75 years ago, January 11, 1938
• Three dances and one social party in Aberdeen will celebrate President Roosevelt’s birthday and aid organization of a national association to combat infantile paralysis. Celebrants will dance in the Elks temple and Moose and Polish halls and the social party will be in the Eagles hall Saturday night, Jan. 29.
• Radio station KXRO will move to new quarters in the City Retail Lumber Company Building Saturday night, Harry Spence, president, said today.
“Our new quarters are considerably larger and more complete than those we have in the Morck Hotel,” he said.
50 years ago, January 11, 1963
• Personal and Family Survival, a civil defense training class provided free as a community service, will start Monday evening at the college.
The course, offered for three consecutive Mondays, will cover such subjects as radioactive fallout and what might be done to survive it, the effects of modern weapons and possible defenses against them, community emergency planning to save individual lives and personal actions which every citizen should consider to survive nuclear attack or severe natural disaster.
• If more people had George Caldwell’s drive and energy, what a land this would be.
A Bell Telephone Company employee since 1955, Caldwell’s first love has always been sports. As a star athlete at Ocosta High School, the husky Westport youth won all-conference honors four consecutive years in football and basketball and earned himself quite a reputation as an amateur boxer.
Yet a tragic accident in November of 1958 might have wiped out his sports careers, if it wasn’t for his determination and perseverance. Working as a telephone company lineman, George was injured by a falling tree near Grays Harbor City and hospitalized for 9 months.
Ten months after the accident which left him in critical condition for days and paralyzed in both legs, he was back on the job.
He’s now the driving force behind the Harbor’s independent basketball and slo-pitch leagues and serves as president of both organizations.
25 years ago, January 11, 1988
• It’s time for the Forest Service to take another look at its long-range plan for the south shore of Lake Quinault.
The government owns the land, but allows private individuals to live on it and locate businesses there, paying for the privilege, of course. The shoreline is mostly Forest Service campground, the Lake Quinault Lodge and several lakefront homes.
• Four Grays Harbor bicyclists placed in the Mountain Bike Scramble in Elma Sunday.
Aron Redifer of Aberdeen finished second in the first-time class, Jim Volz of Grayland was runner-up in the beginning class, Randy Buehner of Aberdeen fourth in the first-time class and Nick Randich of Aberdeen fifth in the same division.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.