75 years ago
October 18, 1938
John D. Butkovich, supreme president of the International Croatian Fraternal Union, and Milan Petrak, editor of Zajednicar, the union’s official newspaper, will speak in South Aberdeen Friday night at a rally of all Grays Harbor Slavic peopled under auspices of three Harbor Croatian lodges.
October 19, 1938
Rev. Father Constantine Brzoska, 85, organizer and pastor of St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church, died early Sunday morning at his parish home on West Wishkah street. He came to Aberdeen in 1906 and in the early days conducted services in the Zelasko home. Later the church bought the old Presbyterian building and moved it to the present location.
October 20, 1938
The Quinault Shingle Company mill is being transformed from steam power to an electrically operated plant, it was reported today. Wiring of the plant to transmit electricity from the Quinault Electric Company’s powerhouse to the plant motors will be completed this week. It will be the first shingle mill in the district operated by electric energy.
50 years ago
October 18, 1963
Only five years after taking over a run-down farm on Fords Prairie, hard work and good management have earned Mr. and Mrs. Collin McMaster the Grays Harbor Soil and Water Conservation District’s farmer of the year honor.
McMaster formerly worked for a dairyman near Cedarville, and took up the challenge of the 60-acre dairy with courage and resourcefulness.
An Associated Press story out of Spokane reported “The Fulbright scholar son of an African city official was refused a haircut in a Spokane barbershop this week and his fellow students at Gonzaga University protested Thursday.
The barbershop owner said it was his long-standing policy not to cut Negro’s’s hair and he intended to continue that policy.
October 19, 1963
Flying wedges and two spectacular long runs boomed the Raymond Seagulls to an exciting 18-13 Homecoming triumph last night over the tenacious Montesano Bulldogs. Coach Vel West commented that “our line played a real good ball game and we were also pleased with our backs. The rest of the season? I wouldn’t comment on that except to say we’ve got two remaining tough league games coming up with Elma and Tumwater on two successive weekends.”
October 20, 1963
Sunday, no newspaper published.
25 years ago
October 18, 1988
“I tant read!” was the plaintive wail of one-year-old R.J. Wessells when his mom would hand him a book to keep him busy. But, by age two he’d figured it out and this year the 17-year-old Aberdeen High School senior was named a National Merit semifinalist. He scored in the top one-half of one percent of those college-bound seniors taking the standardized PSAT test.
October 19, 1988
Paul Freese chooses not to sit in the traditional pastor’s chair facing the congregation.
Instead, when he’s not addressing his parishioners he sits in the first pew of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. “I don’t want to put myself above you,” he told the congregation his first Sunday on the job last month.
Freese, 35, replaces Jim Braaten, who left Our Saviour’s last January when he accepted an administrative position at the regional level of the newly formed Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
October 20, 1988
• Prime your lanterns, check your flashlight batteries and dig those clam shovels out of storage, the first fall clam season in three years starts tomorrow.
Digging is allowed only on beaches south of Grays Harbor and only on odd-numbered days from noon until midnight.
• Miller Junior High School’s eighth grade football team rolled to its fifth victory in so many starts by downing Yelm 30-14 Wednesday on the winner’s field. Sambath Keomany scored one touchdown on a 20-yard run and kicked three two-point conversion for the Bobkittens.
Pat O’Donnell fired a seven-yard touchdown pass to Doug Farmer. Two Yelm aerials were picked off by Bobkittens and returned for scores, one a 37-yarder by Justin Walker and also a 15-yard return by Matt Herling.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.