World Gone By 1/17


75 years ago, January 17, 1938

• In Aberdeen the seagulls go to school. They can’t read nor write but they know when it’s meal time.

Every day promptly at 11:30 o’clock, the birds gather at the McDermoth School to have lunch with the youngsters. They perch or stalk around until classes dismiss and then jostle each other for a position near the playshed where many of the children eat their noon meal.

At times there are hundreds of seagulls milling about. And then the bell rings for afternoon classes. As the youngsters troop back in into the classrooms the birds swoop down in a noisy cloud to clean up the table. As fast as they gathered, they vanish but they are always on hand promptly the next day.

• Voting 181 to 146 against re-affiliation with the AFL, Grays Harbor union longshoremen in a Saturday and Sunday ballot re-affirmed a stand with the CIO.

50 years ago, January 17, 1963

Harborites tomorrow and Saturday will have an opportunity to contribute to the March of Dimes and acquire attractive corsages in the bargain. Five local florists have joined together in a “posies for polio” effort, making and donating corsages which will be offered by members of three Aberdeen girls’ clubs.

Girls from ABX, KBA and Kai-Lai will be selling the corsages for a donation. Miniature lapel crutches will be available for the men. Participating florists are Thomas Flower Shop, Frank Mandich Flowers, Pioneer Florist, Wynans Florist and Grand Central Florist.

25 years ago, January 17, 1988

• Robert L. Charette, who was proud to be called a politician and gave Grays Harbor the best years of his life, is dead of cancer at 65.

After three years as a Grays Harbor Superior Court judge, the former longtime state legislator resigned last October to return to private practice with four young partners.

The news of his death cast a pall over Wednesday’s meeting of the Aberdeen Rotary Club. Charette was a 34-year member and past president.

• Sharon Kay Fackrell and Douglas Mark Schermer, both former Aberdeen residents, are engaged and planning an autumn wedding.

The bride-to-be received a bachelor’s degree in speech and communication from the University of Washington. She is a recreation supervisor for Thurston County.

Mr. and Mrs. Dan J. Fackrell of Aberdeen are her parents.

The groom-to-be is a graduate of Oregon State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in forest engineering. He works for Quigg-McDonald. Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Schermer of Aberdeen are his parents.

• Stung by hot Winlock shooting in the first half, Montesano rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to edge Winlock, 59-54 in a West Cowlitz League basketball game Saturday night.

Guard Rick Denholm, hitting a couple of key three-point field goals in the third quarter, had all 18 of his points in the second half.

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