World Gone By 10/13


75 years ago, October 13, 1937

Fire of undetermined origin starting in the old Cosmopolis Transfer building, early this morning leveled four frame structures at First and E streets and burned seven large fuel trucks, six of them belonging to Bay City Fuel. Damage was estimated at close to $25,000.

The Cosmopolis volunteer fire department was unable to cope with the blaze and called in the Aberdeen department which sent over one big pumper and stationed it on the river bank, pumping through 1,000 feet of hose.

Firemen this morning said had there been a strong wind, they would have been unable to save any of the buildings in the block.

50 years ago, October 13, 1962

• A near-hurricane packing winds that peaked at 81 miles an hour howled out of the Pacific last night, leaving the greatest swath of damage experienced on Grays Harbor in more than 40 years.

Miraculously there were no deaths or severe injuries.

The roaring storm reached peak intensity at 8 p.m. Within two hours the storm had subsided to 40 miles an hour and by 2 o’clock this morning a virtual calm prevailed.

• With the wind screaming outside and the staging area lighted by Coleman lamps and candles, the Driftwood Players last night — true to show business tradition — went through a complete performance of their current production, “Nothing But The Truth.”

Forty-six theatergoers, almost half a house, braved the storm to attend the performance in Cosmopolis. And according to Don Webber, director, the cast turned in a considerably better performance than it did opening night. This despite noisy interruptions when the wind ripped boards and appendages from the exterior of the theater.

• Last night’s havoc-raising storm that rampaged across the coasts of Oregon and Washington forced the postponement of nearly all high school games in Western Washington including the Aberdeen-Kelso and Hoquiam-Hudson’s Bay contests.

The lights at Stewart Field blinked off just as the AHS band played the national anthem.

Sportscasters, assistant coaches and newspapermen scrambled down out of the press boxes as the howling wind threatened to rip the booths off the top of the grandstand roof.

The Hoquiam team, arriving in Vancouver and being told the game was postponed immediately left the stadium for a slow, dangerous trip back to the Harbor. “We had quite a hair-raising trip home last night,” said Coach Bob Mack. “We spent 10 hours straight on the bus except for a restaurant stop and got home about midnight.”

25 years ago, October 13, 1987

The long, hot fall has in places slowed the Wishkah River to a lukewarm trickle, trapping wild king salmon heading for their spawning grounds.

Long Live the Kings volunteers are staging a fish-in at Bear Gulch, moving the salmon out of hot-water and into the projects new mini-hatchery.