World Gone By 11/17


75 years ago, November 17, 1937

• Row seven, seventh seat.

Seven always has been regarded as a lucky number but Dan McDonald, old time Hoquiam resident, selects the above combination religiously every time he attends one of the local theaters. If the seat is occupied he keeps the seat spotted and when vacant he makes a bee line for it.

Seat seven, row seven is “lucky” he asserts and gives facts and figures to support his claim. “As long as I’m lucky, I’m going to stay superstitious,” Mr. McDonald said.

“The Bible speaks favorably about seven, there are seven days in the week, the seventh wave on the sea shore is always the largest, and what about ‘seven’ in the lowly dice game?”

He has his own ideas about unlucky 13, too,

Thirteen attended the Last Supper and Friday the 13th is Hangman’s Day.

Mr. McDonald, who has lived in the Harmony Apartments for nearly 16 years, was employed at the Grays Harbor Lumber company before his retirement.

• Operations of the Polson Mill company suspended yesterday because of lack of orders, George Pauze, general manager, said today. The shut down laid off 165 employees.

The plant, one of the last to close on the Harbor, will be down indefinitely until business conditions warrant, Mr. Pauze said.

50 years ago, november 17, 1962

• The Grays Harbor City community, west of Hoquiam, in the last dozen years has undergone a rebirth.

In the 1890s the city was a growing community with a newspaper, several stores and an apparently bright future. However, it withered and died.

The last few years have seen a revival as “city folk” sought elbow space offered by suburban living. Construction is brisk in the community, including the Brockenridge area.

• Completely dominating the Elma Eagles for 48 minutes, Coach Vel West’s Raymond Seagulls roared to an undisputed Central League championship before over 2,000 excited fans last night by a convincing 26 to 0 score.

25 years ago, november 17, 1987

• By this time next year, a new boat launch, picnic area and nature trails may be complete on 13 acres of land along the Willapa River.

“With real luck we should probably finish by October 1988,” said Raymond City Superintendent Rebecca Chaffee.

The city has received a $143,000 state grant for the Willapa Landing project, which will include the city’s only boat ramp and a nature trail following the edge of a two-acre wetland.

• A joint meeting of the Aberdeen Rotary Club and the Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce at noon Wednesday in the Nordic Inn will kick off the “Great American Smokeout.”

The program tomorrow features Dr. Haskey, a Harbor surgeon who will discuss lung cancer and the effects of smoking.

Micki Colwell, public education chairman for the American Cancer Society will team up with the G.A.S. Players, a mime troupe from the Aberdeen High School, to offer tips for smokers.

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