75 years ago
October 4, 1938
Driving new cars home from eastern factories is becoming more and more popular among Harbor motorists, according to Roy Purkey of Purkey and Chisholm, Aberdeen Buick dealers. Five Harborites took deliveries of Buicks at Flint, Michigan last week and now are heading for home, he said.
October 5, 1938
Thirty years have made a big change in Aberdeen, its size, money, clothes, social life — but not much in Hattie M. McCutcheon, who this month, coincident with the George J. Wolff company’s anniversary, is marking her 30th year with the firm.
She is still pert and lively, despite her 77 years and still weighs just about as much as a woman’s winter outfit of 30 years ago. Some of her present customers are the third and fourth generation she has waited on here. Many are the same to whom she sold long-stayed corsets and floor-length dresses when she first joined the late George J. Wolff’s employ.
October 6, 1938
Booming home runs by Frankie Crosetti and Joe Dimaggio in the last two innings, each with a mate on base, drove Dizzy Dean from the hill and gave the New York Yankees their second straight World Series victory over the disheartened Chicago Cubs, 6 to 3, before a crowd of 42, 108 at Wrigley Field.
50 years ago
October 4, 1963
It may come as somewhat of a surprise to Harborites that 62 men are employed making shakes and shingles on the Fifth Street Extension in Hoquiam. In other words, the brushland that has been the city-owned extension area slowly is giving way to industrial use.
Besides Don Dineen Shake & Shingle Co., which employs between 22 and 24 men and a mill operation, these mills are on the extension: Western Shake Co. with 35 on its payroll, including the crew of Snider Shake Co. mill; the S&L Shake mill owned by Mrs. Hazel Scott with five employees and the new Stan LeBrec Mill, not completed but which will employ two or three at first, possibly more later.
Aberdeen Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 224 members and auxiliary will visit patients at Barnes Veterans Hospital in Vancouver soon. Toasters, irons, clocks and any small electrical appliances needing reconditioning will be taken by the post to the patients who will repair them for further use.
October 5, 1963
• The Weatherwax High School band and its director, Hampton Wines, will travel to Pullman Saturday, October 12, to participate in the annual Washington State University Band Day. Of the 38 Washington high school bands taking part the Aberdeen aggregation will be traveling the longest distance.
October 6, 1963
Sunday, no newspaper.
25 years ago
October 4, 1988
The Anderson & Middleton Lumber Co. has told workers that it will shut down most operations at its Grays Harbor Veneer subsidiary in the Woodlawn area of East Hoquiam by Oct. 20.
The plant, which makes wooden boxes for the California fruit industry, operates with a maximum of 130 workers, said Frank Chestnut, business agent for Local 3-2 of the IWA which represents the workers.
October 5, 1988
June and Charlie Lake never imagined they would have so much trouble retiring at the beach.
But after encountering fathoms of bureaucratic red tape, the couple soon realized it would be no simple task to plant their mobile home on the Moclips beach property they’ve owned for years. They spent thousands of dollars this summer on a platform garage to elevate their mobile home above the theoretical flood plains.
And if they had waited much longer they wouldn’t have been able to build a home there at all. The GH County Commission has until Dec. 3 to adopt stricter state standards that prohibit or severely restrict most new construction in the “100-year” flood plain along the coast.
October 6, 1988
Coin collectors believe the history of an area still can be preserved for future telling by the coins it circulates.
That’s one reason Grays Harbor Coin Club members have sponsored the minting of a commemorative, solid silver coin depicting the replica tall ship Lady Washington in the year it was built, says members Roy Thorp and Mel Ramsdell.
Only 500 of the coins have been minted and they are now on sale for $25 each throughout the Harbor.