In 1987, Farra circulates petition to lower Aberdeen council to six members

75 years ago, September 2, 1937

• Within the next 48 hours drillers at the Sims test well on the Wishkah-Wynooche divide will tap what may prove a “pay zone” for gas, it was reported today.

The tool was pounding down today through a “cap” formation, a layer of greasy shale regarded as strong and thick enough to have impounded any gas or oil that may exist beneath it.

An air of excitement centered around the well site as the cable rig churned away merrily and watchers waited for the first signs of gas activity.

• Jurisdictional struggles on San Francisco’s waterfront between CIO longshoremen and AFL teamsters already have tied up two Grays Harbor lumber cargoes and, it is feared, may spread to halt all coastwise lumber trade.

Both the Katherine Donovan and the Ryder Hanify, which left here about a week ago, are idle, unable to put their lumber ashore. Teamsters affiliated with the American Federation of Labor have refused to operate lumber carriers and trucks which remove lumber from shipside.

Anderson & Middleton have the steamer Cadaretta loading today but she will not call at San Francisco, this trip, proceeding instead direct to Los Angeles.

50 years ago, September 2, 1962

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, September 2, 1987

• Aberdeen Councilman John Farra has capped his pen and is gleefully rubbing his sore knuckles after knocking on a lot of doors.

Farra learned yesterday he has enough signatures on a petition to ask voters in November whether to cut the council from 12 members to six.

“This is good news for me,” he said. “Now I can paint my house instead of walking around the neighborhood.”

• Coastal legislators say the annual waves of bills to ban beach driving can’t be denied much longer.

They have scheduled a work session in Ocean Shores tonight to help find a compromise plan residents can accept for closing portions of the ocean beaches to vehicles.

“Many people in the beach communities sort of want to put this thing to bed,” said Rep. Bob Basich, (D-Aberdeen). “We’re looking for a bill people will support. We’re getting closer.”

Over the years, legislators from other areas have tried to close the beaches to vehicles, but the bills were voted down.

“We can’t continue to defeat all legislation,” Basich said. “It’s getting tougher and tougher every year.”

“What we want is local input to see if people in the beach communities can live with partial closures,” he added.

The proposal would likely be that on the South Beach, vehicles would be forbidden between Twin Harbors State Park and the jetty.

“Much of it already is closed to traffic because of the soft beaches,” Basich said.

On the North Beach, vehicles would probably not be allowed from the north jetty to the front of Ocean Shores.

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