World Gone By 2/23

75 years ago, February 23, 1938

• Waterfront space should be available to tie up at least 75 purse seiners, J.R. Lochhead, secretary of the Fishermen’s Produce and Deep Sea Fisheries company, said today.

Fifty to 60 boats will be on the Harbor this summer to supply pilchards to the floating plants Lansing, Manatawney, Surrier and Santa Inez.

City officials have considered construction of a fishing fleet base west of the Grays Harbor Lumber Company but as yet no action has been taken.

• The eyes of American medical science and the hopes of thousands suffering from heart trouble have turned toward Grays Harbor.

Since August this county has become the nation’s chief source of supply for foxglove leaves. These leaves scientifically dried and packed for shipment, speed eastward to become the base for digitalis folia, a heart stimulating drug much in demand.

Failure of Germany’s 1927 cultivated digitalis crop focused attention of drug manufacturers on Western Washington and Grays Harbor in particular.

50 years ago, February 23, 1963

A drinking party planned by 24 Thurston County juveniles was nipped in the bud at Westport yesterday as law enforcement officers surrounded the group on the beach near Twin Harbors State Park.

The youths, most of them from Olympia High School’s junior class, had barely begun drinking their supply of beer, vodka and whiskey when they found themselves surrounded by six county sheriff’s cars, two Washington State Patrol vehicles and the Westport Town Marshall’s car.

25 years ago, February 23, 1988

• A hearing on revoking the business license of a controversial topless dancing “theater” in Hoquiam is now set for next Monday.

At issue will be Eugene Starks’ business license, not his right to operate a topless club, said city attorney Omar Parker.

Sparks received a license to operate a “theater” when he told the council he would be hiring standup comics and have live entertainment.

• Ocean Shores became the last city to adopt the Grays Harbor Estuary Management Plan, but not before feathers flew over an endangered bird.

Dubbed “Big Red” because of its crimson cover, the 50-year estuary management plan has taken a dozen years to develop. It began in 1976, after Sen. Henry M. Jackson grew weary of settling squabbles between environmental agencies and local government every time a developer applied for a permit to build along the estuary.

• Ocosta stayed alive in the Southwest Washington District Class A girls’ basketball tournament Monday night.

Kelli Hollingsworth scored all 15 of her points in the second half to help the Lady Wildcats edge Rochester 47-42 at Toledo.

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