World Gone By 1/9

75 years ago, January 9, 1938

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago, January 9, 1963

• The Union Gospel Mission on Jan 24. will observe its silver anniversary, marking 25 years of serving thousands of needy people who have passed through its doors.

Rev. F.E. Christen, mission superintendent, in his annual report today noted that during 1962 a total of 7,559 meals were served and 902 beds issued. Clothing was issued to 500 men.

• An open house in honor of W.J. (Bill) Caldwell, who has served Grays Harbor County for 36 years, will be conducted Friday in the County Assessor’s office in the Courthouse.

Caldwell, assessor for 20 years, will be guest of honor at the open house from 2 to 5 p.m.

• Wednesday night TV shows include “Death Valley,” “The Virginian,” “Wagon Train,” “Dobie Gillis,” “Perry Como,” “Our Man Higgins,” “Dick Van Dyke” and “Naked City.”

25 years ago, January 9, 1988

• When Hoquiam police officer Steve Fretts isn’t working for the law, he’s working for himself behind the viewfinder of a camera.

For the past three years, he’s been operating Images Video, a growing, full-service video taping and editing company in Aberdeen.

He began freelancing at weddings, birthdays and other celebrations about five years ago. After awhile, “I was kind of told by the people who prepare my taxes that I better quit or go into business.”

Fretts, an officer for eight years in Hoquiam, discovered he liked being on the other side of a camera when the police department sent him to canine school in 1981. When he wasn’t training with his dog, he found himself taping the training sessions of other officers.

Soon after, he bought his own equipment and was taping anything and everything.

He recently was awarded a contract by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority to be its video historian during construction of the Lady Washington and Columbia tall ships.

• The tears will be like a soft Grays Harbor rain as Jim Braaten preaches his last sermon Sunday at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Aberdeen.

A modest man with a lively sense of humor, Braaten will look out an a packed sanctuary and be tempted to say something like, “And now you show up.”

He has left his mark not only on his church, but on the whole community over the past 10 years.

Braaten leaves the pulpit and the Harbor to become an administrator for The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the progeny of the recent union of the Lutheran Church in America and the American Lutheran Evangelical Church.

“I told someone I knew it was the Lord’s will that he goes,” said church secretary Bonnie Coon. “There are so many things pointing to it. But I’ve had a lump in my stomach for a month.”

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