World Gone By 2/2


75 years ago, February 2, 1938

• Exhibited at Boston University’s school of theology was an automobile device that: Flashes a white light on the dashboard when a car is going 15 miles an hour; flashes green at 25 miles an hour; red at 40 miles an hour and plays “Nearer My God to Thee” on a music box at 60 mph.

• Now appearing at Harbor theaters: Sophie Tucker in “Gay Love”; “The Great Garrick” at the New Hoquiam; “Mama Runs Wild” at the Warner Bros.; “Top of the Town” at the Harbor Theater and “Hell Divers” at the Monte Theater.

50 years ago, February 2, 1963

Refusing to be awed by a second-ranked Montesano team which has smashed opponents with deadly regularity all season, Raymond’s dauntless Seagulls handed the Bulldogs their initial Central League setback of the season last night, 54-47 before a packed house in Montesano.

Aldo Anderson’s Bulldog cagers maintain their league lead with a 9-1 record, while Raymond advances a game closer to the leaders with an ominous 8-2 slate.

25 years ago, February 2, 1988

• The highest bidder will be sold the first and last planks to the Lady Washington tall ship. They have been put up for bid as a fundraiser. The remaining 198 planks also are for sale for $500 each.

Bids for the first and last planks, called the “sheer strike” and “whiskey plank” will be accepted until 5 p.m., March 10.

Traditionally, a whiskey plank party is scheduled to celebrate the strenuous pounding in of the last plank. The Seaport Authority is expecting that to be at the Discovery Day celebration, May 7.

• Mistee Svinth, a sixth-grader at Pacific Beach Elementary School, recently wrote the winning essay in the VFW Essay Program. She is the daughter of Mila Svinth.

The topic was “What the Constitution Means to Me,” and Mistee wrote in part, “We have the right to vote and elect the people we want to represent our nation. That in itself is a right all countries would love to have. We have the right to an education, which gives us opportunities to choose a suitable and profitable career.”

• League-leading Valley won an 86-52 “track meet” with Quinault. The Lady Vikings’ victory was highlighted by an individual shootout between Valley’s Kelli Wildhaber and the Lady Elks’ Bonnie Owens.

Wildhaber won the scoring duel, 44-40, breaking the school girls’ single-game scoring record previously 37 by Jodi Betrozoff.

• A stifling Aberdeen defense limited Chehalis to four fourth-quarter points as the Cat Ladies rallied for a 45-39 Black Hills League victory last night.

“The biggest spread all night was four points, until the final couple of minutes,” Aberdeen coach Tom Dickson reported.

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