World Gone By 2/3


75 years ago, February 3, 1938

• The Aberdeen City Council meeting last night was plunged into an uproar by an armful of faded window blinds.

Starting in a prior meeting as a jest, the window shades last night brought down a barrage of oratory and heated accusations. Charges and counter charges were still being hurled when Mayor Herbert Horrocks loudly gaveled the council into adjournment.

A week ago the city clerk, treasurer and engineer’s offices were given new blinds. The council that night passed a resolution recommending the displaced shades be hung in the council chamber. During the week the blinds disappeared into various city hall lockers, some coming into possession of the police department. None were placed in the council room.

Last night a councilman asked, “Well, where are the blinds?” Aroused members of the building committee hastened to a locker, grabbed up an armload and dumped them in the council circle.

“There are your blinds.”

The council then passed another resolution to have them placed in the chambers.

• Razing of the old New York Hotel at L and Eighth Streets in Hoquiam will begin tomorrow morning, Joe Koski announced today. Twenty-five years ago the New York Hotel was the social center of the community and today stands vacant except for a small cigar store operated by Chris and Louis Pappas.

50 years ago, February 3, 1963

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, February 3, 1988

• The Bishop Foundation has granted the Centennial Murals Committee $2,500 to complete the children’s mural project at Morrison Riverfront Park in Aberdeen.

More than 3,000 Aberdeen school children already are conducting classroom research on the time period that has been assigned to them.

Ultimately, each school’s composite portrayal of an Aberdeen era will be painted on plywood by the children and mounted on the bulkhead at Morrison Park this spring.

• Scott Peek, Elma’s 6-11 center and 6-9 forward Scott Brown combined for 38 points to lead the Eagles over Hoquiam, 53-45 in a Black Hills League boys contest last night at Hoquiam Square Garden. Even more important than their offensive production, though, was the effect of Peek and Brown on defense. Their intimidating presence kept the Grizzlies away from the inside far more than usual and probably had an impact on even their outside shooting.

• Montesano rode a rugged defense and accurate foul shooting to a 54-44 victory over cold-shooting Rochester in a West Cowlitz League basketball game last night.

“We put our emphasis on our defensive effort and we were really pleased with that,” said Monte coach Bo Griffith. “That was probably the best defensive effort we’ve had all year.”

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