75 years ago, January 7/8, 1938
• Roundup of all cars without new license plates was started on Grays Harbor this morning by the state patrol. One patrolman in the first hour tagged 12 machines while many more were being given 24 hours in which to obtain license plates. So far today no cars have been impounded though patrol men said they gave orders to do so in instances where car owners show no inclination to obtain licenses.
• Being in speaking distance of Dick Powell would be a thrill of a lifetime for most girls, and even romantic minded women but to Pauline Byrns, former Hoquiam girl, it’s all in a day’s job.
Miss Byrns appears on the Lucky Strike radio program each Wednesday with the famous singing movie star. Before accepting the radio contract Miss Byrns was soloist with Nick Stuart’s orchestra.
• In the “Echoes of the Past: 20 Years Ago Today” column — January 8, 1918: Captain H.A. Comeau, Lieut. James Sexton and Sergeant Ansel Poundstone, members of Company G, write that the company has arrived safely in France. The outfit is composed almost entirely of Grays Harbor men.
50 years ago, January 7/8, 1963
• Foot-weary Marines, following their 26-mile march from Elma through Hoquiam Saturday counted their blisters and $457.77 collected for the March of Dimes. Sgt. Leo Driscoll reported that while the fellows were pretty weary before the end of the march was reached, spirits never lagged. “I guess,” he said, “their enthusiasm for the cause helped them overcome their physical tiredness.”
• After taking their knocks in pre-league action, the Willapa Valley Vikings suddenly zoomed to the top of the Pacific League Saturday night, dropping Cathlamet on their home court, 67-62.
Bill Latimer again sparked the Vikings to victory, dropping through 23 points. His rangy side-kick Gary Benson, added 15 and steady Bob Kain got 13.
• Guidance and practice in caring for their own needs are incorporated in the new approaches to teaching health and safety to Aberdeen kindergarten children.
Part of the training includes having the children put on their own boots, coats, hats, etc.
Children are instructed to know and follow the safest route to and from school; to decline rides with strangers, cross at corners and avoid strange animals.
• Climaxing half a century with Masonry, Abdo A. Bitar received his 50-year pin in a special ceremony during a Past Master’s night at Aberdeen Lodge No. 52 with nearly a hundred members in attendance.
“Becoming a Mason was for Abdo the realization of a life-long dream which had its origin in his birthplace,” Lawrence Keller said. “He had heard so much about the Order — which has it origin in his homeland — it became his dearest wish, his fondest hope, his greatest desire. He was determined to be a member at the very first opportunity.”
25 years ago, January 7/8 , 1988
• Suzy Mallery, president of Man Watchers of America, released this year’s list of “Ten Most Watchable Men.” They include LA Law’s Harry Hamlin, National Hockey League player Luc Robitaille, musician Henry Mancini, John F. Kennedy Jr., actor Pat Morita, industrialist Peter Nyguard, NFL player John Elway, actor Carl Weathers, actor George Hamilton and TV news anchor Peter Jennings.
• Edward Zambara, 61, who grew up in Raymond, has become one of America’s foremost opera voice teachers.
The son of Mary Zambara of Raymond and the late Harry Zambara began a new job on the New England Conservatory voice faculty in Boston last fall and was recently featured in an article in the Boston Sunday Globe.
• Renovation of Hoquiam’s municipal swimming pool is moving along … er … swimmingly.
“The roof has been completed, and we’re wrapping up demolition of the interior,” said Jim Ballew, Hoquiam’s park director.
Depending on how bids for interior work come in, Ballew hopes the pool will be ready to reopen by April. It has been closed since October.
• The historic, homey, picturesque Lake Quinault Lodge was sold late last night to a national resort management company.
Larry and Marge Lesley of Seattle, who have owned the 61-year-old landmark for nearly 15 years are selling the lodge to ARA Leisure Services.
The lodge was constructed over the summer in three months, in 1926. Bonfires lit the work site as the cedar-shingled 55-room lodge was constructed in an attempt to beat the rainy season.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.