World Gone By 11/20

75 years ago, November 19/20, 1937

• Efforts to obtain a turf playing field for football on the Harbor and improved accommodations for football fans were launched at today’s meeting of the Aberdeen Kiwanis Club at the Morck Hotel after J.E. Stewart proposed the club directors be authorized to name a committee to cooperate with all other civic organizations in such a movement.

Whether Stewart Field would be rebuilt or whether Hoquiam and Aberdeen will join in developing a central turf field was not discussed at today’s meeting. It was learned, however, that the East Hoquiam playfield had been proposed yesterday for development into a central gridiron.

• A letter from Washington State Governor Clarence D. Martin reads, “Dear Mr. Rupp, I congratulate you on the new appearance of The World. I noticed a difference in your Wednesday’s paper even before I read your story of ‘streamline’ and the more I studied the difference the better I liked it.

“Frankly, I have been impressed for several years by the newsy and readable paper you have been turning out for the people of Grays Harbor … ”

• In the “Echoes of the Past: 20 Years Ago Today” column — November 20, 1917: The first federal ship built on the Harbor will be launched within two weeks.

In the “Echoes of the Past: 10 Years Ago Today” column — November 20, 1927: Henry Ford predicts that someday there will be airplanes carrying 200 passengers.

Also in 1927, police, arresting five men, are believed to have saved the life of Al Capone, Cicero underworld leader. The five men were stationed to shoot Capone down with rifle fire.

50 years ago, november 19/20, 1962

• Principal Don Egge of Hoquiam said this morning he anticipates a large crowd at the Aberdeen-Hoquiam Thanksgiving Day contest because of the excellent first day sale of tickets at the Morck and Emerson hotels.

The crowd could exceed 6,500 unless weather cuts down the attendance.

In answer to complaints of some disgruntled ticket buyers who stood in line for several hours Saturday only to end up with end zone seats, Egge said, “The public sale of tickets wasn’t any different this year than in the past. However, season ticket holders and parents of players were given first choice.”

• The Satsop Grange quartet won the National Grange quartet championship in competition during the Grange convention Saturday in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Members of the quartet, which previously won the Washington State Grange title, are Dave and Bill Glenn, Buford Goeres and Rex Valentine.

• Hoquiam’s triple threat star Omar Parker, who has had a hand in all but two of the Grizzlies’ touchdowns this season will be slowed down considerably by a painful thigh bruise and may see only limited action in the Thanksgiving Day clash with Aberdeen, Coach Bob Mack said this morning.

Another Grizzly performer, end Jeff Rhebeck, also was injured and on crutches over the weekend and is a doubtful player in the 58th annual holiday classic.

25 years ago, november 19/20, 1987

• Five members of Montesano’s league championship club were named to the all-West Cowlitz League football team, chosen from coaches’ all-opponent teams.

Quarterback-defensive back Kurt Loertscher, running back-linebacker Neil Deffenbaugh, tackle Todd Bridge, offensive guard Shane Phillips and wide receiver Rick Denholm represented the Bulldogs on the all-league squad. Loertscher, Deffenbaugh and Bridge were two-way selections.

• Pete Erben, the man most directly in charge of the Mt. Colonel Bob Wilderness, is recovering from injuries he sustained in searching for a lost hunter last week.

Tanned and fit-appearing, he was plainly on the road to recovery this week in Grays Harbor Community Hospital’s Critical Care Unit after falling more than 100 feet during the predawn search.

But it was a near miss, and the fact that he donned polypropylene long underwear, heavy wood and rain gear before the search may have saved his life, he says.

He suffered five broken ribs, a punctured lung, torn spleen and other serious internal injuries in the fall, and was initially listed in critical condition. A least three pints of blood were pumped from his stomach, but inexplicably, his skin wasn’t broken.

“It’s something I have no regrets over, he said. “I’m not going to quit. You can’t stop doing this because you’re afraid.”

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