World Gone By 5/4


75 years ago, May 4, 1937

• Growth of the Grays Harbor Poggie Club from a membership of only 13 on May 8, 1935 to nearly 1,000 at the present time was outlined by Harold Purdy, club president, in a talk today at the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting.

“The club is out to bring tourists here, to conserve resources and to propagate fish,” he said.

Purdy cited the Aberdeen Lake Fish Hatchery as one of the projects sponsored by the club with the aid of city officials and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

• Downtown streets of Aberdeen offered parking space to shoppers today for the first time in months when all-day parkers abandoned this practice under threat of police court action. Curbs which for months have been lined with machines as early at 8 o’clock in the morning were barren of cars at that time and police believed that before long the vexing parking problem will be solved.

50 years ago, May 4, 1962

• The imaginative men behind Ocean Shores Estates yesterday welcomed into the organization a 15-passenger, four-motored DeHaviland transport for regular charter flights between Seattle and the resort community.

Yesterday, the plane, with the words “Ocean Shores” emblazoned on its fuselage, made two flights from Boeing Field, its Seattle base, to Ocean Shores carrying press, radio and TV people — including some working for Century 21 Promotion.

The approximately 30 news media visitors had everything “on the house.” They ate in Ginny Simms’ Restaurant-by-the-Sea, listened to the JoAnn Jordan Quintet, stayed overnight in guest motel units and today were flown back to Seattle on the same plane which will go into operation for Ocean Shores next week.

• Because the expected influx of tourists into the Northwest this summer will increase the chances of contracting polio, Harborites are being urged to take advantage of the polio clinic tomorrow at the Community Center. First, second, third and booster shots will be available for $1 per shot.

25 years ago, May 4, 1987

• A congressional fact-finding delegation visited Hoquiam Sunday in the wake of months of debate over Bowerman Basin. Congressman Don Bonker, D-Vancouver, accompanied by Mike Lowry and John Miller of Seattle, said he will soon introduce legislation creating a National Wildlife Refuge. But he told Pt. New land-owners they had nothing to fear because his proposal will omit their property northwest of the basin. The congressman also said the plan “will not prejudice” the Grays Harbor Estuary Management Plan.

• Brian Schlegel was a three-time winner in Stevensen Saturday at the Columbia Gorge Invitational track and field event. Schlegel won the javelin in 171 feet, the long jump at 20-2 and teamed with Brian Saul, Ramon Dzubay and Mike Klinger to cop the 4x400 relay in 3:36.1

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