75 years ago, April 23/24, 1937
• Baby talk, excessive chattering and over-use of cosmetics take a beating as the boys have their innings in the Hi-News Hoquiam High School Girls’ League publication just off the mimeograph today. Don Evans classes “girls who paint up like a fire alarm” as his number one pet peeve. Les Mickelson, stellar basketball player, packs a wallop in four words, “I hate baby talk!” Dick Brown’s name for females who put on the high-hat act is “turnips.” He doesn’t like turnips. Don Hedman says girls talk and talk and don’t say anything. He prefers the silent type.
Stan Mickelson gets very scientific. Girls should be classified on the following points, he says — Vitality, sex appeal, neatness, distinction, style, beauty and sweetness.
• There are 71 woodworking plants and 31 logging companies operating on Grays Harbor at the present time, and these are augmented by the fishing, oyster raising, dairying and agriculture industries, John Adams, Aberdeen attorney, told members of the Aberdeen Kiwanis Club today.
• Miss Hester, English setter puppy of C.F. Murphy, Harbor Standard Oil manager, received national credit in The American Field, national sportsmen’s magazine for her performance in the Oregon Association Trials. According to the article, “Second place was awarded to Miss Hester, a beautiful setter, owned and handled by C.F. Murphy of Aberdeen, Wash. She showed plenty of class, was a wide ranger, a consistent worker, and handled her birds well for a derby.”
50 years ago, April 23/24, 1962
• The Seattle World’s Fair is stimulating, educational and entertaining and worthy of any effort a visitor may expend to get there. And it is going to take time to gain the most from this experience practically in our own backyard. The Aberdeen World writer learned from spending a day and a half at the Century 21 Press Preview that the surface can only be scratched in that length of time.
• Laughing and cheering, more than 1,000 youngsters swarmed across Samuel Benn Park yesterday afternoon in search of the 180 dozen gaily decorated Easter eggs hidden by members of the Aberdeen Active 20-30 Club. It took them less than 15 minutes to sweep the park clean.
• Tuberculin testing of approximately 3,000 first, sixth and 12th grade students in Grays Harbor County schools is in progress.
When the test is given a drop of germ-free liquid called “tuberculin” is injected just under the skin. Three days after the test is given the school nurse will check the area on the skin where the test was made. Only the size, shape and color determines the reaction.
25 years ago, April 23/24, 1987
• Springtime brings new hope for the rebirth of Washington’s wild Chinook salmon runs. Baby salmon have arrived at the new Long Live the Kings hatchery on the upper Wishkah River about 20 miles from Aberdeen. After months of waiting and hard work by volunteers, holding tanks at the hatchery are now brimming with nearly 50,000 tiny wild Chinook.
Grays Harbor salmon enthusiasts have worked the better part of a year making the Long Live the Kings project a reality. About $255,000 has been invested into the hatchery when in-kind contributions are factored in. The hatchery is located at the former Mayr Bros. fish ponds on the upper river.
Long Live the Kings estimates that the project, if expanded to three rivers on the Harbor, could generate between $350,000 and $1.4 million for the local economy. That’s if the project can increase the wild king salmon escapement on each river by between 2,400 and 9,600 fish.
• His friends can’t think of enough good things to say about this year’s Firefighter of the Year, Bill Knannlein of the Wishkah Valley. “You could give him the award every year and it wouldn’t be enough,” says Lowell Killen, Aberdeen’s fire chief.
“He’s probably the most professional fire chief I ever worked with or have been around and he’s a volunteer,” said Killen. “Spend a week with that guy and it would totally amaze you.”
Knannlein has been chief of the Wishkah department since the district was former in 1964. He maintains the 10 fire and rescue units owned by the department. He also maintains the three fire stations in the huge district (the includes the area from Fern Hill cemetery to the Upper Wishkah to the East Hoquiam). He teaches first aid to all Wishkah Valley School students over the age of 13. They receive six weeks of instruction, each year, learn CPR and get their first aid cards.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.