World Gone By 1/2

75 years ago, January 2, 1938

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago, January 2, 1963

• Death came early this afternoon at his home on W. Eighth St. to Werner Andrew Rupp, publisher and editor of the Aberdeen Daily World for more than half a century. He died in his 83rd year, after virtually a lifetime in the newspaper field. He had been active in his direction of the Aberdeen World until about 18 months ago when his health began to fail.

• More than 200 people had rung in the New Year with fanfare at the Aberdeen Elks and were dancing after dinner when Aberdeen businessman Gordon Miller suffered a fatal heart attack.

Four Aberdeen firefighters and a paramedic arrived three minutes after the 2:38 a.m. call and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation but Miller, 47, was pronounced dead on arrival at Grays Harbor Community Hospital.

Gordon was a graduate of Aberdeen High School an Western Washington University, had worked for Lamb Grays Harbor and since 1986 owned the Simpson Avenue Deli.

• The recently-passed salary ordinance sets the following salaries for this year for Hoquiam city department heads and technical personnel: Executive director of urban renewal, $10,336; Director of public works, $8,900; Police and fire chief, $6,704, Swimming pool manager, $5,605; City clerk and city treasurer, $5,280.

40 Years Ago, January 2, 1973

• Grays Harbor welcomed its first baby of 1973 at 7:37 Monday evening — a 7 pound 3 ounce infant daughter to Sharon and David Gerard of Hoquiam.

Jody Lynn is the Gerards’ first child and mom reports “she looks just like her father.”

25 years ago, January 2, 1988

• It was the second-driest year this century, according to Hoquiam Lions Club Rain Derby records which means Steve Mihovilich of Hoquiam starts 1988 $1,000 richer.

The total rainfall recorded at Bowerman Field in 1987 was 50.11 inches, Mihovilich’s guess and second only to 1985’s 40.38 inch figure in the record books.

• Goodby 1987; the Year of the Bimbo.

Which bimbo appeared on 20/20? Which one appeared in Playboy? Which one appeared on the Ollie Ollie Show? Answers: Donna was the Bimini Bimbo, Jessica was the preacher’s Playmate and Fawn in the afternoon stuffed incriminating documents down her dress to smuggle them out of the office.

But cheer up. Next year is going to be worse. If Gary Hart can make a comeback, so can Jim and Tammy Baker, and Ollie North and all those bimbos, and someone, perhaps George or Bob, Bruce or Mike will be elected to preside over the national hangover that will follow Ronald Reagan’s happy hour.

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