World Gone By 2/10


75 years ago, February 10, 1938

• No dream of Little Nemo was ever more grandiose than the dream of building Ocosta-by-the-Sea, which a half century ago looked forward to the building of a great city on the southern shores of Grays Harbor. The dream ended yesterday when the final report of L.B. Donley, receiver for the erstwhile city, was filed in Superior Court and the dissolution of the town completed.

The town was started in the late 1880s as a proposed terminal for the Northern Pacific. Churches, lodge halls, schools and business houses were built and business hummed. Then came the crash in the ’90s and since then the town has been practically a thing of the past. However it kept its organization with A.S. Staples being mayor for many years.

In November 1932 the remaining citizens voted to disincorporate and the final paperwork was completed yesterday.

• A concerted drive to stimulate consumption of Harbor manufactured bakery goods and other products was launched at a banquet in Hotel Morck last night. Nearly 200 grocers and other Harbor merchants cheered loudly as grocers’ association heads pledged their aid in supporting Grays Harbor industry and a “Buy Grays Harbor” campaign.

50 years ago, February 10, 1963

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, February 10, 1988

• With a locksmith waiting in the wings, federal law enforcement officials Tuesday seized four Harbor-area properties linked to major marijuana growing operations last summer.

As it turned out, all four property seizures occurred without incident, said Neal Darrow, chief criminal deputy at the sheriff’s office.

The combined assessed value of the properties in $264,515 according to county records.

• Celeste Stokes, a 1973 Hoquiam High School graduate and an avid bicyclist will be participating in a 3,400-mile bike trek across the Unites States this summer, an event sponsored by the American Lung Association.

Stokes, now a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County, must raise $5,000 in pledges in order to participate in the program that hopes to reach a 2 million goal nationwide.

She has been allowed a two-month leave of her job to participate in the trek, that will require an average of 85 miles per day.

She is the daughter of Diane Stokes of Hoquiam. Her father, Gale, was the former Ocean Shores Police Chief until his death in 1985 from asbestos-caused lung cancer.

“This project means a lot to me and it would be wonderful to know I have the support of my hometown,” Stokes said.

• Elma Eagles got 28 points from Scott Peek and 21 from Scott Brown in route to a boisterous 73-61 Black Hills League victory over Aberdeen Tuesday.

“They really worked hard,” Elma’s Rick Mergenthaler said. “This is a better ball club now. It’s improving.”

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