In 1988, Hank Soike announces he will retire as general manager from Port in June


75 years ago, January 6, 1938

• Creation of a proposed Grays Harbor civic stadium at 28th and Cherry streets in Hoquiam will be discussed Monday night at a meeting called by James Foster, chairman of the Hoquiam recreation field committee.

Approximately 20,000 to 25,000 yards of dirt would be needed to fill the site of the proposed recreation field. Creation of a baseball field, a turf football field and installation of lights will be the first problem to be considered.

• Developments in the research laboratories of the mining experiment state at Washington State College point to greater use of manganese ore, deposits from the Olympic peninsula and possible future establishment of electro-chemical and electrometallurgical deduction and fabricating industries, according to Dean A.E. Drucker of the school of mines.

High-purity electrolytic manganese metal has been produced from the high-silica manganese ores of the Olympic peninsula. The sulphuric acid baking, roasting and leaching process for these ores was developed at the state college station and the electrodeposition of manganese metal from sulphate solutions was carried on at the Reno station of the United States bureau of mines.

This is believed to be the first time manganese metal has been produced from these ores.

50 years ago, January 6, 1963

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, January 6, 1988

• For a fella from Grays Harbor, a relatively small drop in the big pond, Hank Soike cut a wide swath in the other Washington.

“He’s probably the best known state port director in Washington, D.C.” Lewis Holcomb, the retired head of the Washington Association of Ports, said of Soike Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Soike had announced that he will retire as Port of Grays Harbor executive director June 30. The announcement came as a surprise to most Port staffers, although Soike has been eligible for retirement since he turned 65 in September 1986.

Soike said yesterday that he considered retiring in 1986 but decided against it because of unfinished Port projects, particularly Deeper Draft.

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