World Gone By 2/12


75 years ago, February 11/12, 1938

• O.M. Orton, vice-president of the International Woodworkers of America, CIO affiliate, will discuss the CIO’s stand on current Grays Harbor labor unrest before the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce Tuesday noon.

He is expected to dispute arguments of Howard Bennett, AFL representative here, who this week told chamber members that CIO unions are “shot through with communism and dictated to by Soviet Russia.”

• Aberdeen High School rifle team scored a decisive victory over Lincoln High School Wednesday night on the armory rifle range. It was the first shoulder-to-shoulder match the Aberdeen riflemen ever participated in.

Bob Fay, Aberdeen, was high man of the match. He scored 99 prone, and 41 standing. The distance was 50 feet and .22 caliber rifles were used.

• In the “Echoes of the Past: 20 Years Ago Today” column — February 12, 1918: One hundred and sixty-four bodies of American troops lost when the Tuscania was torpedoed, drift ashore and are buried on the Scottish coast. Wesley Hyatt of Lebam is listed among the dead.

• Also in 1918, systematic sabotage is under way in many sections of Grays Harbor. Lumber mills are daily finding logs into which have been driven railway spikes and steel files.

50 years ago, February 11/12, 1963

• June continued in February on Grays Harbor today after a “hot spell” of 71 degrees yesterday. It was the warmest early-February day on record here.

The balmy weather of Sunday, reminiscent of a fine summer day, drew throngs to Grays Harbor beaches, surf bathers into the sea and uncounted numbers of steelhead fishermen to Grays Harbor streams.

• The Grays Harbor College Music Department has received a valuable donation of percussion equipment from Fred R. Maw, Aberdeen businessman.

The gift includes a three-octave marimba, a set of symphonic chimes, a three-octave set of symphonic song bells, two timpani or “kettle drums,” a concert band and orchestra bass drum.

Maw played for silent movies and performed in vaudeville at the Liberty and Arcade theaters in Hoquiam and at the Bijou and Grand theaters in Aberdeen.

• The Grays Harbor PUD commission yesterday granted a pay increase of 3.279 percent to union employees. Under the new contract the pay of linemen will be raised 12 cents an hour to $3.78.

25 years ago, February 11/12, 1988

• In a twist on a dog chasing a car, the animal control problem in Grays Harbor County is quickly outdistancing the volunteers at PAWS.

Volunteers Nancy Krussel and Val West appealed to the Aberdeen City Council for financial help Wednesday saying PAWS is overworked and nearly broke.

The five volunteers at PAWS provide a county-wide service, taking care of lost, abandoned and abused animals and tries to find them good homes, but without financial help, the 20-year-old organization may be forced to close before September.

• Teresa Boling, a dental hygienist for dentist Robert Parker of Central Park, spent a half hour with Washington Elementary School third graders recently, reviewing the structure of the tooth and showing them proper brushing and flossing techniques.

“Now this isn’t exactly like plaque,” she said as she spread shaving cream on some large pretend teeth then wiped it off, “but you can see that a lot of it stays in between the teeth even when you brush.”

February is Children’s Dental Health Month and Boling has made her presentation in 15 elementary schools in the county.

• A proposal to accept wooden ship maintenance projects at the Historical Seaport Shipyard in Aberdeen was enthusiastically endorsed by board members Thursday.

They say it could create permanent jobs while leaving the shipyard as a working museum and tourist attraction even after the tall ships Lady Washington and Columbia are completed.

“I think we should have a working shipyard as part of the historic scene we are creating,” said Fred Bruener, the CPA who serves as Seaport treasurer. “It seems to me what we’ve wanted to create is a bit of history — a historic slice of life. A shipyard at the time did not only build ships, it repaired them.”

• Raymond school officials were “skipping out of the Courthouse” Thursday afternoon after learning their levy passed by one vote, County Auditor Bob Johnson said.

Unofficial ballot counts a week ago indicated the maintenance and operation levy proposal had failed by one vote. However, two ballots, including one that had been questioned but turned out to be valid, landed the district a hairbreadth victory.

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