75 years ago, January 4, 1938
• Six of the most seriously injured of 15 persons hurt in the Elma school bus that went out of control on the Delezene Road yesterday and crashed into the woods were left in Conway Hospital today. One was removed to Hoquiam General Hospital. Others, suffering from cuts, bruises and shock were treated and taken home.
“We believe the left front spring was broken when the bus hit a bump in the road,” said Paul Davis, superintendent of Elma schools. “Garage men tell me this would pull the bus to the right.”
• America’s fir plywood center, long boasted by Tacoma, apparently has shifted about 80 miles southwest. The Harbor has mills with an annual capacity of 280 million square feet against 196 million square feet for Tacoma. This is not the actual output, but is the rated capacity of the mills.
• Married women school teachers and welfare workers in Grays Harbor County will not lose their jobs through an executive order Governor Martin made effective Jan. 1 under which married women working for the state have been released.
50 years ago, January 4, 1963
Richard A. Cowles, Navy barber aboard the attack transport USS Bexar, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cowles of Westport, over the holidays. His ship returned to port a week before Christmas after cruising the Caribbean with 1,700 Marines during the Cuban crisis.
25 years ago, January 4, 1988
• Sometimes families and friends can grow closer through their pain.
For the family of Melanie Santiago, the pretty teen-ager who was murdered six weeks ago in Aberdeen, their faith has been the salve that heals the awful hurt.
“She’s no longer here physically,” said Melanie’s sister, CeeCee, “but in our hearts she’s very much alive and we’ve received reassurances that she’s in heaven.”
Otherwise, she said, neither she nor her parents, Truman and Delores Santiago, would be able to cope.
Aberdeen police “handled it real well,” said Truman, a soft-spoken, slender man who was once All-Around Logger at the Hoquiam Loggers Playday. He is now a heavy equipment operator, having had hip surgery.
Mr. and Mrs. Santiago say they feel no hatred or vengeance for whoever killed their daughter. “God has taken the vengeance and given us peace,” said Mrs. Santiago, a Quinault Indian.
• Brad Taylor, former Wishkah all-stater who led the Loggers to the state B-8 football championship in 1984, has accepted a full ride scholarship to Montana State University, Rich McDougall, his high school coach at Wishkah, said today.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.