World Gone By 10/11


75 years ago, October 11, 1937

• While most of the Hoquiam hunters travel many miles for wild game, Irvin Rowe stepped out to his back yard and bagged himself a big bear yesterday.

It wasn’t exactly sport with Rowe but a necessity. The bear had been attracted to Rowe’s orchard and made repeated trips for apples and prunes. When the bear had eaten all the fruit he could eat, he began tearing the trees. Deciding the destruction was going far enough, Rowe got himself a bear.

Rowe also reported the bear frightened Mrs. Rowe into the house several times.

• The new Vard Stieglitz home in Aberdeen is an example of how modern day dwellings can be built so people living in them may, in a sense, have all outdoors inside four walls. The effect is achieved through generous incorporation of large, fine mullioned wall and corner windows. These allow sunlight to flood various rooms all day long and yet are so scientifically designed that no rain storm or howling wind can crawl inside.

50 years ago, October 11, 1962

• Dedicating the new McCleary-Elma portion of the freeway yesterday, Gov. Albert Rosellini envisioned the day when one-third of the state will be able to drive to the ocean in an hour’s time.

• Big game hunter and Aberdeen Mayor Walt Failor returned triumphant yesterday after a one-week trip to the wilds of Canada with Dr. Wayne Parpala. According to reports circulating at last night’s City Council meeting, the mayor shot “the only moose in North America.”

• In the “Echoes of the Past: 20 Years Ago Today” column — October 11, 1942: A 14-year-old Aberdeen boy with charming manners, good grades and a pose of complete innocence, is revealed as the person who has committed 14 burglaries in the past month.

25 years ago, October 11, 1987

• Addicted to drugs and going to Aberdeen schools in a daze or trying to sort out peer pressure?

Who you gonna call?

Tracy Ridout.

This year for the first time, a single person is responsible for coordinating drug and alcohol-related programs in the Aberdeen secondary school. The 28-year-old assistant football coach has become the man to see.

Ridout sees himself as a students’ advocate. He checks in regularly with those who have been through drug treatment, helps place others in programs and does a lot of listening.

“I’m not judgmental. I provide as much information as I can in hopes that they’ll return if they have more questions to be answered,” he said.

• An empty church in Montesano may be just what The Chehalis Valley Historical Society has been praying for.

The society has been looking for a new museum to house its extensive collection of artifacts since it was evicted last year from an old bank building they used as a museum for nearly two years.

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