World Gone By 12/15

75 years ago, December 15, 1937

• Three tons of copper wire, valued at $1,200 when it was brought, was stolen from the Port of Grays Harbor equipment storage warehouse at the airport, police were informed today. The wire, some of it new, was used in dredging operations and had been placed in storage.

Police believe that it might be traced to Tacoma or Seattle, the quantity being too great to dispose of here.

• The Hoquiam Grizzly basketball team opening a two-day invasion against Oregon schools outclassed Salem High School last night before more than 1,000 persons to win 30 to 12.

Les Mickelson, Ken Husby and Don Hall played good ball for Hoquiam.

50 years ago, December 15, 1962

• The Salvation Army will accept names for Christmas baskets until Dec. 20. The food baskets will be delivered Saturday and Monday, Dec. 22 and 24.

Last year the Salvation Army gave food baskets to 162 families in the Grays Harbor area. Capt. Roger Malmberg, corps officer, said the need seems to be greater this year as indicated by the flow of names coming into the office.

A complete Christmas dinner will be served to all single men of the Harbor at 12:30 o’clock Christmas Day.

• Working the ball well despite their inexperience, a young, fast Elma Eagle quintet toppled a taller Chehalis squad for a 52 to 34 win in their Central League opener last night.

High scorers of the night for Elma were Pat Murphy with 14 and Rick Slettedahl with 12.

25 years ago, December 15, 1987

• Hoquiam Mayor Jack McGuire was commended for 11 years of service to the city and his “genuine care and love for Hoquiam” by the city council Monday.

McGuire had sought another term as mayor but was defeated by councilwoman Phyllis Shrauger in the November election.

The mayor was commended for his “humor, forthright stands and freewheeling abandon” as well as his “cooperativeness and insistence that resulted in many physical improvements visible in Hoquiam.”

• Dorothy Harter, 63, had never painted in her life before a few months ago. Her hands shook so much she never dreamed it was possible.

Now her lovely drawing of a cabin on a mountain hillside adorns thousands of Christmas cards being sold at more than 100 convalescent centers throughout the U.S.

Harter, a resident of Grays Harbor Convalescent Center in Aberdeen, took first place in a multi-state contest sponsored by Beverly Enterprises, the company that owns the nursing home.

Harter credits her art teacher, Jim Ihrig, a nurse’s aid who teaches painting on the side, for her success.

“He hauled me out of my bed and told me I was going to learn how to paint. He should get the credit,” she said, looking fondly at her teacher.

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