that grow in abundance alongside Washington’s highways, the delectable mushrooms hiding in the forest in the sun-dappled shade and the ferns that are in great demand among European florists, particularly in Germany.
• When John Moss came to Aberdeen as a physician’s assistant in 1972, he planned to stay just a year. Instead, he stayed for 16.
And now Dr. Charles Pollock’s well-respected assistant has decided it’s finally time for him to move on. He started work last week as a “PA” at Group Health in Olympia.
He and his wife, Nancy, will move to the other side of the Black Hills when their home sells.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.