World Gone By 2/26


75 years ago, February 25/26, 1938

• Idle loading gear on the Matson steamer Mana today threatened a tieup of all Harbor shipping activities as longshoremen and stevedore operators entered a controversy over mooring the ship.

The Mana arrived early this morning to load 400,000 feet of lumber for the Hawaiian Islands. A stevedore company foreman handled the mooring lines. Fifty-six men were called to load the vessel. They refused to work because the longshore union claimed jurisdiction in handling the lines.

The ship was still idle this afternoon.

• A 350-acre tract of field and forest near Montesano may become the focal point of nudist activity in the Pacific Northwest.

Determination to start a nudist colony have grown from weekly gatherings of Harbor subscribers to the cult of nudism at an upper Wishkah Valley ranch. For several years, a spokesman said, a half-dozen people have met unclothed on sunny weekends.

• A mild epidemic of smallpox has developed in Aberdeen. About a half-dozen cases have been reported. City health officer B.O. Swinehart is urging families to get the smallpox vaccination. “It is not a painful procedure,” Swinehart said. “Children are rarely ill after the procedure and adults usually feel no worse than with an ordinary cold.”

• Marking up their ninth consecutive league victory the Hoquiam Grizzlies defeated the Aberdeen Bobcats, 35 to 23 last night.

The game was played before a capacity crowd and was marked by ambitious foul calling by the officials, Lees and Kennedy. Forty-three personal and one technical fouls were scored.

50 years ago, February 25/26, 1963

• Combine the familiar vocal sounds of the Kingston Trio, the Limelighters and the Brothers Four and you might get a sound like that being created these days by a Grays Harbor College trio, the Sinnermen.

It’s what Vic Sosnowsky, Ed Kazinsky and Marc McCorkle had in mind last fall when they formed the folk-singing trio. They practice two hours a day with GHC music director Craig Wellington.

• Sale of the Emerson Hotel in Hoquiam to William and Helen Ellard of Port Townsend was announced today. The price was $265,000.

One of the new hotel features will be the prompt institution of live entertainment, Ellard said. Jeni LeGon and her “Caribbean Nights Revue” will open March 1.

25 years ago, February 25/26, 1988

• Buck Douglas became concerned when he saw a Westport city employee hauling gravel with city-owned equipment on a Sunday afternoon for what appeared to be a personal task.

Douglas took his concern to city hall, and the city council has now adopted a policy prohibiting employees from using city equipment for personal use without paying a fee.

“It has been a long-standing practice for city employees to use city equipment for personal tasks. Unfortunately, this practice cannot continue,” according to the policy written Wednesday by the city’s public works director, Randy Jones.

• T. Wheedle, KOMO TV’s “For Kids’ Sake” mascot, will appear at a Kids Fair Saturday at the SouthShore Mall.

Wheedle, a big, furry fellow, first gained fame through “The Wheedle on the Needle,” book by Stephen Cosgrove. His popularity soon expanded to the sports scene when he became the mascot for the Seattle Sounders in 1974 and the Seattle Supersonics the next year. The Sonics assigned him number 0 with an extra-extra large jersey.

• Popcorn, sweat, laughter, cheers, tears and a victory.

Just the sort of thing Larry Gayda loved.

The Cosmopolis teacher, who retired in 1982 after 2 years of coaching basketball and football, even some golf and track, died in July.

The man “who made math make sense” and was able to “get the best out of kids” was honored last night during the annual basketball game between the Cosi school kids and members of the Lions Club. The school gymnasium was dedicated to Gayda’s memory.

• With a methodical 44-34 victory over Tumwater, Aberdeen’s girls wrapped up a co-championship of the Black Hills League last night in Tumwater.

“We had 19 happy players, one happy manager and three proud coaches on the bus ride home,” AHS coach Tom Dickson reported this morning.

No player on either team scored in double digits. The Cats balanced pointmaking showed Julie Cowan with 9, Tricia Larson and Rachael Kilgore with 8 each and Heather Vogler with 7.

• The main rail line into Aberdeen was repaired and derailed freight cars were back on the rails near Junction City this morning.

The Harbor has been without freight train service for two days when eight railroad cars left the track.

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