World Gone By 2/13


75 years ago, February 13, 1938

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago, February 13, 1963

• Leaping feet first into the national hiking craze, Grays Harbor College students will attempt to prove Saturday that they are as physically fit as members of the Marine Corps.

With “blastoff” set for 6 a.m. at the college entrance more than 20 students and faculty members will begin a 50-mile hike patterned on the executive order that President Theodore Roosevelt issued to the Marine Corps in 1908. Those who complete the orbit will follow state highway 13 to Westport and return to the college. Under the rules the heel-and-toers must complete the 50 miles in 20 hours, doubletime the last half mile and run the final 200 yards.

Faculty members who are signed up include Maxine L’Ecuyer and Richard Landberg.

• Moving a precious step closer to a district tournament berth, Elma’s small, young and threatening Eagles overpowered Tumwater, 62 to 47 for their ninth Central League win against 4 defeats. Elma’s junior Rick Slettedahl paced the Eagles with 16 points.

25 years ago, February 13, 1988

• Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. employees Lou Foster and Dennis “Swede” Pratt took a 12-hour walk Friday.

The twosome walked about 38 miles on Highway 105 from Raymond to Markham as a fundraiser for 4-year-old Jason Graham of Ocosta. The little boy suffers from multiple heart defects.

Jason is in Children’s Hospital in Seattle recovering from recent operations. The workers plan to deliver the $2,961 they raised, along with Valentine cards to Jason.

Nearly 80 Ocean Spray workers and Jason’s relatives stood in the mist and wind awaiting Pratt and Foster’s arrival at the end of their trek. Even Ocean Spray’s fire siren welcomed them.

“It was great,” said employee Earlene Hartsuch. “They were wet but they made it.”

• Darlene Raffleson has been chosen to receive the local woman of achievement honor by the Twin Harbor Business and Professional Women’s organization. Her activities include volunteering for the South Beach Ambulance, American Red Cross and Ocosta Fire Department. She is also a first-aid instructor, lay instructor for the Emergency Medical Technician program, a member of the Emergency Medical Services Council and 4-H Club leader.

• About 155,000 juvenile salmon were dumped into Port of Grays Harbor-owned net pens at Westport and Aberdeen this week as part of a Port program to improve fish population.

“The object is to get fish out in the ocean for sport and commercial fishermen,” said Stan Lattin, the Port’s director of planning and economic development.

The fish are about one year old and will be released into Grays Harbor as water temperatures become warmer, said Glen Thompson, the Port’s maintenance manager.

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