In 1987, murals by several artists popping up all over Aberdeen

75 years ago, October 7, 1937

America’s branding of Japan as an aggressor in China, and possible participation of the United States in a nine-power treaty conference drew widely divergent reactions from Grays Harbor today. The majority interviewed took a serious view of the matter, expecting troublesome developments.

Here are a few opinions expressed this morning:

R.E. Taggart, police judge: “Why does the government become so stern now? … It seems untimely to me. Warnings should have been sounded months ago as to just what steps the government would take if Japan made war on China.”

George Jacobson, taxi driver: “It looks very much to me that if the trouble between China and Japan isn’t stopped soon, we are likely to be drawn into it.”

H.C. Crumpacker, Hoquiam school superintendent: “I believe there is a possibility of the situation becoming very serious. If European powers bring pressure to bear upon Japan, possibly with a boycott, it may involve the United States and may lead to war.”

Mrs. H. Sandgren, housewife: “From what I’ve been able to learn about the situation, it looks very serious. I hope, thought, there will be no war.”

50 years ago, October 7, 1962

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, October 7, 1987

• Port of Grays Harbor officials and about 100 others lifted their glasses Tuesday to celebrate the dedication of a $1.6 million “jet array” system to prevent silt from clogging one of the Port’s shipping terminals.

As the log ship Ocean Lord loaded in the background of Terminal 4, proud Port officials predicted the system eventually will draw worldwide attention for its innovative way of handling siltation problems.

Port Commission Chairman John Stevens extended special credit to the late Bob Kycek, the Port engineer who did the structural design. “Tonight we celebrate the triumph of his creation,” Stevens said.

• The Aberdeen Centennial Mural Committee will dedicate Dick and Lynn Creevan’s riverfront scene on the wall of the Pay ’n Save Building at the Wish kah Mall Saturday.

Meantime, the Hoquiam couple has started work on their second mural at Goldberg’s Furniture Co., at 117 W. Wishkah in downtown Aberdeen. The mural will depict the old Aberdeen Train Station, circa 1915, that operated near the waterfront behind State Street in the days of the Washington and Fairmont hotels.

Another mural also is being painted by Hoquiam artist Jerri Bryant whose mural on Billy Gohl, the notorious waterfront thug, soon will be erected at Billy’s Restaurant, 322 E. Wishkah.

The dedication of the mall mural, which faces Morrison Riverfront Park and will someday tie in with plans to build a waterfront walkway between the park and the tall ships, is set for 2 p.m.

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