World Gone By 1/26


75 years ago, January 26, 1938

• Starting with a bank balance of $21.58 January 1, 1937, the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce spent more than $9,750 during the year and had almost $350 left December 31, President William Appel’s annual summary revealed today.

The agriculture committee, headed by Lacy Peoples, listed nine important objectives reached. Among them were registration of cranberry pickers, obtaining a milk inspector for Grays Harbor County, continuance of county and home demonstration agents offices and aiding Grayland’s annual cranberry festival.

• Valley Vikings upset the Raymond Seagulls, 23 to 21, last night in a hard fought and exciting game that went to two overtime periods. Evavold and Huntsinger, Valley forwards, were the heroes of the contest. Evavold rang up 10 points to top the scorers and Huntsinger swished the net with the winning goal in the second overtime period.

50 years ago, January 26, 1963

Dr. Richard Kegel, Aberdeen radiologist, left by plane yesterday for New York where he will join a team of specialists bound for Algeria and a month’s service with MEDICO.

MEDICO was founded in 1958 as a non-profit agency by Dr. Peter Commanduras and the late Dr. Thomas Dooley to share the benefits of modern medicine with newly-developing nations.

Dr. Kegel had little time to prepare for his trip. He received a call three days ago informing him that a radiologist was urgently needed for the February term of service and asking him to volunteer. He did.

25 years ago, January 26, 1988

• Electric bills have become a crushing burden for some churches under a new Grays Harbor PUD rate schedule, says a group of pastors and their parishioners.

“The problem isn’t going to go away and neither are we,” said John Freer, from the First Presbyterian church in Hoquiam.

Their electric bill last month was $936. For the same period a year ago it was $367.

The increase is due to the PUD switching the churches to a rate schedule for businesses and commercial customers.

• The drive up window! That’s what the citizens of Cosmopolis are going to like best about their new city hall in the old Rainier bank building.

The city has put $1,000 down and will be buying the building and property for $85,000, Mayor Jerry Raines said.

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