75 years ago
October 28, 1938
Jim Thorpe, greatest Native American athlete of all times and recognized as one of the nation’s most famous athletic figures, will visit Grays Harbor next week to speak before students of three schools.
He is scheduled to appear at a public meeting Monday night at the Ocosta High School auditorium. His lectures Tuesday will be at Weatherwax High School and Grays Harbor Junior College but will be for students only.
Thorpe, a Sac and Fox Indian, gained much fame as a football player at the Carlisle Indian School under the tutelage of Glenn “Pop” Warner. Later, he twice represented the United States in Olympics and won the pentathlon and decathlon events.
October 29, 1938
A night shift will be added to the Hoquiam athletic park next week to complete the south wing of the grandstand for the Thanksgiving Day football game between Aberdeen and Hoquiam.
With 15o carpenters and approximately 250 laborers employed at the $100,000 project work is expected to be completed by Nov. 23, a day before the big gridiron event.
50 years ago
October 28, 1963
Among the cadets in the U.S. Military Academy’s football stadium today when the Cougars of Washington State meet the Black Knights of the Hudson were 35 cadets from Washington, one of who is from Aberdeen. Black Knights is the traditional and romantic name for the football team of the Army. This training ground for future officers, West Point, is the home of 2,500 cadets. As a member of the Long Grey Line, Cadet Douglas Harmon Barr has opportunities few other college-age students have including class sizes averaging 14 students, modern laboratories, a unique computer center, athletic and recreational facilities and West Point itself, a proud, historic national shrine.
October 29, 1963
Weatherwax High School this year is initiating a new system of reported the progress of students to their parents. In the new method, all subjects are listed on one card instead of on separate cards as in the past. The new card is made out in triplicate. One copy goes to the office, one to the student and one to the counselor to aid in counseling procedures with individual students. Parents no longer are required to sign the report cards as the student’s copy does not have to be returned to the school.
25 years ago
October 28, 1988
Her name is Bay City and she works the ships. “She’s a tramp. There’s no doubt about it,” says log scaler Chuck Rockwell.
Tramp she may be, but to the longshoremen and log scalers who work the South Aberdeen Bay City dock, “B.C.” is the classiest act in town. She’s a black and brown Heinz 57 mix who each morning trots into the dock area to mooch from the guys who gather around the goody wagon. If a ship’s not in dock, she will mosey along to the local tavern to pick up a pizza or to the Jackpot for an appetizer.
She knows to stay out of the way of the equipment but if she does get in the way, log loading ceases until she’s out of danger. “We actually consider her to be one of the crew,” said Rockwell.
October 29, 1988
A fresh beginning will be keynote Sunday as the newly formed Christian Life Fellowship of Grays Harbor conducts its first services in the Hopkins Junior High building.
The church results from a merger of Rhema Bible Fellowship and the Harbor Christian Fellowship, two interdenominational groups that have been meeting in Hoquiam and Montesano, respectively. Devin Backholm, pastor of the Montesano church, will assume the same title with the new church while Joe Marzioli, former Rhema pastor, will serve as associate pastor with pastoral care his major concern.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.