75 years ago, June 18/19, 1937
• A flag of historic significance will form the centerpiece for a hollow square of marching members of the American Legion and auxiliary of Raymond in the All Nations celebration in Raymond July 5. It is a 40-year old 45-star banner that once flew from the staff over the American consulate at Dawson City, Yukon Territory during the famous gold rush days.
The flag was presented to the parents of Joe Acklen, local post member, on the occasion of the latter’s birth, becaue he was the first white baby born to American parents in the territory.
• Rumors are flying thick and fast, but only two persons know who the lucky couple will be at the public wedding sponsored by the American Legion auxiliary in connection with the Fourth of July Splash celebration. And the names will not be made public until the couple steps on the stage of the D and R theater at 9 p.m., July 5.
The couple will get a complete set of household furnishings and everything needed to set up housekeeping including a supply of groceries and two loads of stove wood.
• Split in the ranks of organized labor widened today when Lumber and Sawmill Workers Union No. 2369 of Grays Harbor was refused affiliation with the Washington State Federation of Labor and its per capita tax sent to the state organization April 2 was returned. The ruling barred 5,000 Harbor workmen from the state labor organization. The action of the state federation in refusing to accept in its membership the largest single American Federation of Labor local widened the breach as the local union joined 120,000 workers affiliated with the Federation of Woodworkers in casting ballots on whether to affiliate with the CIO.
• The world’s champions, from right here on the Harbor, will strut their stuff at the July Fourth Splash celebration, showing several exclusive tricks which no other log-rolling teams have ever been able to duplicate.
Block rolling, one of the stunts, was originated by Harley Foster and Russ Ellison. The men ride a fir block, 33 inches in diameter and 38 inches long. Instead of spinning it in the conventional manner, they roll it end over end.
In Cleveland, Ohio, last summer they offered $100 to anyone who could roll it over three times in 10 minutes. Several overconfident persons got thoroughly wet and the boys kept their money.
50 years ago, June 18/19, 1962
• Two clamdigging expeditions for junior high members of the YMCA are scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week. The Thursday trip will be for boys, who will leave the Y at 8 o’clock in the morning. They are to bring clam guns, clam sacks, a lunch and a drink. Cost of the trip is 50 cents. The Friday trip is for girls.
• “I won it on the greens,” Jack Nicklaus, the new U.S. Open golf champion said Sunday after his surprise 18-hole playoff victory over favorite Arnold Palmer. The triumph, worth $15,000 first prize and a bonus of $2,500, boosted Nicklaus’ year’s money winnings to $45,000, No. 3 in the professional ranks.
• The northwest corner of Lake Quinault has been opened for water skiing, Wilfred Petit, conservation supervisor for the Quinault tribe at Taholah announced yesterday. Marked by anchored white drums, the special area provides a one-by-one-and-a-half-mile water skiing region.
The area has the approval of Hans Jenson, fish biologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
25 years ago, June 18/19, 1987
• Grays Harbor sheriff’s deputies closed the second major marijuana nursery of the week Wednesday — this one a sophisticated 500-plant operation northwest of Montesano. The 35-year-old Harbor man suspected of maintaining the Geissler Road greenhouse was arrested over the weekend during a routine traffic stop that yeielded more than 400 marijuana plants in a pickup truck.
• The Aberdeen Rotary club says it’s going to do it, but the Quinault Lions have done it. The service club initiated 10 new members this week, eight of them women.
“It’s the best thing that ever happened to our club,” said Ron Petrick, who takes over as president of the club July 1.
• Jill Cole leaves for the Miss Washington competition in Vancouver Sunday morning. After a week of rehearsals, fancy meals and public appearances, the 19-year-old Montesano resident will vie with 15 other contestants for the crown Thursday, Friday and Saturday of next week.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.