In 1988, mayor will take first dip in newly renovated Hoquiam Aquatic Center


75 years ago

October 21, 1938

Imaging the embarrassment of a labor leader who entered Aberdeen this morning and found a healthy sprinkling of the citizenry wearing badges saying, “Give the axe to the Lumberjacks.”

The labor leader hurriedly buttonholed another labor official. “What’s going on here … has public sentiment gone against the loggers?”

The other labor official put him right. The Lumberjacks are Longview football players and the badge wearers are Aberdeen football fans.

“Oh,” was the labor leader’s only retort.

October 22, 1938

At last, perhaps, a use has been found for the devil’s club, that spiny and irritating shrub of Grays Harbor woods. From Oregon comes word that this plant, common along streams and in the deeper forests, may yield a drug, yet unnamed, but with properties similar to insulin, widely used in control of diabetes.

“It’s all in the way you shoot big game, not the size of the gun,” O.G. Wieland said today as he proudly displayed a 150-pound bear which he killed this morning with a single .22 caliber bullet.

Wieland was fishing on one side of the Wishkah River when a bear game into sight on the other bank and he decided to try a shot with an old 22 rifle. The he went down river in search of a boat to get the animal. When Wieland returned he found that his shot went through its ear into the head.

50 years ago

October 21, 1963

Morrison Logging Co. crew members of International Woodworkers of America Local 3-2 voted Saturday to reject a bunk and board offer by the firm.

A total of 133 company crew members have been on strike since Aug. 26 in a dispute over wages and other matters.

Morrison wishes to increase its meal charge from 85 cents to $1 and its bunk fee from $1.50 to $2,.50 a week over the life of a three-year contract. The union has offered 90 cents a meal and $2 a week for a bunk.

October 22, 1963

Gov. Albert Rosellini will formally dedicate Grays Harbor County’s new State Office Building at Wishkah and M streets in Aberdeen, Thursday evening.

The building was erected by Art Veldcamp and martin Mayer at a cost in excess of $200,000 and it has more than 13,000 square feet of usable space. State offices housed in the building Vocational Rehabilitation, Fisheries, Tax Commission, Liquor Control Board, Veterans Rehabilitation Council, Board of Prison Terms and Paroles, Labor and Industries and Public Assistance.

25 years ago

October 21, 1988

Fashioning a compromise on an Enhanced 911 emergency phone system is like climbing to the top of a tall building, leaping off with locked arms, then asking, “Who brought the parachute?” says County Commissioner Bill Vogler at a meeting at Aberdeen City Hall. “You’ve got to get to the point where you trust each other enough to do that.”

There was general agreement that turf politics, particularly tension between Aberdeen and Hoquiam, were responsible for the failure last year to bring an Enhanced 911 system to Grays Harbor County.

October 22, 1988

Hoquiam’s sparkling new Aquatic Center will be dedicated at 1 p.m., Sunday with appropriate pomp and circumstance and dignitaries. In fact, Mayor Phyllis Shrauger is scheduled for the first dip. With its state of the art mechanical system, colorful murals and updated locker rooms, it hardly looks like the same facility that closed more than a year ago.

The renovation of the Aquatic Center has been a long and sometimes painful process for the city and has been in the works since 1985 when voters agreed to spend some $240,000 on the renovation.

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