75 years ago, February 24, 1938
• A long planned expansion of his business will be climaxed tomorrow when Paul B. Kress opens his third malt shop. The new fountain and restaurant service is located at 110 W. Wishkah Street. He owns a second shop in Aberdeen and one in Hoquiam.
• Pacific County Commissioners this week set aside Lots 11, 12, 13 and 14 of block 14-A of the replat of Raymond and the first addition to Raymond as a county park and recreation center.
The tract adjoins the city library and extends eastward. The Raymond Community Betterment Club plans to provide a centrally located playfield incorporating ball diamond, croquet courts, tennis courts and other recreational facilities for young and old.
50 years ago, February 24, 1963
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25 years ago, February 24, 1988
• If you’re a photographer — amateur, professional or a couple of f-stops in between — you’re invited to a unique birthday party on Monday, March 21. It’s going to last all day.
With your help, we’re going to fan out to record “A Day in the Life of Aberdeen” on the city’s 100th birthday. This is not a contest. There will be no prizes or ribbons.
The final product of our efforts will be a special section of the newspaper on July 4, which is when the city’s centennial will be celebrated. The edition will be devoted entirely to the best photos depicting “A Day in the Life of Aberdeen” from the March 21 shoot.
• Some of the children are angry. Others are stunned. “But the most prevalent feeling is that they are sad.”
So says the Rev. Thomas Halbrook of the Sunday School students he has talked to lately at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. “It was their chapel, their place of singing in that little room,” said the Rev. Halbrook of the area destroyed when an early-morning arson fire raced through the building at 1st and G St. in Aberdeen Feb. 15.
The cost for cleaning and repair will run “well over $200,000” according to the fire department. Aberdeen firefighters used 73 manhours and a total of $2,500 just to extinguish to blaze. That doesn’t count the time and money spent investigating the arson, Chief Lowell Killen said.
• In assisting Hoquiam, the Bobcats also helped themselves.
Elma represented the unhappy third party of the Grays Harbor AA basketball triangle. The inside-outside combination of Dylan Trivison and Mark Nations accounted for 38 points as Aberdeen ended the Eagles’ season by surging in the second half to a 69-52 Black Hills League triumph Tuesday night.
The outcome had several consequences.
1. Aberdeen now has a definite crack at a district double-elimination berth.
2. Elma which would have been assured of some type of playoff activity with a victory, instead closed out its season.
3. The Eagles’ defeat gave the league’s fifth and final district berth to Hoquiam.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.