World Gone By 2/20


75 years ago, February 20, 1938

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago, February 20, 1963

• Aberdeen’s new post office will be if full operation when the windows open at 8:30 o’clock tomorrow morning, Postmaster Ben Meservey announced today.

The moving operation, Meservey said, was finished ahead of schedule when some extra equipment was brought in to aid in the job.

• Charles E. Hoonan, Crown Zellerbach Corporation’s Pacific Northwest public relations representative, has been appointed central regional newsprint sales manager, it was announced today. Hoonan joined the company in 1957 as regional public relations assistant. A graduate of the University of Washington, Hoonan served with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1950 to 1952. He was in newspaper and radio work in Aberdeen and he served as district manager of American Forest Products Industries in Portland prior to joining Crown Zellerbach.

• The surprise team of the Central League, the Seagulls of Raymond, drove to a second-place conference finish with a 68-58 win over the fighting St. Martin’s Rangers last night.

Senior Denny Thomas found his shooting eye first, bombing in five goals in the second period.

A good-sized appreciative Raymond crowd turned out for the final home game of the year.

25 years ago, February 20, 1988

• The Gold Rush topless theater in Hoquiam was threatened with closure by Hoquiam police Friday night.

Soft drinks were being served from a dispenser without the proper permits.

Hoquiam police went to the club prior to its opening Friday evening and told the owner, Eugene Sparks, to voluntarily close or he would be cited for failure to obtain the necessary permits.

The newly-opened club, that features 12 topless dancers, did not close however.

Sparks asked the police for a couple of hours leniency, then circumvented the health department ruling by switching to pop served from cans at $1.50 a shot.

According to Kevin Varness of the county health department, “Anyone serving food and/or beverages in the state is required to have a permit from the local health jurisdiction.”

“This is America, not Russia,” said Sparks as he nervously puffed on a cigarette in his club late Friday afternoon. “They’re harassing me.”

• The golden right arm of David Proctor did the Grizzlies in once again.

Proctor’s basket with :05 left on the clock lifted Aberdeen to a 58-57 basketball win over Hoquiam last night before a howling Sam Benn Gym crowd estimated at 1,513.

The Bobcat quarterback whose touchdown pass gave AHS a 7-0 football win over the Grizzlies last fall, Proctor fired a bullseye out of the deep left corner with time winding down and nailed the winning shot.

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