World Gone By 1/15


75 years ago, January 14/15, 1938

• Revenue of the Port of Willapa Harbor reached an all-time high of $25,047.46 in 1937, according to the annual report made public today. It represents an increase of more than 50 percent over the 1936 figure of $16,698.54, despite the sharp fall in ship traffic tonnage.

Outbound tonnage consisting largely of lumber, shingles, logs, railroad ties, canned oysters, cascara bark, scrap iron and machinery totaled 110,259 tons.

• Central Park residents Thomas Paine and Fred Krogh are two U.S. sailors who will carry congratulations from Grays Harbor to Australia when four cruisers speed south this month to help that “down under” commonwealth celebrate its 150th anniversary.

• Thirty members of the Grays Harbor Ski Club were completing last minute preparations for the first club trip to Mount Rainier.

Most of those taking the trip have never skied before, Dick Street, club president, said today.

Club leaders scoff at the idea that skiing is dangerous. Most of the ski injuries are caused by too much speed and not enough control, they say. The average skier tried to do too much in one day and is not in condition for the bumps and spills that are bound to accompany the beginner and his first ski trials.

50 years ago, January 14/15, 1963

• The captain of the Peter L., largest ship ever to put into Willapa Harbor Port Dock, is a personable, young-looking man who has had salt water in his veins since childhood.

He is Nicholas Mellis, who at the age of 33 has charge of a 576-foot vessel and the ship’s complement of 32 Greek officers and men.

The Peter L. is loading some one million board feet of Weyerhaeuser Company logs and tomorrow it will sail to Grays Harbor for a million-plus board feet of logs, then to Seattle for 12,500 tons of grain and to San Francisco for 1,500 tons of crude oil.

• Vernon Wilson scored on a layup shot at the final buzzer to give Moclips a thrilling 37-36 Tri-County League basketball win over Wishkah Saturday night.

Don Kietel paced Wishkah with 15 points while Wilson topped Moclips with 12.

• Alan Aho, son of Mr. and Mrs. Weikko Aho of Pacific Avenue, was named Boy-of-the-Month by the Aberdeen Kiwanis Club and received his award at the club meeting this noon at the Morck Hotel. He is a senior at Weatherwax High School.

During elementary school he was treasurer and president of his sixth grade. He played Little League and was on the all-star team one year. He was all-star two years in the Babe Ruth League and was captain the second year.

In high school he played basketball, participated in hurdle and broad jump events in track, was secretary of his Hi-Y Club and represented the Aberdeen Active 20-30 Club at Boy’s State last summer.

25 years ago, January 14/15, 1988

• Ships sat idle at docks on Grays Harbor and all along the West Coast today as longshoremen looked for a way to blunt ITT Rayonier’s possible bid to load log ships without the ILWU.

Members of the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union attended a meeting at the Tacoma Dome today to discuss strategy.

ILWU longshoremen earn a basic weekday wage of $19.43 per hour plus fringe benefits.

• Plank by plank, the Lady Washington is for sale as a master fundraising plan is unfurled at the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority.

From the mast to the anchor, parts of the first tall ship have been priced so that supporters can “buy” their own piece of the project. The galley is going for $10,000, the anchor for $1,200. Some 200 planks are for sale at $500 apiece.

A price list for the second tall ship, the Columbia, also is completed. Construction is scheduled to begin this year on the replica of the ship Capt. Robert Gray sailed into our harbor on May 7, 1792. His original vessel was the Lady Washington.

• Montesano moved into undisputed second place with a victory last night in a West Cowlitz League girls basketball game.

They beat Tenino 47-28.

The Bulldogs enjoyed unusual scoring balance with six players totaling at least five points. Shelly Pascoe was the top Bulldog scorer with 12 points and top rebounder with 13.

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