75 years ago
October 11, 1938
Assertedly for the first time in Grays Harbor history, a Queets Indian couple publicly will be united with traditional Queets tribe ceremonies at a wedding set for late in October in Aberdeen.
Under auspices of the Aberdeen Kiwanis club, Joe Hillaire, a prominent member of the Olympic peninsula’s Queets tribe and Mrs. Mabel Capoeman, his fiancee, will be wed at ceremonies arranged and conducted by fellow tribesmen.
Precise date and time of the wedding have not been set, according to Ransom Minkler, chairman of the Kiwanis committee planning the ceremony but it is expected to follow a Kiwanis luncheon in the Hotel Morck late this month and will be staged in five acts that are called the “Cedar Bark Ceremony.”
October 12, 1938
Construction of a $40,000 fish cannery and cold storage building to be operated on a cooperative basis is being planned by the newly formed Blue Water Cannery company, Charles Haggin, organizer, said today.
October 13, 1938
Wally Hellman, Hoquiam’s hard-blocking watch-fob quarterback, stole the spotlight yesterday in the football practice at Hoquiam High School.
And take it from those who were there, Hellman would just as soon give it back to any other gridder.
The Grizzly mite was leading Aubrey Coldiron on a wide end sweep during practice and placed a block on a defensive back, then slid to the ground, landing squarely on his left elbow.
When he got up, his face twisted in pain and his left arm dangling at his side, Coach Huhta discovered the elbow was out of joint.
Little Wally, who can take out a 200-pound tackle with all the ease of an east-bound freight, was taken to the hospital where X-rays revealed no bones were broken.
50 years ago
October 11, 1963
Saron Lutheran’s Swedish smorgasbord — 5 to 7 p.m., tomorrow. The menu includes Swedish meatballs, baked salmon, Swedish brown beans, Potatis Korv, Calv Sylta, molded and potato salad, pickled herring, Swedish rye bread, Swedish coffee bread and Swedish butter cookies, fruit soup and beverages — $1.75 for adults and 75¢ for children.
October 12, 1963
A splendid first half passing exhibition by George Cross which propelled the Hoquiam Grizzlies to a surprising 19-0 bulge at halftime, sparked Bob Mack’s Harborites to a 25 to 7 SWW Conference victory over Hudson’s Bay last night.
An estimated 2,700 excited fans at Olympic Stadium watched as Rick Sturm, a long-legged 6-3, 180-pound junior scored all four Hoquiam touchdowns.
October 13, 1963
Sunday, no newspaper published
25 years ago
October 11, 1988
Lovely in lace, the nervous young bride kept wringing her hands as she waiting in the girls’ bathroom for The Wedding March to begin. Then, the sweaty-palmed groom offered his arm to her as they made their way to the altar.
The young men in the congregation laughed nervously and agreed that they were glad it wasn’t them up there.
After the “I do’s” seniors Wendy Hurlbert and Pierce Ridgway, both 17, celebrated with their classmates during a reception in the home economics room.
It was all part of a classroom assignment.
The mock wedding last week was one of the lessons of life in a survival skills course, taught by Kathy Parsons, who joined the Wishkah teaching staff this fall.
October 12, 1988
With Cliff Muller, the new executive director, urging an aggressive marketing campaign to lure new business, Port of Grays Harbor commissioners are considering a $9.7 million general fund budget for next year, up about $2 million from 1988.
The port’s administrative expenses are increasing 42 percent due to the emphasis on economic development, Muller said.
The new marketing emphasis will mean more travel to the Far East and the hiring of someone there to make follow-up contacts and keep prospective deals alive.
October 13, 1988
Bound by 50 white stars on red and blue material is an embroidered story depicting the history of Washington.
That story, told by using less than $100 of material and priceless talent of about 40 local women was transformed into a king-size quilt for the bicentennial in 1976. It now hangs in a display case on the wall of the Ocean Shores Convention Center.
“The women here wanted to do something that was similar to what the women in the 19th Century did,” said Margaret Carlston, a quilter and student of history from Ocean Shores.
Not a stitch of the needlework was done by a machine, she added. The women contributed 1,580 hours of embroidery work, 100 hours of assembling and binding and used 550 yards of material.
The quilt included designs of Mt. Rainier, a Boeing jet, the state’s native flowers and a wheat field. It ends with a square devoted to the Ocean Shores North Jetty on the Bar of Grays Harbor.
Several Washington state “firsts” are included on the quilt; the first school in Fort Vancouver in 1832; the first coal mine in Bellingham in 1852 and the first printing press of Puget Sound in 1832.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.