75 years ago, October 4, 1937
• Severely beaten over the head with the butt of a rifle when he stopped two men late Saturday to inspect suspected illicit venison in their packs, Jack Handron of Hoquiam, state game protector and widely known throughout the Harbor, is in the Hoquiam General Hospital seriously but not critically injured.
The attack took place near Simpson Camp No. 6.
• Gonzaga’s football team was enroute home to Spokane today after playing a scoreless tie with St. Mary’s Galloping Gaels in San Francisco yesterday.
The Galloping Gaels failed to gallop because they were too busy trying to keep Gonzaga fullback George “Automatic” Karamatic from doing just that.
Karamatic, a former Aberdeen High School player, played 59 minutes of the game and when he left the field he was given a rousing ovation by the fans.
50 years ago, October 4, 1962
• When the SS Savannah left her home port of Savannah, Ga., in 1819 to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean, she carried as part of her cargo lumber from Georgia forests.
In August, 1962 — 143 years later — another Savannah put out from the same port to make nautical history again, this time as the world’s first nuclear-powered merchant ship. Appropriately, too, a part of her cargo came from Georgia forests.
In a “coals to Newcastle” shipment, Rayonier’s Jesup Division is sending to Rayonier’s Grays Harbor division two tons of “Georgianier” an advanced sulfate paper-making pulp made from Southern Pine. This pulp will be blended with pulps produced by the Hoquiam mill into a cellulose product tailored for the manufacture of high quality paper products.
25 years ago, October 4, 1987
• The cranberry harvest has started in Grayland and things are going “fairly well,” according to Wallace Waara, who grows 19 acres of cranberries.
Cranberries are the sole industry in Grayland. About 650 acres of bog are planted in an area eight miles long and a half mile wide.
The Waaras took over operation of the family bogs in 1963. His father was in on the original bog planting when Ocean Spray approached Grayland growers with the idea of a cooperative approach to cranberry growing.
Prior to 1940 berries were hand picked. Then growers began using suction machines. In the 1950s, a clever Graylander invented the machine still in use today. It was patented and still bears his name: the Furford Machine, after Julius Furford, now in his 80s, who still has a shop in Grayland.
• Miller Junior High School recently elected student body officers: Don Marbut, president; Carrie Martin, vice president; Kerri Proctor, treasurer; Britt Eichelsdoerfer, corresponding secretary and Brandy Joslin, recording secretary.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.