75 years ago, September 24/25, 1937
• “Him might see my last canoe.”
Thus did Washington Howeattle, 96-year-old patriarch of a famous Indian family of canoe-builders, greet news of the forthcoming Olympic peninsula visit by the “Great White Father,” President Roosevelt.
Howeattle, descendant of a Quilayutte chief, is hewing out at his Raft River camp, what he says is his “last canoe.”
Eldest of three Howeattle brothers, all of whom are canoe craftsmen, he has been shaping dugouts all his life. The three brothers live in the three reservations sometimes known as the “three Q’s” — Quillayute, Queets and Quinault.
His wife, Mattie, expert basket weaver, is helping him carve the canoe and both are hoping the president will be able to pause a moment to view their work.
• Not often does a mother witness her daughter’s golden wedding anniversary celebration, but that is what will happen Oct. 6 in the Elk Creek district north of Raymond when Mrs. Carrie Hansen, 95, attends the 50th anniversary of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Thompson.
Seven children and 13 grandchildren will attend the celebration.
• James Jacobs and his six sons left their Harbor homes today to continue the 52nd wedding anniversary observance of Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs. They refused to take Mrs. Jacobs and the six daughters with them.
The elderly Aberdeen couple celebrated their anniversary in traditional form. Then Mr. Jacobs and the sons — G.H., James Jr., Milton, Roy, Harry and Ben — decided they would have their own party. Today they left for the four-day trip to the Elwha basin to hunt deer.
The elder Jacobs has never missed a deer hunting season.
50 years ago, September 24/25, 1962
• Want to learn the background of Berlin? Or what’s going on in South Vietnam or Africa or Latin America? Or perhaps something about the Common Market?
Sign up for the Contemporary World Problems class at Grays Harbor College, part of the Adult education program. It’s only one day a week from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and there are no tests.
25 years ago, September 24/25, 1987
• Hundreds of reservations have come in for a “women only” fashion show of underwear and swimwear manufactured in Aberdeen. The garments, made at Primal, will be modeled by local women at the “Thank You” show Saturday at the Hoquiam YMCA.
The free shows are Primal owner Johnnie Griffith’s way of thanking Grays Harbor women for lending her their bodies. Last spring, dozens of women offered to try the garments, giving the company tips about fit, comfort, color and even how to market the items.
• A huge underground building discovered Thursday afternoon may have been built to house a sophisticated marijuana grow operation, sheriff’s deputies said.
The 40-by-60-foot empty building was 12 feet high at the peak and totally underground, said Mike Whelan, an inspector with the Sheriff’s Office.
“What we discovered once we were finally inside was that they were not using it for growing yet, but apparently were getting ready for it,” he said.
Deputies found 160 starter marijuana plants, 19 complete halide grow light systems, a large number of portable fans, fertilizer, potting soil and pots in a small shed on the property.
• The Hoquiam Grizzly Band will be in Seattle Saturday to take part in Husky Band Day 1987. The band will be one of 27 to perform at halftime and in a pregame parade, said Robert Pitzer, band director.
The 70,000 fans will hear the massed bands play “I Love a Parade,” “America the Beautiful,” “The Liberty Bell March” and several other selections including “Bow Down to Washington.”
The Grizzly Band has represented Grays Harbor at the last three Husky Band Days.
• Aberdeen overcame serving difficulties to down Mark Morris, 15-12, 15-8, 17-15 in a non-league volleyball match Thursday at Sam Benn Gym.
Julie Cowan and Tricia Larson were cited for net play. Cindy Burgess for back row defense and Tanya Kloempken for all around performance by winning coach Toni Spencer. The Bobcats are now 3-0 for the season.
• Steve Poler threw two long touchdown passes as Aberdeen opened its freshman football season with a 24-0 whitewash of Shelton Thursday at Stewart Field.
Poler, who completed all six of his passes, hit Mark Bruener on a 70-yard TD strike, and Jim Boora on a 44-yard scoring aerial.
Bobcat coaches Gary Emberley and Tracy Ridout, pleased with the play of the entire team, cited Poler, Boora, Bruener and Tim Fauber for offense and Ryan Anderson, Brett Rasmussen and Ken Hale for defensive play.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.