World Gone By 12/5


75 years ago, December 5, 1937

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago, December 5, 1962

• Radar for traffic use will be demonstrated tomorrow afternoon and evening at the old Broadway Pharmacy building, Broadway and Heron, through the cooperation of the Aberdeen Police Department and the Washington State Patrol.

At present, radar is not used in Aberdeen but Chief Kenneth Butler said this morning that it will be used in the near future. He commented that traffic is still traveling at excessive speed on the city’s one-way streets. He urges drivers to observe good driving habits and not to exceed the posted speed limit.

• Florence Bailey will be the featured artist at the Grays Harbor Art League Show this weekend at the Grays Harbor Community Center.

Miss Bailey, who has spent most of her life painting and drawing, specializes in outdoor scenes and bird pictures. When she hikes with the Olympians, she packs her sketch and camera equipment and when she returns she utilizes her color slides and detailed sketches, producing authentic-appearing birds in their natural settings.

25 years ago, December 5, 1987

• Would you rather bake a pie or read a good book?

The Friends of the Ocean Shores Library give civic-minded citizens a choice when they hold a “non pie sale.” Instead of baking the pie, they say, donate $5 to the library building fund.

That’s just one of many ways the Friends have collected some $40,000 — $14,000 in the past year — toward construction of a new library/community hall that would be build next to City Hall on Point Brown Avenue.

“It’s time for Ocean Shores to have a civic building of which it can be proud,” said Helen Dorsey, fundraising chairwoman for the Friends. The group formed more than 10 years ago and has 183 members.

• Sales are up phenomenally as the 20th business year nears an end at Timberland Opportunities, the employment and rehabilitation organization for developmentally disabled adults on Grays Harbor.

Director Debra Barger Smith reports 1987 sales of $194,000. That’s a 67 percent increase that she says reflects the successful expansion of several departments, a commitment to improve quality and ability to be competitive in the marketplace.

A $300,000 car detailing shop has been erected next door to the 20,000 square foot headquarters at 400 W. Curtis in South Aberdeen. At the wood shop workers make outdoor cedar furniture, pallets, stakes as well as indoor and outdoor plant stands. The janitorial service department has expanded too by winning more contracts. The compressed waxed wood “firestarters’ that many tourists find in their motel rooms are also made at Timberland.

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