World Gone By 12/6


75 years ago, December 6, 1937

• Plans are being formulated to build a new First Christian Church.

The projected structure will rise on a lot owned by the congregation at First and L streets. Last services were held in the old church between L and M on Third Street last Sunday. At that time, Rev. R.N. Olson recounted the church’s history and a colorful pageant recalled incidents from the 30 years the building has housed worshippers there.

• A capacity house last night applauded “Valean Kaupunkin Laulu,” a Finnish play in three acts written by Tatu Pekkarinen and directed by Felix Hyske when it was shown at the Finnish Brothers Randall Street hall.

Einar Liedes and Sue Jaskar, romantic leads, were applauded for their song, comedy and fine acting.

50 years ago, December 6, 1962

Now that the television networks have canceled six faltering programs in mid-season, it might be interesting to examine how they propose to plug the scheduling holes that result.

NBC will fill the two-hour gap left by “It’s a Man’ World” and “Saints and Sinners” by running middle-aged feature movies.

CBS is reviving a longer version of an established show, “Twilight Zone” to fill one gap and pushing the game show “Password” into a late evening spot that was occupied by “Loretta Young.”

ABC is shuffling some shows — two of them reruns — and handing a resulting open hour back to its local stations and affiliates to program.

25 years ago, December 6, 1987

• Lawrence Stevens seems to coax the spirit of a living bird into a block of wood and then set it free again with his pocket knife.

To look at one of Stevens’ carvings is to see a bird in flight.

Stevens, 83, lives alone in a small, unkempt trailer near Lost Lake. Wood chips usually cover the floor in front of a well-worn easy chair.

By the stove stands a bucket of water where he soaks small blocks of wood that have been selected for whittling. Rolling up a sleeve, he reaches to the bottom of the bucket to fish out a waterlogged block of wood and brings it back to his chair.

As far as he knows, he is the first to whittle birds like these out of a single piece of wood — a method he developed nearly 60 years ago.

The wings and tails of the birds are made using the same technique loggers used to use in making split-cedar fans. “They gave them to their girlfriends when they came to town on Saturday night,” he said.

• Valley’s defense bent — and bent — and this time it finally broke.

The Hunters Lions pounded out a six-minute, 11-play, 70-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter in Seattle Saturday to nip the previously unbeaten Vikings, 20-16 for the state B-11 football championship.

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