World Gone By 12/29


75 years ago, December 29, 1937

Grays Harbor’s four state patrolmen expect to don their new blue and dark maroon uniforms Saturday in accordance with orders issued at Olympia that all patrolmen in the state appear Jan. 1 in the new dress.

The uniforms have not met favor according to other district but the local men were noncommittal.

Caps are blue with a dark maroon band. The tunic also is blue and embodies a maroon shoulder shield with gold letters WSP. A blue-gray shirt replaces the white and the tie is dark with a red stripe. Pants are dark maroon.

50 years ago, December 29, 1962

• The Blagen Mill will start operations next Thursday under new ownership as the Blagen Timber Co. Former employees should report to their foreman at the plant Wednesday, Jan. 2 to be lined up for work.

Sale of the mill and timberlands by J.W. Fish and family to a local group headed by the former vice presidents L.N. Skalley and Gordon Johnson was announced a week ago.

• Ray Douglas, who came to Aberdeen from Wisconsin to work for the Port of Grays Harbor for two weeks will retire Monday after 41 years of service.

“I came here in 1921 to replace a man while he went on vacation, and I’ve been here ever since,” reminisced Douglas, assistant manager of the port, during an employee’s party in his honor.

Starting as a construction inspector when facilities were being built at the port site, Douglas has served as assistant engineer, construction supervisor and dock superintendent.

• Outscoring a threatening White Pass squad 19 to 4 in the third quarter after trailing late in the second stanza, the Montesano Bulldogs went on to demolish the Panthers 59 to 37 last night.

The win gives the Bulldogs a 7-0 Central League mark.

High scorers for Montesano and the game were senior guard Bruce Hooper, who played his best game of the campaign and rangy Brian Phillips both with 14.

25 years ago, December 29, 1987

An anonymous donor slipped a rare $1,000 bill into a Salvation Army bucket at the SouthShore Mall a couple of days before Christmas.

“It was neatly folded so that the 1 and the 0 showed,” said Crystal Barklow, who works in the Salvation Army’s administration office.

Thousand dollar bills have not been in circulation for about 20 years, said Ron Caufman, manager of the Rainier Bank were it was taken to be verified as authentic. He theorized that the bill had been in someone’s safe deposit box or tucked away at the donor’s home for many years.

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