World Gone By 1/23

75 years ago, January 23, 1938

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago, January 23, 1963

• Al Eklund, chairman of the mathematics department at Weatherwax High School, has been granted a National Science Foundation grant to Purdue University for the summer session.

Eklund attended Purdue on a similar grant last summer and has been reinvited for advanced study in the eight-week math program.

• A voracious insect, the Hemlock Looper, is threatening millions of dollars worth of timber in Pacific and Wahkiakum counties in South-western Washington. Between 20,000 and 60,000 acres of timber are infected, primarily in the Naselle and Nemah River areas and on Long Island in Willapa Bay. Most of the timber infected is mature West Coast hemlock.

DDT insecticide heavily diluted in diesel oil may be used in an attempt to cut the infestation.

• Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Brown and their 4-day-old daughter Alisa Anne, face an uncertain future. Immigration Service ruled Mrs. Brown didn’t get American citizenship automatically by marrying Brown after she came to Centralia as an exchange teacher from England. Deadline for her return to England was extended when it was learned the baby was coming.

25 years ago, January 23, 1988

• After a half-dozen detectives spent all of Friday searching a handsome old home, sheriff’s investigators said they had no suspects last night in the murder of Eleanor Frances Shye and John Franklin Shye.

The longtime Copalis Crossing couple was found shot to death in the home Thursday evening.

• Three Aberdeen men were rescued “just in the nick of time” after spending about 20 minutes in the 46-degree Chehalis River Friday afternoon after their fishing vessel capsized.

Their small power boat somehow overturned as they were coming in from a day’s sturgeon fishing about a half mile off the shores of the Cosmopolis boat launch.

Pulled from the water by two Cosi volunteer firefighters were John Odegard, 27, Calvin Bowman, 24 and Mike VanBlaricom, 25.

All three suffered hypothermia and were released from St. Joseph Hospital after being warmed up, said Aberdeen Fire Captain and paramedic John Stead.

• Potential and opportunity. Those are the reasons Mike and Red Ralls say they decided to buy the Chevrolet-Toyota dealership in South Aberdeen.

Formerly Kelly Chevrolet, the “Red Ralls Chevrolet-Toyota” sign went up last week.

Asked why he chose to buy a business in an economically distressed area, Mike Ralls said the market area is large compared to other car dealerships that were for sale and the total number of employed people in the market area was large, “plus it’s a double dealership.”

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