75 years ago, December 2, 1937
• With 828.32 tons of salmon already handled over the port wharf at Westport, Grays Harbor is chalking up its best fishing year since 1932. The catch so far is more than 200 tons in excess of the 1936 total and more than 100 tons better than any season in the past four years.
Crab catches are also well up. Already 20,770 dozen have been landed at Westport and fishermen still have December, one of the best crab months, ahead of them.
• Rev. Joseph C. Elmer revealed today the Trinity Lutheran Church here may have a new building in which to worship by the end of 1938. Data collected by a building planning committee will be presented to the congregation at an annual meeting in January.
The committee inspected several church buildings in Seattle and Tacoma and brought back specifications on various types.
• Alabama and California will be playing for more than the football honor of the south and west, respectively when they clash in the New Year’s game in the Rose Bowl.
The two universities figure to receive about $90,000 each after all the change is counted. Tickets prices range from $3.30 to $5.50
50 years ago, December 2, 1962
Sunday, no newspaper published
25 years ago, December 2, 1987
• “To me it was just another nasty day at work,” said Darrell Kohse, the Shelton logger who was zapped by lightning up the Wishkah Tuesday.
Comfortable reclining in his bed at Grays Harbor Community Hospital this morning, the trim, 39-year-old says he feels fine. Doctors believe he absorbed the fallout from a bolt of lightning rather than a direct hit.
With a heart monitor strapped to his chest, he explained that although his skin wasn’t burned, doctors continue to monitor him for internal muscle burns, including damage to his heart.
The hooktender was grabbing for equipment on a sky line when the lightning struck from the ominous black clouds.
With his left foot on a stump, his right foot hanging in the air and his left hand on a steel strap, he reached with his right hand to take a pin out of a shackle to release two sections of wire.
“Next thing I knew, I was lying of the ground thoroughly dazed,” Kohse said. He landed about 40 feet away from the stump.
“I yelled down to the next guy, about 400 feet away, using a lot of adjectives. I told him I was hit by lightning,” he said as he lit up a Camel.
• Senior hitter Julie Cowan picked off several major awards at the recent Aberdeen High School volleyball banquet recently.
Cowan received the Coaches Award and shared the Inspirational Award with Becky Butler. Her season honors, which included the Black Hills League’s most valuable player and all-tournament selections for the R.A. Long Invitational and the Southwest Washington District AA event, were also noted at the dinner.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.