World Gone By 2/7


75 years ago, February 7, 1938

• A WPA crew this morning started pouring cement for the two tennis courts behind Hoquiam City Hall, increasing hopes of tennis enthusiasts that they will be ready for spring competition.

When the new courts are completed, Hoquiam will be well equipped to handle all persons who wish to play. The other courts constructed last fall at Queets and 28th streets will compare with any in southwest Washington.

• The bearded lady, the Siamese twins, and the rest of the circus folks will be in attendance at the circus dance being sponsored by the Hoquiam Business and Professional Women’s club Saturday at the Emerson Hotel.

50 years ago, February 7, 1963

• If you happened to stroll down the hallways of Raymond High School this week, be prepared for a shock.

Take yesterday for instance. The boys all wore suits. The girls dressed in rags.

Today, the boys planned to wear wild clothes while the girls were relegated to dressing in little-girl outfits and toting around large stuffed animals.

But if outlandish dressing weren’t enough, the girls yesterday faced a prohibition that surely must be reckoned under mental cruelty.

They were forbidden to talk to the boys. But the boys could talk to them.

All this good-natured fun comes under the heading of Homecoming Week, a three-day event that got under way yesterday.

• Strange creatures have been invading the South Beach recently. Are they supermen? Visitors from distant shores? Neither. They’re para-kiters, a new breed of thrill seekers using a specially adapted parachute to soar high in the air behind a tow rope attached to a car.

For their first attempt Sunday, two brothers from Tacoma brought a 100-foot tow rope and got the chute about 50 feet in the air. Next they tried 340 feet of rope and were able to ascend up to 175 feet. Eventually they hope to use a 1,000 feet of rope and ascend to 500 feet.

25 years ago, February 7, 1988

• A new postmaster is taking over just in time to oversee roof and interior painting at Montesano’s historic Post Office this spring.

It’ll be more of a challenge for Larry Wakefield, 52, formerly superintendent of postal operations for Aberdeen, than one might suspect at first.

The Monte post office is on the national historic register and any work is governed by a long list of regulations.

• There aren’t very many who put in a full day’s work until they’re 80 years old. Until Jan. 29 Ruth Kelsey did.

Mrs. Kelsey, who doesn’t look a day over 70, retired after 33 years of working for Whitney’s Chevrolet-Oldsmobile.

Her husband, Forest, 82, owned the company until just a few years ago.

Whitney’s is an institution in Montesano, and the largest employer with 53 people.

The company did $10 million in business last year, “which is a lot of bucks for a small town,” Kelsey said proudly.

The company has sold 37,000 cars since it was founded in 1922.

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