100 years ago in the Washie


Oct. 22, 1913

Child Caught Under Car Is Barely Saved

The six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Hutchinson of the Little Hoquiam addition had a narrow escape from death under the wheels of a logging truck on the Northern Pacific spur at the Lytle mill last night. After being dragged about half a car length he rolled out with only a bruised shoulder and a smashed finger.

The little fellow was aiding a companion about his own age in gathering wood and bark that falls from the logging cars after they are unloaded, and, unseen by any of the switching crew, had crawled under one of the three empties that stood on the spur. His presence there was not known to the crew until after the locomotive had backed down and coupled to the trucks. Immediately after starting, Engineer George Lawrence heard a scream, and as the train came to a stop after moving about half the length of a car, the Hutchinson lad rolled out from between the rails. His clothing had evidently caught on some part of the truck, and he was dragged along between the ties without being touched by the wheels.

His mother, the train crew and others who were in the vicinity at first supposed he had been fatally crushed. He was rushed to the hospital but an examination with the X-ray showed one shoulder injured, but even it was not broken and only a flesh wound had resulted.

Polish Political Club Is Organized

MONTESANO, Oct. 22 — The Polish Independent Political club has been incorporated, the papers being filed today. The incorporators are Andrew Rzeteiny, John Milkowaki, Joe Walczak and Joe Warwa. It is the intention that every Polander in the country shall become a member of the club, the objects of which aside from usual rights, are given as follows:

“To unite fraternally for mutual benefits, protection, improvement, education and for the promotion of friendship and social intercourse and for education in the politicial principals of the government of the United States, all Polish subjects or persons of Polish descent, over the age of 21 years, now residing or who may hereafter reside in Chehalis county, Washington.”

Seven Schooners Bound To Harbor

Seven windjammers in the lumber carrying trade between Grays Harbor and foreign ports are again headed for this port. All are schooners. Their names, points from which they departed and the number of days out are as follows:

Aloha, Fiji Islands, 18 days

Dauntless, Port Allen, Hawaiian Islands, 21 days

Edward R. West, Valparasio, 20 days

Espada, Callao, 14 days

F.M. Slade, Callao, 45 days

Fred J. Wood, Levuka, 14 days

Luzon, Antofogasta, 12 days

Oct. 23, 1913

Arrest Seven For Breaking Bridge Law

An extra session of the police court was necessary last night to hear the case of seven mill employes who were arrested about 6:30 a.m. for riding their wheels or walking on the Eighth street bridge while the bars were down. Four of the seven defendants arrested by Sergeant Fred Brotherson and Patrolman H. C. Thompson were fined $5 each and the fines suspended on condition the offense is not repeated.

The quartet were foreigners who required the services of interpreters and who claimed they could not read English and did not know the nature of the notices on the bars. The bridge was open for about 20 mintes because the electric current was cut off, and the men were delayed in getting to their work in mills on the opposite side of the river. They were John Scirkovich, Mick Ivich, John Radich and John Fredrickson.

August Ouger, J. Henry and Geo. Cunningham will be given hearings today.

Oct. 24, 1913

Has Oil Been Found?

Plain Tale From Forks

Indicates That It Has

Drill Struck First Hard Formation and Bailer

Brought Up Pure Oil — Head Driller Sefrit

Draws Casing, Puts Watchmen In

Charge And Hurries In To Seattle

The Washingtonian has no desire to stir up undue excitement over the oil business, but it is in possession of facts upon which may be based a belief that oil has really been discovered upon the Olympic Peninsula. The following are plain facts, and after hearing them the reader may form his own opinion, for it is impossible to make a positive assertion at this time.

The well of the Washington Oil company at Forks Prairie, in Clallam county, is about 70 miles north of this city and 15 miles north of the Hoh, where the Jefferson Oil company is boring. On Oct. 13, a wood cutter in the employ of the Washington company was at the well when the drill at a depth of 1472 feet struck the first hard formation it had encountered. After a few minutes of drilling in this hard formation, Sefrit, in charge of operations, lifted the drill and to its jaws and points were clinging numerous bits of pyrites of iron.

The bailer was then brought to the surface and contained at least two quarts of pure oil floating around on top of the water and debris. Mr. Sefrit secured this oil, swung the bailer and drill aside, adjusted his rig and withdrew from the well 700 feet of 8-inch casing.

The next step was to fasten the trap over the remaining 10-inch casing, which speedily became covered with surface water.

Mr. Sefrit, who was visibly excited, then paid off his crew, payinig over $300 for wood cut on the word of the cutters because he did not have timed to measure it, put a trusty dog and night watchman in charge and went to Forks, where he tried to get a horse to take him to Clallam Bay in order to catch the Seattle boat.

The bridge over the Clawah river being down, the Forks people refused to hire a horse which would have to swim the river, although Mr. Sefrit offered a big price. Finally he telephoned into Clallam and had a horse sent out to the river. He trusted himself to the waters in a frail canoe and upon reaching the other side struck out for the boat and hurried to Seattle.

The above is the plain story to which may be added the facts that Mr. Sefrit is an experienced oil well driller, knew what it meant when the drill encountered the rock and the bailer brought up the oil, and that he hurried into Seattle to inform his principals.

All Washington Company stock has been withdrawn from the market and an official of the company this week appeared before the commissioners of Clallam county, urging that the Clawah bridge be replaced at once.

If oil has been found at Forks it will be found at the Hoh and all the way down to Grays Harbor. The Washingtonian hopes and believes the Forks hole will become an oil well at the next few turns of the drill, and in that event the Grays Harbor country will enter upon an unexampled era of growth and prosperity.

Oct. 25, 1913

Jumps Into River To Escape His Pursuers

Conductor “Dick” Graham of the Hoquiam-Aberdeen electric line and a husky and aggressive passenger were two of the principal actors in a comedy drama last night in Aberdeen that at times presented more real interesting action than one of the “movies.”

The man boarded the car and began expectorating liberally on the floor, and as a result several passengers got off before reaching their destinations. As the man continued to ignore Graham’s requests to desist, the latter concluded to carry him through to the barn and force the fellow to clean up the car. The man objected and during a heated argument over the proposition he broke away and ran towards the Wishkah river with the car crew and a little mongrel dog strung out behind him with their controller levers thrown over to full speed. Reaching the edge of the wharf, the fugitive sought to elude capture by jumping in. He swam to a nearby landing and was there met by the pursuing trio and turned over to the police.