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75 years ago, January 20, 1938

• Grays Harbor County Republicans in common with others throughout the state and nation, will celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday anniversary at a banquet in Aberdeen, Feb. 12, Wesley Bartine announced today.

Each adult Republican attending the banquet will be asked to bring a person who has attained voting age within the past few years.

• Aberdeen school children will reach the halfway mark of the current school year Friday as the first semester draws to a close.

One new subject, trigonometry, will be added to the high school curriculum. Commercial law, personal typing and advanced algebra, all half-year courses, will be offered.

• Soundings are being taken west of the Grays Harbor Lumber Company to determine the depth of the water for proposed establishment of a pilchard reduction plant this spring by the American Marine Products company of San Francisco. Grays Harbor Port officials are cooperating in gathering necessary data.

Should the site be considered favorable the company plans to bring its floating reduction plant “Currier” for the first season. If successful, the company may consider building a permanent cannery and reduction plant later.

50 years ago, January 20, 1963

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, January 20, 1988

• Final easement problems were resolved by the Hoquiam City Council Tuesday, paving the way for construction of a $1.8 million, 39-apartment senior complex at 907 K St.

Groundbreaking for Channel Point Village likely will take place within a week, Thor Thorson, project coordinator, told the council. Quigg Bros.-McDonald is responsible for excavation, pilings and concrete work.

The monthly rent will range from $825 to $1,400 depending on the size of the units.

• About 50 Harborites joined some 3,000 abortion foes in a march on the capitol Tuesday. They heard gubernatorial candidate Rep. Bob Williams blast Gov. Booth Gardner for not joining their cause.

Rose Marie Bieker of Aberdeen, a former candidate for the Legislature, was one of the Harborites who participated in the rally. The group traveled to Olympia by bus and private car. A group of eighth grade students from St. Mary’s School participated as well, she said.

Bieker said Grays Harbor Reps. Bob Basich and Jim Hargrove spoke to the rally and confirmed their support for any pro-life legislation, as did Sen. Brad Owen, D-Shelton.

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