75 years ago, January 3, 1938
• Fifteen persons were injured, four of them seriously shortly before 8 o’clock this morning when a big Elma school bus went out of control on the Delezene Road and turned over on its left side after crashing into the woods and hitting a stump. The accident occurred a short distance from the South Elma bridge on the main highway.
News of the accident was telephoned to Elma by two of the less injured boys who were able to smash out a window and crawl from the bus and run to a neighboring farmhouse.
• Added to Hoquiam’s newest small homes is the five-room, modern American bungalow built for Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Hansen at 239 Emerson Ave. Planned from Mr. Hansen’s original ideas, the house has been designed with corner windows, even the kitchen, to give the occupants greater vision. Other new notes of the house are recessed porches, especially constructed for Grays Harbor’s rainy weather.
50 years ago, January 3, 1963
• J.W. Mathis of Raymond edged out Eric Hagstrom of Ocean Park yesterday morning for the first 1963 license plate issued at the Pacific County Auditor’s office. Mathis purchased VAA 000 and Hagstrom VAA 001.
Both appeared more than an hour before the office was due to open, and they just happened to know each other. It seems that five years ago, when the last plates were issued, Hagstrom was first and Mathis second.
• Aberdeen Post 5, American Legion, launched its 1963 March of Dimes campaign at last night’s meeting with a premiere showing of a film made at the University of Washington Hospital with Actress Jane Wyatt as narrator.
A number of patients from Grays Harbor have been sent to the hospital through funds raised by the March of Dimes.
25 years ago, January 3, 1988
• Although common in the 1940s and ’50s when Mark Aarhaus started logging, a wooden spar tree is now an antique. There are few people left who know how to rig one.
But that’s exactly what Aarhaus is doing.
The spar he’s using is about 90 feet high. The tallest spar he ever topped and rigged was one in Pacific County that was 200 feet tall and 49 inches in diameter at the top.
A tall, robust man, Aarhaus bristles when asked his age. “You shouldn’t give a dame how old a man is,” he says. “What counts is how old he feels.”
• After keeping their library open for two years with volunteer librarians and donated books, McCleary residents got some good news when Timberland Regional Library said it would reopen a full-service library here in February.
The McCleary library was closed along with two others in Grays Harbor at the end of 1985 when Timberland’s budget was slashed by $630,000 because of losses in the timber tax.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.