World Gone By 10/20


75 years ago, October 20, 1937

• Mounted on approximately 100 full oil barrels, a large stage has been erected for the entertainment to be presented during the 17th annual Hoquiam Kiwanis exposition tomorrow, Friday and Saturday at the Bigelow Garage on Seventh Street in Hoquiam. Tomorrow night the Hoquiam High School 48-piece band will play, Friday night the Aberdeen High school band will play and Saturday will feature The Hill Nellies.

• In the “Echoes of the Past: 20 Years Ago Today” column — October 20, 1917: Grays Harbor whalers landed 200 whales this year, a figure slightly below normal.

• In the “Echoes of the Past: 10 Years Ago Today” column — October 20, 1927: Huge building projects under way in Japan and China are taking large quantities of Grays Harbor lumber.

50 years ago, October 20, 1962

• The people of Grays Harbor County are now the owners of an unencumbered $13 million public utility district. During a bond retirement dinner last night attended by some 175 persons at the Morck Hotel, the Grays Harbor PUD became the first debt-free PUD in the State of Washington.

A history of the 22-year district was reviewed by Jack Stein, PUD manager.

• Bill Wolfenbarger, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Wolfenbarger of Fowler Street in Raymond, has been honored for his high performance on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken last spring.

Wolfenbarger tentatively plans to attend the University of Washington.

• It was a spectacular night Aberdeen football fans will never forget. Striking for seven electrifying touchdowns in eye-popping fashion, all on plays of 44-yards or more, Aberdeen’s explosive juggernaut shattered previously unbeaten West Bremerton 49 to 0 in Bremerton last night to ruin Bremerton’s homecoming celebration.

Gary Langhans, a flying 170-pounder, scored four touchdowns on play of 44, 53, 66 and 80 yards while the other half of the gold-dust twins, Oar, rambled 70, 81 and 85 yards.

25 years ago, October 20, 1987

• As frenzied selling on Wall Street sent the Dow Jones average on a record nosedive Monday, investors at Aberdeen brokerages demonstrated little panic. But it was no fun.

Unlike Black Monday of October, 1929, when despondent investors leaped out of office windows in Manhattan, no Harborites were seen rushing out to bury their money in mattresses and no banks locked their doors.

“We saw very little panic selling here locally,” said Ed Klein, vice president and co-manager of Piper, Jaffray & Hopwoods’ Aberdeen office.

• Nursing two broken ribs, Dan Kahn is playing the waiting game one more time at the U of W.

The 1983 HHS graduate waited more than two years to see his first varsity action for the Husky football team. As a walk-on, he waited more than three years for an athletic scholarship.

But until his injury, sustained during the Husky-Oregon game earlier this month, Kahn had become a regular on virtually all of Washington’s special teams. He expects to resume those duties in three weeks, when the Huskies travel to Arizona.

Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.