75 years ago, May 2, 1938
• Appreciation of America’s broken down appliances, worn-out rails and other forms of scrap steel and iron is spreading farther afield in the Orient. For a time Japan was almost the sole Asiatic buyer but now China is taking scrap in increasing amounts.
Last week the British steamer Addington Court stowed 3,500 tons of scrap for Hongkong. Most of it is to be worked up or remanufactured by the big British mills in Hongkong.
Harbor scrap dealers believe that little of the metal will find its way into munitions because of its low grade. It takes a high grade metal to make shells, guns and bombs.
• Reports were current here today that L.E. “Red” Johnson and Ernest Kozlowski had been “killed in action” while fighting with the Spanish loyalist forces but efforts to trace the source of the report failed this morning and friends in the woodworkers union expressed belief that the story was without foundation in fact.
• Walter Winchell, famous New York newspaperman, on his radio broadcast last night lauded Washington Elks and Aberdeen members in particular for their Americanization program. He referred to a letter received from Eddie Alexander of Aberdeen outlining the Americanization work of the local Elks Lodge.
50 years ago, May 2, 1963
• Chapin Collins couldn’t have dumbfounded members of the Montesano Chamber of Commerce more if he had stood on his head than he did when he told of the U.S. Geographic Board’s request that local citizens begin conforming to the “correct” spelling of the old Indian word “Wynoochee.”
Wynoochee is spelled with two Es on the end as should be obvious from the pronunciation, state the Geographic Board.
“Actually, the original Indian pronunciation, the correct pronunciation could not even be spelled,” Collins said. “Our spelling is at best a fake approximation of the way the Indians said the word. Sounded like a quick sneeze,” he said of the authentic pronunciation.
25 years ago, May 2, 1988
• The 43rd session of the Olympic Logging Conference is scheduled for Thursday and Friday at Victoria, B.C. with Harold Brunstad of Brunstad Logging Inc. of Montesano as chairman. The conference will focus on the future of the forest industry.
• Wind-whipped showers and muddy bogs weeded out most of the amateurs during Saturday’s high-tide shorebird watching at Hoquiam’s Bowerman Basin.
Perched at one of the best viewpoints of the basin, former Harborite Robert Bussabarger said he’s taken classes of Aberdeen High School students out to the basin while he was teaching science at AHS between 1960 and 1980.
“You can find every phylum right here,” he said. Now 53, he owns an organic blueberry farm near Olympia.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.