World Gone By 12/12


75 years ago, December 12, 1937

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago, December 12, 1962

• Raymond Mann, Aberdeen nursery man, is the city’s new park superintendent.

Mann was appointed by Mayor Walt Failor at last night’s City Council session. The appointment was confirmed unanimously by the council.

The new superintendent succeeds Hugo Larson who has held the position for more than 26 years, starting in 1936 during the administration of Mayor Herbert Horrocks.

• Donald Otterstad, surveyor third class, USN of Marion Street in Aberdeen, is taking part in “Operation Deepfreeze 63” at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.

He is one of nearly 100 Navy men who will perform duties in support of scientific parties in the frozen wasteland, placing and resupplying them through the four months of continuous daylight.

This season will be perhaps the most ambitious phase of Deepfreeze operations on record.

Personnel stationed at McMurdo already have experienced some of the warmest weather the continent ever sees — a balmy 15 degrees above zero — and a “whiteout” where the ground and air blend in a white, fog-like condition that makes flight almost impossible.

• Coming to life in the second half, the Ed Fleming-paced Aberdeen Bobcats posted their first victory of the season by routing Elma 48 to 30 at the Miller Gym last night.

Bob Oar, the Cats all-state halfback, showed he could put his speed to use on the maple court and picked up 10 points during the evening. Guard Jim Due garnered 9.

25 years ago, December 12, 1987

• Dressed in work boots, a stocking cap and layers of warm clothes, Chery Munger knelt on one knee and brushed a mixture of oil and turpentine onto a classic Whitehall skiff.

Behind her, the bow section of the Lady Washington’s keel rises like a giant prehistoric bird painted in red lead.

Her father, Charley Munger, an ardent supporter of the project, suggested the shipyard job to fill the time until she returns to Washington State University after the first of the year.

“Every job I’ve ever given her she has been able to do,” said Rick Miles, lead shipwright for the Tall Ships project. “She built a lot of the staging and ladders we use and some of the drawers and cabinet work. I put her on the mold loft for a month and she was a natural.”

• David Jump hit a pair of three-pointers as the Grizzlies ran off 11 unanswered points in the final 2:13 to stunningly overhaul Chehalis, 64-60, in a dramatic Black Hills League basketball game Friday night.

Game honors, however, went to Brian Bagley, who did all of his business from inside five feet. Hitting 8 of 10 from the floor, the powerfully-built 6-3 senior finished with 22 points.

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