In 1987, Grays Harbor Footprinters honor longtime attorney Gladys Phillips


75 years ago, November 25, 1937

• A fighting Hoquiam high school team battled the strong and favored Aberdeen Bobcats to a 6 to 6 tie on Stewart Field this afternoon in their 31st annual Thanksgiving Day football classic. Nearly 6,000 frenzied Harbor fans — 5,978 to be exact — witnessed the contest and were kept on edge throughout the spectacular battle.

The game was played in alternate rain and sunshine, the sunshine predominating. The crowd came attired in slickers, rain hats, blankets and various other rain-defying clothes of which they had need in the interval between the halves.

Co-captains for the Hoquiam team were Bob Ellingson and Aubrey Coldiron. Ed Wilson acted as captain for Aberdeen.

• Walter “Bud” Osgood will complete 28 years of continuous service with the Aberdeen Fire Department when he goes off shift Friday night, having joined the department in the era of horsedrawn fire equipment on Nov. 27, 1909. His continuous record includes 15 months during which he served in the World War but under government regulations he is entitled to credit for his war service.

Osgood joined the department when Adam Schneider was chief. Equipment included a horse-drawn chemical and hose wagon, the horse-drawn steamer which still is rendering service as an auxiliary pump at the McCleary mill, and a ladder truck which had been transformed from a hand-drawn to a horse-drawn piece of apparatus.

50 years ago, november 25, 1962

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, november 25, 1987

• She is a “lad of steel and velvet” who can be tender or tough. “She always keeps her word.”

The accolades came easily Tuesday night as the Grays Harbor Footprinters honored Aberdeen attorney Gladys Phillips for a half-century of service to Grays Harbor.

The testimonial dinner was a surprise to the 75-year-old native Aberdonian who has practiced law here since 1937.

She is a woman of substance. With her striking features and coal-black hair, she carries herself with a certain regal bearing without seeming haughty.

Among those who paid tribute were retired Judge Bob Charette, longtime attorneys Omar Parker and Ted Zelasko and her nephew, Jim Brown.

• Harborites who use wood heaters and fireplaces will produce more hazardous air pollution this winter than industries countywide emit in a year, according to the state Department of Ecology.

In a recent study, the DOE said the 17,000 wood stoves and fireplaces in the county will release 1,200 tons of ash and soot particles and 7,500 tons of carbon monoxide into the air during the burning months of October through March.

Those figures compare to county industries’ 900 tons of ash and soot matter and 700 tons of carbon monoxide discharged during 1987.

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