75 years ago, February 18/19, 1938
• King Winter reigns again! The belated arrival of the typical winter snows in Pullman was greeted with great joy by the majority of Washington State’s 4,000 students, who had begun to fear their ski and skating equipment and appropriate clothing would have to remain in the proverbial moth-balls for another year.
Grays Harbor “Staters” who were among the first to take advantage of the one foot snowfall were Chuck Enderton, Alex Young, Don Fosburg and Harold Cady, who produced their skis and enjoyed a full weekend of sport on the college jumps and runs located behind Van Doren music hall right on campus.
Construction of large snow men on the front lawns of most of the sororities proved to be a fad, but after a big all-campus snowball fight, there were no snowmen left. Bemoaning the destruction of their snow men were Pi Phi Marge Crane, Kappa Delt Ragina Homchick and A.D. Pi prexy Florence Campbell.
• Experiments to ascertain the practicability of culture of tung oil trees in the Northwest were begun at a small nursery adjacent to the home of General Manager J.W. Lewis by the Willapa Harbor Lumber Mills this week. Mr. Lewis purchased 3,000 seedlings from the Great Southern Lumber company of Bogaloosa, La. on a trip south last summer.
Tung oil is the base of all high-grade paints and varnishes. It is imported in huge quantities from China, 134,829,996 pounds having been imported in 1936.
• Idle for more than four months, the Polson Mill company plant in Hoquiam (the former North Western) will steam up tomorrow and Monday preparatory to possible resumption of operations. George Pauze, general manager, who returned from California this week, said the firm is checking logs and figures and will start the plant if circumstances warrant. It was strongly hinted that the mill will start work Tuesday, becoming the first major plant to resume after the lengthy shutdown.
• Loading of the motorship Eli with scrap iron by use of two large electric magnets was under way today after local longshoremen withdrew objections pending some agreement on future scrap handling. Stevedores objected yesterday in that the magnets would replace 20 to 25 men in handling the metal.
50 years ago, February 18/19, 1963
• Many are called but few are chosen seems to be the watchword for the 50-mile-hike craze sweeping the nation and Grays Harbor. Only four of between 15 and 20 marchers from Grays Harbor College were able to finish a hike begun at 6 a.m., Saturday.
Mac Chapin of North River finished first among the college students, completing the 50-mile course in just over 11 hours. He was followed by Larry Prickett of Montesano, Patty Alexander of Hoquiam and Norman Mikesell of Eugene, Ore.
• Twenty-six second graders at McDermoth School have proved that science is learning and fun.
Under the direction of their teacher, Mrs. Marian Barnes, they have learned to identify pre-historic animals and pronounce their names — tyrannosaurus, allosaurus, brachiosaurus, ankylosaurus and the orintholestes.
25 years ago, February 18/19, 1988
• Arson was definitely the cause of the fire that roared through St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church early Monday morning, a deputy state fire marshal concurred Wednesday. The blaze is also one of 16 unsolved fired in the neighborhood since the fall of 1984, fire officials said. Nine of those fires have been on North E Street.
The tedious mop-up work at the church continues and crews on the scene are “wiping down every inch of the building,” said Jeri Trudell, church secretary.
• It’s likely going to cost more to die in Cosmopolis than it used to — that is if you plan to be buried in the city’s cemetery.
City councilmembers Herb Bloomingdale and Fritz Bramstedt proposed to increase the plot price for residents from $200 to $250 and set the plot price for former residents at $400. The grave opening and closing prices would increase from $240 to $300.
• Former Harborite Sue (Szuarc) Hirsch has achieved her CPA certificate and will receive a B.A. degree this spring from the University of Alaska.
Sue, the daughter of Pat Beckner and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thaanum of Montesano and Irene O’Connor of Lake Quinault, was ASB president at Elma High School.
• Else Korvell of Hoquiam, a petite lady who made a big impact on Grays Harbor during 26 years of extraordinary community service, died this morning at a Seattle hospital.
Mrs. Korvell, 72, was the first female council member in Hoquiam history. When she took office that night in 1967, one of the incumbents drolly inquired what she preferred to be called — councilperson or councilwoman. “Make it councilman,” she said. “This gender stuff is a waste of time.”
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.