World Gone By 1/18


75 years ago, January 18, 1938

Joyce Duskin, young Harbor singer, climbed another step up the ladder to national theatrical fame when she was selected as one of 12 beautiful showgirls now appearing in “Between the Devil” at the Imperial in New York City.

As a member of the cast, Miss Duskin will act her role before President Roosevelt and White House guests in the executive mansion.

She is the daughter of Bernard Duskin, former principal of the Wishkah Valley High School and took voice lessons from Delbert Fradenburg.

50 years ago, January 18, 1963

• Contributing to the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital license-plate drive costs nothing but it will help pay the cost of caring for Harbor youngsters sent to the hospital.

It takes approximately five plates to make a pound of scrap aluminum worth 9 cents. So every license plate counts.

Plates may be left at schools, garages and service stations. The final collection date is Feb. 16.

• Big Mike White scored 7 points in the overtime period to spark Miller Junior High’s unbeaten Bobkittens to a crucial 37-29 overtime victory over rangy Washington of Olympia yesterday.

White, a 6-2 center for the Bobkittens, tallied 14 points, while Don Mehlhoff garnered 10 and John Wilson, a fine playmaker and floor leader wound up with 8.

25 years ago, January 18, 1988

• The Washington Wildlife Commission’s listing of the northern spotted owl as an endangered species Friday won’t necessarily prevent a single stick of timber from being logged.

It upgrades the crime of shooting or “taking” the owl from a misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor but beyond that its force is mostly moral, according to Eric Cummins, a nongame biologist for the Department of Wildlife in Olympia.

• Ten more buildings will become the canvas for the county’s colorful history this year.

But the ambitious State Centennial murals program needs more local talent, organizers say.

There’s not enough hours in the day” for the artists already involved to meet the numerous requests for historical murals, said Kay Fichtner, chairwoman of the Grays Harbor Centennial Murals Committee.

Dick and Lynn Creevan are now painting Star Corner at the SouthShore Mall in Aberdeen. A bakery, restaurant and service station once did business at Star Corner, presently the site of the South Aberdeen Swanson’s store.

The Creevans expect to complete the mural this month. Their earlier works include a mural of the old Aberdeen train depot on the wall of the Goldberg annex on Heron Street and a Wishkah Mall mural of Think of Me hill overlooking the Chehalis River in East Aberdeen.

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