World Gone By 12/9


75 years ago, December 9, 1937

• Don Quixote and the windmill had nothing on a recent joust at Westport between a 600-pound bull sea lion and the government fog signal station.

After turning on the bellowing fog horn, Roy Jacobs, keeper of the light at the Westport station, first noticed the huge beast coming through the surf, which was comparatively high and almost up to the station seawall.

The sea lion rode in on a swell, grounded at the beach and then raised his head and tried to out-roar the fog horn. The animal did it several times, each time apparently becoming more angry. He flapped his flippers, sometimes out-bellowing the high-powered horn.

The strange tussle kept up for three hours until the fog cleared and Jacobs shut off the signal at 11 in the morning.

When the horn quieted, the sea lion almost exhausted looked up in a stupefied way and wallowed off into the sea. Apparently the animal took the signal blasts for the challenging roar of a super sea lion and was all set to do battle.

• A new $11,000 crab fishing boat is being built on the banks of the Hoquiam River near the E.K. Wood Lumber Company.

The boat, being built for Melvin Nelson, Tokeland crab fisherman, will be one of the largest of its kind in the crab fishing industry on the Pacific Coast.

The boat measures 45 feet in length and will carry a crab tank 12 feet in length, 13 feet in width and 4 1/2 feet deep.

Charles Wood, young Hoquiam boat builder, is supervising the construction of the craft, which was designed by R. Eastwold, veteran Hoquiam designer and carpenter.

50 years ago, December 9, 1962

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, December 9, 1987

• Another chunk of the bluff on Wishkah Boulevard slid last night in heavy rain, blocking part of the roadway.

Two slides Sunday held up traffic, the first one precipitating a close call for Robert Whiting, 29, of Montesano when the LeMay truck he was driving high-centered on a boulder, slid across the highway and into a guardrail. The latest slide dumped about 150 cubic yards of rain-sluiced earth on to the road, said Bob Salmon, general supervisor of operations and maintenance for the city.

• After being missing for a week, Boomer, the Scott Godfrey family’s Old English Sheepdog, was found, bloodied but alive in a steep ravine.

The seven-year-old family pet apparently became frightened and ran away during the electrical storm Dec. 1.

“I realize a dog is just a dog, but this one’s my kid,” Godfrey said.

Although the Aberdeen Fire Department has a strict policy about not rescuing animals, because of Boomer’s size and his position deep in the canyon, firefighters decided to use his rescue as a training exercise.

Using pulleys and cables strapped to a chicken-wire basket they were able to lift Boomer to safety.

“He’s alive, but suffering from severe hypothermia and has lots of abrasions,” said Veterinarian Stephen Uhler.

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