75 years ago, January 21, 1938
• Former habitues of the old Royal cigar store and hotel, situated at the west end of the Heron Street bridge, would not recognize today this former haunt of the early-day loggers and mill workers.
The new enterprise which has now taken possession of the old “Royal” will be known as the Grays Harbor Union Gospel Mission and will be supported by the united churches of the county and other Christian organizations.
The ornate mahogany bar with its large mirrors and hand-wrought carvings has been torn out, together with the foot rail upon which rested the weary feet of its convivial patrons.
Instead of the bar and slot machines of the former days, one now finds a pleasant reading room at the front part of the ground floor.
• Congressman Martin F. Smith today informed chamber of commerce officials that WPA officials in Washington, D.C. are studying ways to provide funds for a rat and rodent project.
With reports that many rats have scattered to all sections of the city since razing of old buildings, the city of Hoquiam is especially interested in obtaining such a project.
About a year ago, officials of the U.S. Biological Research Department conducted a survey of dump grounds in Grays Harbor and found them to be infested with thousands of rats.
50 years ago, January 21, 1963
• The Grays Harbor Mounted Posse is increasing in number, Sheriff Richard F. Simmons observed at the group’s annual meeting Saturday night.
Simmons and outgoing Capt. William Artz acted as masters of ceremonies at the J Street Temple gathering in Hoquiam.
The sheriff commented on the fierce competition the group meets at tournaments from posses representing more prosperous counties. “They can get hold of valuable mounts, but here we have to use the horse each man can afford,” he said.
• Aberdeen’s Gail Hannuk, elected Miss Washington in 1961, is keeping busy in San Francisco where she is in demand as a commercial photographer’s model.
Recently her picture appeared on the cover of two issues of Bonanza, the Sunday magazine section of the San Francisco Chronicle. Inside pages were liberally sprinkled with pictures of Miss Hannuk modeling fashions or enhancing various products.
• More wrong numbers were received than right ones at the Raymond Fire hall in 1962, according to statistics compiled by Chief Charles Oldani. While some 92 phone calls were received for the “real thing” over the emergency line, 165 more were wrong numbers, not intended to be fire calls. The calls most often seem to be misdials although some children in the past have purposely dialed the emergency number with only mischief on their minds.
25 years ago, January 21, 1988
• Most animal control programs have been curtailed countywide in the wake of tight times, and PAWS faces record demands that overtax its finances.
In short, the volunteer agency is dogged by money problems.
“We estimate being able to operate until fall, maybe September,” said Nancy Krussel, a PAWS volunteer.
The 20-year-old organization will make pleas to city and county governments during the next few weeks.
• Alumni of A.J. West Elementary School are being invited to return to the days of their youth on Tuesday.
The gathering of former students, teachers and other employees at the Aberdeen school is to mark the school’s 74th birthday, said Sue Torrens, principal.
When the building opened Jan. 26, 1914, it was a four-room, two story brick tile building and was called Samuel Benn, in honor of the local pioneer.
In 1917 Samuel Benn donated land at 4th and G street to build a new school, to which his name was given. So the school at 2nd and Conger streets was called A.J. West in honor of the lumberman.
• An elderly Copalis Crossing couple was found dead in their home Thursday night and sheriff’s detectives believe they have a double homicide on their hands.
“We will literally go through the house inch by inch,” Sheriff Dennis Morrisette said this morning.
The victims’ names were being withheld this morning while the county coroner attempted to notify family members.
• Shaking off a slow start, Ocosta’s girls led all the way and scored a 53-44 West Cowlitz League victory over Tenino last night.
Kerri Hollingsworth with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Jennifer Brockhoff with 16 points and 12 boards, led the Wildcats.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.