World Gone By 10/12


75 years ago, October 12, 1937

The New Ship Aberdeen restaurant will add dancing to its list of attractions when a four-piece band swings into action tomorrow at 9, according to Fred Libke, proprietor. “We will have a cover charge of 25 cents per person on the dance floor and rear booths,” said Libke. “To maintain the good atmosphere, unescorted women or lone men or groups of men will not be allowed in the dancing part.”

50 years ago, October 12, 1962

• Grays Harbor got its first bitter taste of winter last night and early this morning as a wet and windy storm swept through the area depositing 1.27 inches of rain on Aberdeen.

Steady winds of 30 miles per hour and gusts to 50 battered power lines but there were no reports of serious damage.

• Last night’s babysitter school-sponsored by Aberdeen VFW Post 224, drew a good response and was rated an unqualified success.

Robert Dyer, VFW commander, reported that he counted 50 girls, a few boys and a number of adults.

The only criticism heard was that too much information was packed into one session.

• The Kountry Kitchen restaurant, 820 E. Wishkah, in honor of National Restaurant Month is offering 99-cent meals from noon to 9 p.m. Roast beef, roast pork roast turkey, baked ham, chicken fried steak, veal cutlets, ground beef steak or country sausage along with all the salad, baked beans and spaghetti you can eat for just 99-cents.

25 years ago, October 12, 1987

• “Worst Storm in History Batters Northwest,” “Roaring Winds Leave Harbor in Shambles” headlines declared the day after the Columbus Day storm in 1962.

The big burner at the Weyerhaeuser sawmill toppled and two 100-foot smokestacks at the Grays Harbor Chair and Manufacturing Co. blew over.

In Hoquiam, the old Odd Fellows Hall collapsed and the front canopy at O’Connor’s Women’s Apparel went skittering down Simpson Avenue.

“The height of the blow was tumult, accompanied by the cracking of trees, screaming sirens, the crash of glass and the wail of wind,” The World reported.

Many people remember exactly where they were when it hit.

Thirza Krohn of Aberdeen, who was in high school at the time recalled, “At the house we were at, the wind was bending the windows so that water came in under the windows.”

At Sears, water came through a blown off roof, soaking clothes and mattresses. Wind whipped through three large plate glass windows, blowing typewriters and equipment about the store.

• Now appearing at the Luxury Theaters at the SouthShore Mall, “Fatal Attraction,” “The Pick-up Artist,” “Like Father, Like Son” and “Caught.”