World Gone By 4/14

75 years ago, April 14, 1938

• Announcing his departure with a saucy call, Oswa the seagull left his friends at the West Bridge recently for his annual summer “cruise.” Whether he went north or south, none can be sure. But Oswa is gone just as he always leaves each spring. The pet seagull is expected home this fall. He left early so his chief trainer, A.F. Tetzlaff, expects him home on August 26.

• Publicity derived from Hoquiam’s rain derby is helping to attract people in the dry Midwest states to the Pacific Northwest, Glen B. Eastburn, secretary of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, said yesterday in a letter received by the chamber. Articles on the rain derby have appeared in the Kansas City Star and New York papers.

• Grays Harbor’s big log barge Nisqually, fast ashore on Clatsop spit at the mouth of the Columbia River for the past 19 days, was freed at high water last night by the tugs Iroquois and Tyee. Her remaining cargo of logs will be discharged at Astoria then the craft will be moved to Portland for repairs.

The barge went ashore during a high wind more than two weeks ago and up until last night had clung fast to the spit, resisting almost daily attempts to free her.

• Sears, Roebuck and Co., 116-118 W. Wishkah, is offering Easter specials — gayly dashing floral prints in riotous new colors for women, $3.98; new bonnets bring you a gayer spring for $1.98 and girls’ coats in gay colors for $5.95.

50 years ago, April 14, 1963

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, April 14, 1988

• With only one dissenting vote, delegates to the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union Convention have moved the ruggedly independent ILWU a giant step closer to joining the AFL-CIO. “We would be able to keep our autonomy, which is very important to this union,” Glen Ramiskey, president of ILWU Local 24 in Aberdeen said today. He is a delegate to the convention.

In another development of local interest, it appears that a former Harborite, Randy C. Vekich, will be nominated later this week as a candidate for international vice president of the union. Although Vekich remains a member of Local 24, he has been working as an ILWU coast committeeman in the San Francisco area since 1985.

• Felix Carlson’s grand slam home run gave Walt Cooper all the necessary support as Elma trounced Shelton, 9-1, in a Black Hills League baseball game Wednesday.

The Eagles, winners of three straight, are now 3-2 in league play.

Coach Bob Lambert was also pleased with the catching of Cecil Whipple and his team’s defense as a whole.

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