World Gone By 9/3


75 years ago

September 2, 1938

Barbara Lewis, 16-year-old daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. George Lewis, realized an ambition of several years Tuesday when she swam Lake Quinault.

She started at Falls Creek campground and finished at the July Creek grounds. She negotiated the distance in the excellent time of one hour, 34 minutes.

September 3, 1938

A silver dollar minted in 1879 and tacked to the wall of the old Pioneer cigar store on the bank of the Wishkah River was exhibited today by Councilman D.E. Bunker, who is razing the structure. It was found under several thicknesses of cheesecloth and wallpaper with which the saloon was decorated in the hey-dey of lower Heron St. The historic building once was the headquarters of the notorious Billy Gohl.

50 years ago

September 2, 1963

What happens to child stars in television series after their options have been dropped? Jay North, Dennis the Menace hasn’t acted since the series ended in April. Lee Aker, once the pal of “Rin Tin Tin” is 19 and an assistant location manager for “Route 66.” Johnny Crawford, Chuck Connors’ son in “Rifleman,” has been appearing in a western film, “Indian Paint” and Jerry Mathers of “Leave It to Beaver” virtually retired at age 15.

September 3, 1963

Fifteen Grays Harbor Olympians explored the Royal Basin of the Olympics during a weekend expedition led by Gordon Cotey and Helge Erickson. The group traveled up the Dungeness Saturday and then hit the trail up Roy Creek with pack horses. Nichodyn Blyn was packer for the party.

25 years ago

September 2, 1988

• In a record-setting one-day marijuana seizure Thursday, about $1 million worth of illegal plants were hauled away from isolated dope farms near North River.

A sharp-eyed pilot had tipped officials to the farm, located about three miles up North River Road.

“This is probably the largest weight of marijuana ever seized in one day here,” said Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Scott, who supervises the Drug Task Force. About 700 plants were confiscated, some almost 10 feet tall.

• The Kelper’s Parade, an ad hoc celebration that began when some fun-loving folks draped a few cars with seaweed, has evolved into a full-fledged weekend of activities for vacationers and residents alike on the beaches near Moclips.

“It’s just a down-home type of thing,” says Wally Floyd, owner of the Moonstone Beach Motel.” Anyone is welcome to the events scheduled throughout the weekend.

September 3, 1988

Sometimes Jacquie Fidler doesn’t decide what kind of soup to serve her lunch customers at Blossoms until she goes to the grocery store that morning.

“And once in a while, I decide in the bathtub,” she said with a laugh as she stirred the soup pot in the tiny Heron Street restaurant in the historic Weir Theater building in Aberdeen.

Whatever soup she chooses — curried celery, a hearty minestrone, cheese and mushroom, beef and vegetable — customers are full of compliments.

Blossoms, which has been open for about six weeks, is located in the same shop as the Olde Theatre Gallery, which Fidler opened in July of 1987.