75 years ago
August 7, 1938
Sunday, no newspaper published
August 8, 1938
• Under the eyes of hundreds of Westport visitors, Grays Harbor’s tunamen yesterday chugged into port with 75,000 pounds of albacore, one of the heaviest hauls so far this season.
Up until last night five full refrigerator cars of Harbor-landed tuna were whizzed out of Aberdeen for San Pedro canneries.
• Albert Franciscovich, young Aberdeen tosser, won 10 games while losing one to capture the seventh annual Grays Harbor County horseshoe pitching tournament at Samuel Benn Park yesterday. Franciscovich dethroned Edward Fischer, Neilton, who had won the title three years running.
50 years ago
August 7, 1963
• Mrs. John F. Kennedy, wife of the president — gave birth to their third child — a son — today at the Otis Air Force Base Hospital in Massachusetts. The White House said the condition of the child born five and a half weeks prematurely and of Mrs. Kennedy was good.
• Aberdeen’s Washington State Babe Ruth Champions smashed out a sizzling 16 to 3 victory over the Idaho champs yesterday in a torrid performance which was only matched by the 110 degree weather in Kellogg.
Aberdeen players smashed 17 hits including an in-the-park home run by third baseman Walt Failor Jr.
Aberdeen pitching was the game’s outstanding feature as Mike Aleksey, left-handed pitching ace, posted a three hit shutout until the last inning when the heat began to show its mark.
August 8, 1963
• Among the cast members of “Sawdust to Satellites,” the Diamond Jubilee pageant presented every night this week at Stewart Field, are seven veterans — people who performed in the pageant when Aberdeen celebrated its Golden Jubilee 25 years ago.
The faithful performers are John (Bus) Fairbairn, Dave Pinckney, Dunbar Pinckney, Dora James, Valerie Svisek, Genevieve Wilson and Grace Jackson.
• Steve Foshaug, pitcher for the Washington Babe Ruth champs from Aberdeen, narrowly missed a no-hitter last night but made up for the run producing double he allowed by whacking a double himself in the third inning and later scoring.
The Aberdeen team outscored the Riverton, Wyo. team to remain in the undefeated bracket in the regional tourney being played in Kellogg, Idaho.
25 years ago
August 7, 1988
• Forty-year-old longshoreman Daryl Graham endured some teasing about his age but went on to win the “Bull of the Woods” title at Logger’s Day in Raymond Saturday. All Around Logger at Hoquiam’s Loggers Playday competition in 1986, 1985, 1980 and 1979, the Ocosta resident earned 20 points Saturday, tying the record he set at Playday.
One of Graham’s first places yesterday was the Jack and Jill sawing competition he entered with his 18-year-old daughter, Amy.
• Wearing a T-shirt emblazoned “America’s Best” and sipping a bottle of Washington state beer, Dmitry Vinotradov quietly celebrated his first anniversary of freedom at Aberdeen’s port dock Saturday.
A year ago the Soviet biologist, who acted as interpreter for a Soviet research ship docked in Aberdeen, was granted asylum.
He has not tried to contact his parents in the USSR and he knows it would be dangerous to his friends there if he tried to write them.
After a year in this country, he was eligible to apply for a green card for temporary residency and he did that Friday.
August 8, 1988
Youth was served in high fashion in the 12th annual Washington Crab Best Ball Golf Tournament Saturday and Sunday at Highland.
Mark Mitrovich and Rick Pearson, both 31, romped to victory with a tournament record gross best ball score of 124 for 36 holes.
Mitrovich, a Port Angeles elementary school teacher and high school golf coach, is an Aberdeen High School grad.
Pearson was once a lefthanded quarterback for Hoquiam.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.