75 years ago
October 14, 1938
Twelve hundred tons of scrap iron will be stowed in the freighter Hoegh Carrier by Western Machinery when the ship berths here Oct. 18. The cargo is consigned to Japan and will be the first of its kind dispatched from Grays Harbor in some time.
October 15, 1938
• Vandalism was blamed today for overflowing of radiators in the Lincoln Hotel and the J.C. Penney store on Heron. Police were told that someone must have entered the boiler room and opened the intake valve which permitted the boiler to fill and force water into all the radiators throughout the building. The overflow valves spurted streams of water. Then, it was asserted, the vandal closed the valve.
• The championship of Grays Harbor will be at stake tomorrow when 10 of the best riders of Grays Harbor Motorcycle Club compete at Lake Sylvia in the first annual Harbor Hill climb.
Leading the cyclists on the assault of the 300-foot slope will be Kenny Johnson, Northwest amateur champion hill climber.
50 years ago
October 14, 1963
• Personable young Bing Sudderth, Hoquiam High School student, related his Swedish experiences yesterday at a smorgasbord sponsored by the organization that made his trip possible; the Hoquiam chapter of the American Field Service.
Sudderth spend six weeks with the Sven Hallgren family near Valdemarsvik, Sweden, then a week in Stockholm with other AFS students.
The country is “soccer conscious,” he declared. “It is played from very early in the spring to very late in the fall.”
Swedish youngsters start school at age 7 and go for 9 years. They must take English for five years and either French or German.
• There was conjecture today following a full-scale evacuation of South Bend’s low-lying residential area at dawn yesterday morning because of a tidal wave warning.
Knocks, ringing doorbells and jangling telephones awakened scores of South Bend families living along the Willapa River and in the sea-level flats around the high school.
Besides the populace, city fire trucks and other municipals vehicles were driven to the Pacific County Courthouse parking lot and other hillside locations.
Meanwhile, at Raymond, just 4 miles upriver, the situation was in almost complete contrast. No one evacuated and very few even knew of the possible threat.
And the situation, as it turned out, wasn’t serious. No one reported even an unusual ripple on the Willapa River.
October 15, 1963
Mayor Rolland Youmans of Hoquiam last night conceded that possible end of city bus service was a “really serious” problem.
“It’s nothing that money can’t solve, however,” he told the City Council. Tri-City Transit Co. officials have stated they must suspend service on the Harbor unless some method is found to operate in the black.
25 years ago
October 14, 1988
Hoquiam roared back after an opening game loss to notch its first volleyball victory of the season, topping Chehalis, 14-16, 15-8, 15-6, 15-11.
Stephanie Green pounded 14 kills and sophomores Liz Brown and Shayne Reynvaan six apiece, while Cathy Burmester had 20 assists to lead the Grizzlies.
October 15, 1988
• Craig Anneberg, a design engineer for ITT Rayonier, was recently named Volunteer of the Year by the board of directors at Grays Harbor Federal Credit Union for his contribution of time and expertise this summer to a $250,000 remodeling project in Hoquiam.
Credit union officials hosted an open house to show off the expanded building this week.
• The devastating fire at the Saginaw Shingle Co. last week probably is the last one Aberdeen firefighters will battle there, officials said. The historic mill has been the site of so many fires over the years that the flames apparently have taken their toll on the building’s structural integrity.
The mill has been placed on a list of several buildings that city officials have deemed structurally unsafe in the event of a fire, Fire Chief Lowell Killen said.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.