75 years ago, February 1, 1938
• Eleven fur coats valued at approximately $1,000 were stolen last night from the Style Shop in the Elks building. Thieves gained entrance by boring holes through the rear door, reaching through and springing the lock.
• Forced to flee from the Sino-Japanese war zone, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Hanson and family, former Aberdeen residents, have moved from Hangchow to Hongkong according to word received by relatives here.
Mrs. Hanson is a former Emmanuel church member and has been in Chinese missionary work with her husband. She is the sister of Eric Adolphson and a sister-in-law of Dr. C.A. Solberg, Aberdeen.
50 years ago, February 1, 1963
• Definite progress has been made by a clearing crew for this summer’s construction of a $500,000-plus bridge across the lower Quinault River.
Right-of-way clearing is nearly complete from Highway 9C just south of Taholah to the Quinault River Bridge site.
During this wet season fires have been visible at night where cleaners have piled and ignited the cut and bladed growth.
• Seldom have Hoquiam and Aberdeen high school basketball teams been so dominated by underclassmen in the starting ranks. The Grizzlies play two sophomores, Rick Sturm and Ed Larson, regularly, while a junior, Stan Pinnick, is a starting guard. Then against Aberdeen, another first-year performer, Gene Thompson, moves into the lineup and pots 14 points.
The Bobcats also rely heavily on youngsters this winter. Bob Oar and Alan Aho are the only “old men” on the front line, while Jim Due, Don Yakovich, Paul Ross, Jeff Snell, Steve Penttila and John Vlastelica are all juniors.
25 years ago, February 1, 1988
• A pair of brothers (one from Bremerton and the other from Portland) suspected of manufacturing illegal drugs have been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury following an explosion and fire at the Lake Quinault Resort Motel, according to federal officials.
The fire, which broke out last Wednesday night, destroyed three units of the tiny motel and was caused by the explosion of chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Quinault Fire Chief Floyd Davis estimated damage at about $100,000.
• Mike Mail wants Joe DeLaCruz’s job. DeLaCruz says he might be willing to give it up — but not to Mike Mail.
At stake is chairmanship of the Quinault Indian Nation.
DeLaCruz, 50, has been chairman since 1972 and guided the tribe as it’s become a force in regional politics. He’s become an influential Indian leader nationally as well.
Mail, 39, used to be a DeLaCruz supporter, but says the tribe has stopped making progress under the chairman’s leadership.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.