World Gone By 4/26


75 years ago, April 26, 1937

• Five families will have 11 members in the graduating class of Hoquiam High School this June, school authorities disclosed today. And there is only one pair of twins in the group.

The twins are Rainer and Walter Heikel. The Clark family has three brothers, Joseph, Robert and Ronald, all of different ages who will receive their diplomas in June. Clifford and Gus Sundquist are not twins but they look more like twins than the Heikel brothers. Two pairs of sisters, Dorothy and Virginia Moxley and Elsie and Ellen Peterson will finish high school together.

• Grays Harbor children and all children in the state will be able to attend theaters after this week for 10 cents instead of 11. The state tax on 10-cent theater admissions is repealed effective May 1, the legislature having acted in response to widespread demand.

Not only theater admissions for children are affected but also 10-cent baseball tickets.

50 years ago, April 26, 1962

No doubt about it — the “House of Living Light” on the grounds of the World’s Fair is pretty far out. Being a Harborite, we made a special effort to see the house because it was built specifically to demonstrate the future possibilities of plywood products.

The house consists of a series of interlocking ovals and circles and the interior is lighted by the six conical skylights which follow the sun.

Exterior of the house is Plysaw. Some 3,000 square feet of Welchboard — pioneered by our own West Coast Plywood Co. — is used for the wearing surface of the deck.

Other novel features of the house include an intercom system built into the walls through which music is circulated as well as a garage door gadget, controlled from the owner’s car which automatically unlocks and opens the garage door, turns on the garage light and then closes and locks the door.

25 years ago, April 26, 1987

• Mountains cannot be moved in a day, but some people with patience and persistence can work wonders. Spadeful by spadeful, they keep moving ahead, especially if it’s for a good cause. It’s their nature not to seek publicity. They just quietly learn of the next job that needs to be done and set about it with contentment and commitment, expecting no recompense.

Lynn Daneker of Aberdeen, The Daily World’s 1987 Citizen of the Year, is that kind of person. It’s nothing new, either. As an energetic 71, the former union leader has been helping people all his life.

• Behind every great car builder is a good woman and Harold Clevenger is no different. “I’ve had engines in my oven and car parts spread all over my house,” said Kathy Clevenger. They have been married for 39 years and for most of those years Harold has had some kind of race car in some phase of construction or repair in the garage.

He has just finished building the new sunshine yellow modified super sprint car — the third modified sprint he has built from the ground up.

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