75 years ago, March 7, 1938
• Tom Olsen, manager of Aberdeen’s Warner Brothers theater and former newspaperman, gives a graphic description of his visit in Los Angeles during the recent flood disaster. Mr. Olsen returned to the Harbor last night.
“Imagine standing high on a hill and seeing houses, bridges and roads swept away. That was my experience. The Los Angeles River, normally a dry bed, swept everything before it.
“How did it happen? It rained hard for two days and the drainage facilities there can’t handle an abnormal rainfall like that. The soil, also, does not absorb moisture.
“It is estimated that 40 persons thought they had a good vantage point watching the boiling river underneath, but the bridge was swept away with no one saved.”
• The Capac went on berth at the Anderson & Middleton plant to load for the west coast of South America, while the Oakmar berthed at the Hulbert plant to work a lumber parcel for the Atlantic seaboard. The Josephine Lawrence berthed at the Polson Mill company plant and shifted today to the port terminal. The Nils Moller departed with 7,000 tons of pulp stowed at the Hoquiam pulp mill.
50 years ago, March 7, 1963
• The Columbus Day hurricane which wreaked devastation on public and private property also leveled considerable timber on lands lying within the sustained-yield area logged by the Simpson Logging Company.
For the past few months Simpson crews have been devoting a large portion of their time to harvesting the downed timber before it rots or creates a fire hazard.
About 200 Simpson employees work out of Camp Grisdale, a logging community 35 miles up Wynooche Valley from Montesano. The camp includes about 30 families which make Grisdale their permanent residence.
Besides the Simpson buildings, Grisdale has a recreation center and a school which teaches students through the eighth grade.
• Continuing the brisk activity in log exports from the Port of Willapa Harbor, the 546-foot Norwegian ship Bjorgheim has taken on 1.5 million board feet of logs at Raymond and is completing her cargo at the Port of Grays Harbor before sailing for Japan. Though not as long as the 576-foot Peter L. which loaded at Raymond in January, the Norwegian ship is reportedly deeper and taller and has a greater capacity than the Greek vessel.
25 years ago, March 7, 1988
• Pickets appeared at the Grays Harbor Veneer plant in Hoquiam’s Woodlawn area late last night after the 140-members union crew voted to strike Saturday.
Jim Coates, business agent for Local 3-2 of the International Woodworkers of America, confirmed that the workers authorized the strike by more than a 2 to 1 margin.
Negotiations have been under way for nine months, said plant manger Walt Schrader, who declined further comment on the strike this morning.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.