World Gone By 2/21

75 years ago, February 21, 1938

• Hundreds of dozens of crabs in the new cribs at the port dock may be destroyed unless shipped within the week, it appeared today. Large hauls were brought in last week but the demand in Puget Sound and Olympia points is far below normal.

Fishermen blame city retailers for the poor market for crabs, alleging their prices are too high.

• Elmer McVey, member of the striking crew of WPA workers on the Butte Creek tunnel job, stated today that the men walked off the job upon being reclassified in a lower WPA wage bracket last Thursday because the work yet to be done is still inside the tunnel and therefore miners’ work.

“We are still expected to lay 900 feet of pipe underground,” McVey said. “As long as we work underground we feel we are entitled to the $55 a month we were allowed under the previous construction.”

50 years ago, February 21, 1963

Unimpressed with the simple hike fad sweeping the country, three Grays Harbor College students plan to depart at midnight on a 50-mile jaunt dribbling a basketball all the way.

Vern Lindgren, Mike Amos and Don Bunch, all of Aberdeen, will dribble the ball from the college entrance to Point Chehalis and back. “We hope to cover the route in 15 hours,” said one of the young men.

25 years ago, February 21, 1988

• Steve Willis lives in two worlds. One is real. The other is in his head.

In the real world, Willis is in charge of cataloging at The Evergreen State College library outside Olympia.

The McCleary man is one of the “invisible librarians” — those faceless but efficient people who analyze books, decide what they are about and assign them numbers.

That’s his real job. He’s not complaining. He likes it. It’s a public service.

In his secret world, though, Willis can fly through the air or stand on his head on one of the great pyramids of Egypt. Actually he can do anything he wants. The possibilities are endless.

He is a cartoonist, whose work may become a regular feature in the East County News.

• Tears flowed without restraint Saturday in Cheney as the Hoquiam High Grizzlies and their coach Ron Baze reached the pinnacle every wrestler and coach shoots for at the start of the season.

The Hoquiam Grizzlies are the AA State Wrestling Tournament Champions.

“It’s the greatest thrill of a lifetime,” said Baze nearly overcome with emotion when he telephoned The Daily World office moments after unbeaten sophomore Chris Jensen defeated Jason Hess of Ferndale to claim the 101-pound crown.

“That clinched it,” said Baze. “Our whole staff and all the wrestlers are crying. We are all real happy. The whole school and community should be proud of these young men.”

Elma’s David Graham, also undefeated, stopped Victor Gurule of Centralia to claim the 115 pound title.

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