75 years ago, November 12/13, 1937
• The Dionne quintuplets are not only prettier than ordinarily pictured but have every chance to grow up unspoiled, Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Ellis declared today after returning from a three month tour of eastern Canada. They stopped at Callander to see the famous little girls and watched them play outdoors twice while there.
Mrs. Ellis was impressed by the manner in which the nurses in attendance allowed the children to tumble about and approved the system whereby visitors are not allowed to stare openly at the girls and make them self-conscious.
• The Norwegian Steamship Horda under command of Captain George Huus arrived yesterday to take a large cargo of lumber for South American ports. She is loading at the Willapa Harbor Lumber Mills in Raymond and will sail Tuesday. The ship is one of the few of steam power under the Norwegian flag in these waters. She brought a cargo of copper ore from Chile to the Tacoma smelter.
Two and a half million feet of ties piled on the port dock wharf and fill will be lifted by the motorship Hird in the near future, port officials said today. The ties are to be delivered to the Chinese Nationalist government at Hong Kong.
50 years ago, november 12/13, 1962
• Probably no McClearyan has been more active in civic affairs the past year than the town’s postmaster, Zack Whinery. And none was found more deserving of its Citizen of the Year Award, bestowed Saturday night at the annual Awards Banquet.
Whinery has served as the Grand Treasurer for the Knights of Pythias in the State of Washington, was successful in leading its local bowling team to first place in its league and was elected president of the Chamber last fall and has served with distinction ever since.
• An aroused Montesano eleven handed the high-flying Elma Eagles their first loss of the season, 6-0, on rain-swept Davis Field Saturday afternoon.
Bulldog Coach Dick Watson praised Ken Spinharney for “a really great game,” though he felt that it was the “tremendous team effort which won it for us.” Big Bob Gronberg, Montesano’s 205-pound tackle, was a demon on defense and defensive halfback, Brian Phillips was also inspirational.
• Aberdeen High School’s memorial elm, dislodged by the proposed new high school building, will be perpetrated — but not in its present form or location.
The past week a number of scions or cuttings were taken from the more vigorous branches of the old tree by an Olympia capitol landscape architect and sent to the Handy Nursery of Portland. The scions will be grafted on new root stock next spring and a healthy new five to six-foot tree will be ready for planting the following autumn.
The present tree lost a huge limb in the Columbus Day “typhoon” and the trunk was split. It is doubtful whether the tree would have survived many years more against future storms and the likelihood of disease and decay arriving from the storm damage.
The present elm was brought to Aberdeen many years ago and was designated a memorial because of its association with George Washington.
25 years ago, november 12/13, 1987
• Frank Lamb, Hoquiam industrialist, author and civic leader has been elected to the Centennial Hall of Honor, the Washington State Historical Society.
Lamb, founder of the Lamb-Grays Harbor Company, a leading manufacturer of machinery for pulp companies and newspapers, was also a founder of the Grays Harbor port commission on which he served 44 years. He died in 1957 at age 77.
• There’s a special surprise awaiting Harborites this Christmas. The Driftwood Players will perform, “The Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever” in spite of a Puget Sound area moratorium on the play.
Owners of the rights felt it was receiving too much exposure in the Seattle area but on Thursday agents relented in the case of the Driftwood Players.
“We’re very pleased,” said director Bill Davis who has directed “Pageant” in its two previous performances here in 1983 and 1985.
“We’re at least two weeks behind (in rehearsals), Davis said, “and those trying out need to be ready to follow a strenuous rehearsal schedule.”
• There’s a renewed promise on a logging road near Promised Land Park. The county’s worst known illegal dump site is gone.
ITT Rayonier, whose land was used for the makeshift dump is out more than $2,500 — the original cost estimate of the clean-up.
Mort Gould, the county litter control agent, said he identified a dozen illegal users of the dump.
LeMay Enterprises was hired to clean up the site and sent a bulldozer and two garbage trucks to the 50-by-15-foot stench trench. They removed more than six 40-yard truckloads from the site.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.