75 years ago, December 10/11, 1937
• Herewith, on this page is published a “ballot” which interested readers may sign as a personal appeal addressed to Congress — a plea to keep American out of war. With the publication of this ballot, The World, is cooperating with the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States in a national campaign to obtain the signatures of 25 million voters to be presented to Congress as evidence of public demand for peace.
• Graduating from the Navy flying school at Pensacola, Florida, Alfred Aho, son of Mr. and Mrs. Olav Aho of East Market Street in Aberdeen, was home today on a 30-day vacation before going to San Diego to start his three remaining years of Navy aviation service. Young Aho graduated from the Aberdeen high school in 1933.
• The resolution condemning the open season on Roosevelt elk on the Olympic Peninsula adopted by the Aberdeen Elks lodge Thursday will be sent to Governor Martin, other state officials and every Elks lodge in the state.
50 years ago, December 10/11, 1962
• Jack Levinson and Dick Davies, Harborites who team up for an occasional European jaunt, were blissfully ignorant of all the risks they were taking while behind the Iron Curtain during the Cuban crisis.
Together, Levinson, who works for the GH PUD and Davies, operator of Bargain Sales in Hoquiam, made swings into East Germany, driving a car they had purchased that bore Virginia license plates and the unmistakable “USA” letters stamped large.
On 10-day visas they attended the Leipzip Trade Fair, reputedly the world’s oldest, and then jaunted through East Berlin, returning to Hof in West Germany. The latter trip was while war tensions were building up.
• Eagles and members of the Retail Trade Board are planning the first downtown Hoquiam Santa Claus Torchlight parade which they hope to make an annual affair.
The parade is set for Friday night and besides Santa will include choirs aboard floats singing carols, marching bands, clowns, the big St. Bernard dog “KB” pulling a cart and other entries.
25 years ago, December 10/11, 1987
• The Grays Harbor Cantabile Ensemble will present “The Messiah,” Part 1 Sunday afternoon at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
The group was formed last summer with Hank Bilderback, choir director, and J. Gordon Edlund, orchestra coordinator.
Soloists include June Bausher, Mary Cochran, Craig Cummings, Doyle Cummings, Ann Geddes, Bonnie Gray, Keith Krueger, Ken McDonald, Elinor Robinson, Pat Wilhelms, Dorothy Willis and Randal Young.
• Elaborately decked Christmas trees, crystal and undecorated evergreens produced more than $7,000 for the St. Joseph Hospital in the first annual “Festival of Trees” at the Cooney Mansion in Cosmopolis Sunday.
More than 100 guests in glittering holiday attire enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres as they viewed eight lavishly decorated Christmas trees and listened to the Aberdeen High School String Ensemble.
One tree, covered with handmade decorations, including fans, dried hydrangea and bows, was purchased for $425.
• Three Harbor players were named to the all-Black Hills League football team, selected by league coaches.
Wide receiver Brett Vance and offensive lineman Pat Snodgrass, both of Aberdeen and Hoquiam defensive end Jon Pasckvale were included on the 27-player first team.
• An ambitious $3.3 million fundraising goal has been set by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority for 1988, the year the Lady Washington is launched and construction begins on the Columbia.
The first six months of the new year are crucial if the Columbia — the larger of the two vessels — is to be started in 1988, board member Dick Houghton said last night. There’s already enough money in the bank to complete the Lady Washington, a 72-foot brig. But in September when the replica of Robert Gray’s first ship is launched, a captain and crew will come on board and the ongoing costs begin.
• “It’s kind of hard to meet somebody at the peak when you’re just starting to climb,” Aberdeen wrestling coach Russell Skolrood reflected. “Hard” seemed scarcely the word after powerful Elma crushed the Bobcats, 69-2, in a Black Hills League wrestling match Thursday.
• Receiving three forfeits, Elma won 8 of the 10 contested matches by pins — by David Graham, Jason Burbidge, Matt Doyle, Dan Staggs, Paul Sellars, Shane Matau, Mike Cote and Chris Tangen.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.