World Gone By 9/10

75 years ago

September 9, 1938

• With the opening games of the season just one week away, Coach Elmer Huhta is putting his Hoquiam Grizzlies through hard drills daily in an effort to find the right combination among his back field and linemen.

Huhta said he had issued equipment to 71 boys, one of the largest turnouts in Hoquiam history.

September 10, 1938

Fire sweeping through the two upper stories of the Elma Hotel damaged that portion of the 55-year-old landmark beyond repair about midnight last night as the American Legion volunteer fire department kept the flames from the lower floor.

50 years ago

September 9, 1963

A new piece of equipment which almost defies the understanding of the average layman has been installed at Grays Harbor Community Hospital.

It is a Technicon Autoanalyzer, a system for automatic analytical blood chemistry. It operates without human supervision and with the highest degree of accuracy, dependability and reproducibility.

The Community Hospital Women’s Auxiliary provided $1,100 toward the purchase. Another $600 came from the hospital’s memorial fund.

September 10, 1963

• Spectacular summer lightning made the dark like daylight as it ripped through the Twin Harbors sky last night, damaging one residence and causing other minor troubles.

Lightning struck the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arlo Beck on Clemons Hill near Summit Airfield west of Montesano, filling it with blue smoke. The powerful bolt, which possibly entered the house through the power line, burned around the kitchen sink and counter, the wash basin in the downstairs bathroom and in the basement.

25 years ago

September 9, 1988

• The tall ship Lady Washington won’t hit the water at high tide Nov. 12 as planned.

The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority voted unanimously Thursday to delay the launch until the spring, citing unforeseeable delays in wharf and dock construction. Moreover, there is the chance to save about $185,000 building the launching ways with help from a Naval Reserve battalion.

• “I think it’s going to be the best ever,” said Sandy Nelson, publicity chairman of Cosmopolis’ 13th annual Festival in the Park, scheduled for noon to 6 p.m., Sunday in Mill Creek Park.

Between 4,000 and 6,000 people are expected to attend.

September 10, 1988

• John Kroehnert lives in Grafton, Australia, about 400 miles north of Sydney. But the lure of logging competition brings him to Hoquiam today for the 24th annual Loggers Playday competition. A strapping young man with dark locks, the 24-year-old Aussie has been working in the woods since he was 17.

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