World Gone By 2/28

75 years ago, February 28, 1938

Reconstruction of the Olympic (Veldkamp) Bakery, 417 W. Wishkah, virtually destroyed in a spectacular fire late Saturday with a loss of $10,000 to $20,000, will be started this week, Arthur Veldkamp, manager, said today.

The fire apparently started around one of the large bakery ovens and was first discovered by Jesse Smith, plant watchman, who in his confusion called Veldkamp first and sought to extinguish the flames himself before the fire department was called.

Besides the bakery plant, upstairs apartments were a complete loss, while a barber shop between the bakery and the Rube & Stead cafe was a complete loss and the cafe roof was damaged.

50 years ago, February 28, 1963

• Omar Parker Jr. will relate his recent Washington, D.C. experience as principal speaker at tomorrow night’s annual meeting of the Hoquiam YMCA.

He was one of two high school students selected from this state to participate in the U.S. Youth Senate Program, which enabled him to visit the national capitol.

• Aberdeen Police Chief Kenneth Butler issued a request today that the public refrain from dumping garbage and refuse in ditches, vacant lots, streets and other areas where it is improper to do so. Dumping has been especially heavy on Taft Road, West Huntley Street, Filmore Road and Decatur Street. Not only is the garbage unsightly, said Butler, but it is also a breeding place for disease-carrying insects and rodents.

25 years ago, February 28, 1988

• It’s gone now.

The former Bigelow Chevrolet dealership building on Market Street in Aberdeen was first constructed as a “temporary” structure during the First World War to house supplies and equipment. According to Jack Bigelow, now of Seattle, it become a car dealership when the Army sold it. Jack’s father Lee started there as a salesman, then became the manager and took it over during the Great Depression when the owner went broke.

• Dan Daly, the man who started it all in wrestling for Hoquiam High, will return to his alma mater Monday night to help honor the state AA championship Grizzlies.

Hoquiam captured the state title last weekend as Chris Jensen won the 101 title, while Mike Cummings (158) and John Pasckvale (190) placed second. Roy Whisenhunt (141) and David Nguyen (108) were fourth and Josh Earley (115) was fifth.

Daly became the first state placer in wrestling for the Grizzlies in coach Ron Baze’s first year, 1970. Only an overtime judge’s criteria decision prevented Daly from a possible state crown.

Daly was also captain of the football and track teams and in 1970, his senior year, he won the Elmer Huhta Award as the top male athlete/scholar at Hoquiam High.

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