World Gone By 1/19

75 years ago, January 19, 1938

• At least 1,700 Aberdeen and Hoquiam basketball fans expected to crowd into Miller gymnasium Friday night for the first hoop contest of the year between the two schools will be able to find a seat, John “Bus” Fairbairn, caretaker of the facility gymnasium and natatorium, said today.

Every available bleacher and chair will be placed in the gym to accommodate the capacity crowd but fans are warned to come early to make sure of a seat.

• Port Arthur’s “upside-down seagull” a creation that budded and bloomed in the imagination of Mark Sullivan, former Aberdeen World reporter, is still traveling the high road of fame. In the current issue of the “Gilmore Cub” company employee paper of the Gilmore Oil Company, the inverted bird is credited, and on the front page too, with flying upside down for three days.

Sullivan is now a reporter with The Seattle Times.

50 years ago, January 19, 1963

• Members of Robert Gray Chapter of the DAR will entertain guests at a tea Thursday afternoon, Feb. 7, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Aberdeen. Guests will be privileged to see a program of slides showing the beautiful buildings that make up the national headquarters of the DAR in Washington, D.C. Of special interest will be views of the rooms at the museum furnished by different states.

Two of these are the “Children’s Attic” furnished by the New Hampshire chapters and an Early American kitchen which is the project of chapters in Oklahoma.

• Willapa Valley Vikings ran up a demoralizing 32-4 halftime lead over lowly Ocosta, then breezed to its fifth straight Pacific League victory without loss. The final was 67-32.

Gary Benson, Viks’ forward, dunked 22 points to lead all scorers. Tall Ocosta center Bob Cutting hit 11 for the losers.

25 years ago, January 19, 1988

• The 32 Miller Junior High School students who attended the three-day Natural Helpers retreat at Camp Bethel near Copalis Crossing this weekend learned about sharing and caring, about helping friends share the load that life sometimes dumps on the young.

Miller assistant principal Jerry Salstrom spent all three days at the retreat. “It’s all about breaking down artificial barriers and getting to know people,” he said. “They learned to not just make judgments on appearances.”

• Michele Pettit and Darrin Rake hardly know what their job will be from one day to the next and that’s fine with them. They are part of the state’s Washington Conservation Corps program, that matches young people who need work with public agencies that can offer on-the-job training.

In the past few months, they have worked as carpenters, gathered data for soil tests, operated computers, repaired wilderness hiking trails, painted lines for parking spaces, closed up a campground for the winter, worked on a road building crew and cleaned outhouses.

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