World Gone By 12/7

75 years ago, December 7, 1937

• Tom Bensussen, son of Washington Fish Market proprietor N.Y. Bensussen, recently returned from a seven month tour of Europe with his aunt, Mrs. Dave Rodrigue. He found Turkey to be modern and progressive with the people very healthy.

In May, he and his aunt found Paris almost deserted, as many flock to southern resorts. When they passed through again on their way home the city was thronged with people and very gay.

The journey from Paris to Aberdeen was made in seven and one-half days via the world famous Orient Express and the Queen Mary.

• Grays Harbor for years has cussed and discussed the heavy rainfall. Today the Hoquiam Chamber of Commerce announced the organization of its “rain pool,” no pun intended. Modeled after the Alaska Nenana River ice breakup pool, the Hoquiam derby will be based on the annual rainfall figure. Each pool entrant pays $1 for a chance to guess at the annual total. So far the plan has been to donate the “pot” to charity but it has also been suggested that the pool winner be privileged to retain a fraction of the winnings for his own.

50 years ago, December 7, 1962

• Omar Parker Jr., who only last night was termed by one of his coaches as “the best quarterback” Hoquiam has ever produced, was named as one of 96 high school student officers in the country who will attend the first U.S. Senate Youth Program.

• Up on the second floor of Willapa Valley High School, they have an uncomplicated new machine that one enthusiastic student says can teach three months of French in three days.

The machine is a RCA mobile language lab, a portable tape recorder unit with enough switches and hookups to give individual instruction to 10 students and class instruction to 10 more.

“The first day I used the machine all period and the class didn’t want to leave at the end. In fact they were late to their next class,” said teacher Olney Nevitt.

25 years ago, December 7, 1987

• Rain-sluiced earth from the bluff along Wishkah Boulevard at Aberdeen’s east city limits twice slid onto the roadway Sunday.

No one was injured in either slide, but Robert Whiting, 29, of Montesano, is counting his blessings that he didn’t get “tromped” by a boulder.

The big truck he was driving, high-centered on a boulder, slide across the state highway and into the guardrail. A few more inches and he would have been over the edge.

“I thought I was going over,” the driver for Aberdeen Sanitation said this morning. “I’m grateful for guardrails and seatbelts.”

The first slide took place about 4 a.m. and sent city and state workers rushing into the heavy downpour to clear the lanes and figure out how to prevent more accidents.

After a second slide at 3 p.m. the workers decided to stay all night to monitor any further shifting of the loose material.

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