World Gone By 3/3


75 years ago, March 3, 1938

Rare beauty of a dual rainbow and a rare thunder storm had Grays Harbor acutely weather conscious late yesterday.

Caught under a huge storm cloud of almost inky blackness the Harbor blazed with dozens of tremendous lightning bolts and rocked with warlike thunder. Flashes of electric discharges spurted groundward, followed immediately by terrific claps of thunder.

As the cloud drifted over all Grays Harbor had a view of two rainbows and for a time three concentric ones arching from the northwest to the southeast.

Lightning struck in the kitchen of Mrs. Charles Mitchell, burned a poker-sized hole in the wall and melted a similar sized hole in the sink drain pipe.

Another bolt wrecked part of the Kemp garage and slightly burned Mr. Kemp who was working in the building at the time. A similar bolt streaked through the home of Mrs. Nellie Hildebrand, burning her slightly as she leaned against a bath tub.

50 years ago, March 3, 1963

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, March 3, 1988

• The 1988 Governor’s Invitational Art Exhibition opens Saturday at the State Capitol Museum in Olympia and Harbor artist Hazel Underwood is featured among the 45 state-wide contributors.

Underwood is a traditional basketmaker, born on a ranch near Shelton, on the Skokomish Indian reservation in 1908 and has lived in Taholah since 1922.

She gathers most of the raw basketry materials by hand and uses traditional designs and techniques, varying shapes to suit function.

• It’s been 50 years since the Union Gospel Mission opened in an old saloon on Heron Street — that area is now Zelasko Park. In 1942 the mission outgrew those quarters and moved to its present location at 405 E. Heron.

About 30 men now live at the mission, said Gary Rowell, mission director, noting that if they stay, “They have to work.”

Anyone who wants to spend more than one night must join a work recovery program. If they join they are provided a semi-private room and their basic needs are supplied along with $10 is subsistence pay.

• Grays Harbor District Court No. 1 is located in a handsome renovated home behind the county jail. But it is not home sweet home. The structure has poor air quality, inadequate security and no access for handicapped persons, among a long list of shortcomings, according to a building survey.

“Something needs to be done. Something has needed to be done for a long time,” said Judge Stephen Brown, whose cramped courtroom violates safety and health standards.

“We’re willing to sacrifice whatever we need to get a decent court facility,” Brown added.

Brown’s father, former District Court Judge L. Edward Brown, had been pushing for substantial courtroom improvements for many years before his retirement.

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