75 years ago, May 13/14, 1938
• “Old Tiger” will roll again. The ancient pumper, once the pride of the Cosmopolis Fire Department and pioneer companion of Aberdeen’s Old Tiger, has stood for years in the cob-webbed gloom of an obscure hall.
Now laddies of the present-day Cosmopolis fire fighting force have trundled the dusty mechanical trouper into the light of day, polished its tarnished brass, painted its blistered body and wheels and late in August to the rumble of drums and fanfare of a celebrating city, “Old Tiger” will roll again as Aberdeen marks its Golden Jubilee.
Built in Waterford,N.Y. in 1882, “Old Tiger” sailed around the Horn in the hold of a sailing ship and after serving 10 years in Salem, Oregon, came to Cosmopolis.
At that time, water for quenching flames was drawn from deep wells, 12 feet square, which had been dug at alternate corners throughout the town. When a huge bell on city hall clanged, some 30 volunteers rushed to pull “Old Tiger” to the fire. Her draught hose was flung in the nearest well and stalwart laddies lined her 25-foot pumping handles to force thick streams of water from her laboring interior.
• Aberdeen’s community kitchen, operated for more than five weeks by the Salvation Army through private donations, will be closed after the evening meal Sunday night, the citizens’ committee which has been sponsoring it since early in April, announced today. Aberdeen’s was the only relief kitchen carried on in the state after abandonment last month of such kitchens by the state relief organization.
There is no more money to continue the operation, Mayor Herbert Horrocks said. Hope that the closing action could be deferred faded as the committee failed to find additional funds this week.
50 years ago, May 13/14, 1963
• An industrial development division set up to catalog and disseminate nationally the advantages of Grays Harbor, was established by Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners today. The agency was proposed in February by Port Commissioner John Yearout.
Henry Soike, presently local manager of O-N-C Motor Freight, has agreed to become manager of the division.
• Aberdeen Thursday night will become one of two cities in the world where concert-goers can hear “The Star Spangled Banner” as harmonized and orchestrated by the renowned contemporary composer, Igor Stravinsky.
The arrangement will be played by the Weatherwax High School Orchestra during the annual spring concert at Miller Auditorium.
The Spokane Symphony has used this controversial arrangement for all its concerts this season and at the suggestion of his son who plays in the Spokane orchestra, J.Gordon Edlund ordered the composition for his orchestra.
25 years ago, May 13/14, 1988
• Reggie Ward, a respected historian of coastal Indian peoples, is lending his Quileute heritage to a film company doing a commercial for Seaworld in San Diego.
Telling the Quileute killer whale legend that he learned from his grandfather, Ward will be the central figure in the commercial, which will be shown nationally.
He will sing in the ancient Quileute language, using a whale rattle, masks and a hand drum to tell the story.
Ward, who lives in Hoquiam, once described himself as “spiritual leader, teacher, lecturer and story teller.”
• The Elma Eagles prevailed in a low-scoring battle of long balls and took a 5-2 Black Hills League softball victory over Hoquiam Thursday.
Elma’s Renee Dobrenz got the decisive wallop, a three-run homer in the fifth inning. Catcher Lorna Tovia got the Lady Eagles’ other two RBI with a solo home run in the first inning and a bases-loaded walk in the third.
• The first steps of the second annual 24-hour Run Against Cancer were taken Friday evening at Stewart Field by those who have or have had cancer. Twenty-eight teams, 336 Harborites in all, are participating in the fundraising event that continues today until 6 p.m.
• The Croatian Independent Benevolent Society, a pillar of Aberdeen’s large Croatian community, celebrates its 75th anniversary Sunday. Out-of-town members and guests from other Croatian lodges have been invited to the celebration at the Nordic Inn.
The Zrinski-Frankopan Lodge — named for two Croatian patriots who were doublecrossed — was established in South Aberdeen on Aug. 17, 1913. The goal was to plant and preserve cultural roots from the old country and provide fellowship and assistance for the scores of Croatian immigrants arriving on Grays Harbor.
The two-story lodge hall in South Aberdeen was built in 1922 by Frank Franich at a cost of some $5,000. Today there are 91 senior members and 21 junior members.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.