100 years ago in the Washie


Oct. 12, 1913

Great Kill Of Whales Made By Harbor Fleet

The total catch of whales by vessels of the Pacific-American Whaling company during the season of 1913 just closed was 211, distributed among the three vessels in commission, as follows: Westport, 94; Aberdeen 81; Paterson 36. The small catch of the latter vessel is due to the fact she did not go into commission until the season was well advanced.

The catch of 1912 was 260 with four boats working. The Moran did not go out this season.

Six sperm whales are included in this season’s catch. This species of whale nets the plant about $10,000 each. Other kinds are not so valuable, netting from $2000 to $3000.

The plant at Westport is now engaged in manufacturing fertilizer out of those portions of the catch left after the oil is extracted, this product adding largely to the income of the company, which utilizes about every portion of the leviathans.

Aberdeen After Three Fine Parks

ABERDEEN — (Special) A proposition was put up to Mayor Eugene France today which he is inclined to favor and which if carried out would put the city in possession of a system of parks which would not cost more than $10,000 practically.

It has been suggested that there be three parks, to be named after the three pioneer residents and first settlers of the city, Samuel Benn, James Stewart and Alexander Young. The proposition is to name Charley Creek park after Samuel Benn, to accept Mrs. Stewart’s proposition of a park to be called the Stewart Memorial and to purchase the homestead of the late Alexander Young now owned by Mrs. William Irvine.

Mrs. Irvine, it is stated, is willing to name a very reasonable sum for the property which has a river frontage and a house which would serve as a residence for the park superintendent which the city, if it is to have a system of parks, must provide for.

With the Young homestead would go a valuable water right which the city could add to its water system. Also with the Young homestead a road around the bluff could be built and thus provide a fine boulevard. In time the three parks could be connected by a boulevard and the city have a magnificent park plan.

Mayor France, it is understood, will appoint a special committee to consider the proposition. It is almost a foregone conclusion that the council will at least accept the Stewart offer.

Posey Employes Organize Two Societies

The Posey Manufacturing company and its 50 employees have during the past year demonstrated through their Mutual Benefit Society, the practicability of such an organization in protecting employees disabled by accident and also in promoting more friendly relations between employer and employe. The society is divided into two sections, social and benefit, the monthly dues for each section being 25 cents per member. A fund is maintained in the benefit section out of which a member rendered unable to work because of illness or accident draws $1 a day, except Sunday for a period of three weeks. In case a member is disabled or sick more than three weeks his case is brought before the society for its decsision as to whether benefits shall be continued longer or not. All dues and assessments are suspended during sickness or disability. Dues are payable in advance, and those for the current month are refunded to employes leaving. A visiting committee looks after the interests of all entitled to benefits. The social fund is maintained to pay expenses of parties, picnics, etc. that are occasionally participated in by employers and employes, and the company and its members are also taxed in the same way as the employes.

A social session was held at Eagles hall last Tuesday night, with a large attendance. A banquet and a mock trial were the principal attractions, with President F. B. Burdine presiding. A sign having disappeared from the yards, Henry Bishop, a young and new member, was arrested with all the solmnity that a regular member of the police force could display, and hauled before the “court”. Odd features of the case were that the defendant was the person who removed the sign as a joke, but did not realize the “trial” was a farce until the next day, after being fined a box of cigars; that the investigators of his “arrest” did not know this; that his “attorney”, unknown to the other members of the society, extracted a genuine confession in the professional way before he took the case.

Oct. 14, 1913

Young School Girl Is Accused Of Burglaries

ABERDEEN — (Special) — Ten or more actual burglaries can be traced to a little 13-year-old school girl, whose peculations in many other ways are being investigated by the police authorities. After having been caught pilfering from the pockets of other children an investigation was begun, with the result it was found the homes of at least ten persons were entered boldly and jewelry and money taken.

The youngster was very bold and deliberate in her work. In the house of Charles Sauers she walked into the kitchen where a maid was at work, told the maid she wanted a pair of scissors for Mrs. Sauers, and with the scissors and a purse she immediately left. Among the homes entered and robbed are those of W. H. Tucker, J. B. Bridges, E. S. Miller, Charles Sauers. At the Bridges home, seeing the Japanese servant working in the garden, the girl deliberately entered at a rear door.

During the performance of “The Enchantress” this burglarious miss occupied a seat in a box, having purchased a ticket with stolen money. A search of certain premises was made this afternoon in the hope of locating some of the stolen jewelry. In the hope of possibly bringing about a reformation, the name of the miss is not made public.

First Real Storm Of Year Hits Harbor

A wind and rain storm lasting the greater part of two days, holding up shipping because of a rough bar and flooding streets several times because the sewers were unable to care for the spasmodic downpour, blew itself out yesterday morning. The wind reached its greatest velocity between 2 and 3 a.m. Monday, but inflicted little damage. The precipitation for the first 12 days of October totaled 4.66 inches, while that of the 30 days in September was only 5.73 inches.

Marine Notes

Two new combination freight and passenger steamships, costing aproximately $1,000,000, will be placed on the Puget Sound-Alaska run next season by the White Pass & Yukon Railway Company. Bids for construction of the vessels will be called for in January, according to statements of company officials. Double steel hulls with air-tight compartments and equipment the most modern are to be provided.

Steamer Wasp arived at the North Western mill yesterday and will take about 300,000 feet of lumber to complete her load for San Francisco.

Steamer Melville Dollar, which loaded at the National mill, moved down to the lower harbor Saturday to await a favorable bar.

Steamer Tamalpals will depart from the E. K. Wood mill today for San Francisco.

Steamer Coronado arrived yesterday from San Pedro.