World Gone By 6/15

75 years ago June 14, 1938

• Albert Fernandez, operator of motion picture theaters in Clallam Bay, Neah Bay and Quilcene, will open a new $10,000 theater in Pacific Beach before July 4, he said today.

Located in the Harding Building, the theater will seat 246 patrons and show first run films from the leading producing companies, he said.

June 15, 1938

• Alfred Aho of Aberdeen was at the controls of one of the huge multi-motored bombers of squadron VP-16 which passed over this city late Monday in a flight from San Diego to Seattle.

June 16, 1938

Two years ago, when they left America, Ted and Erling Stolesen, Hoquiam machinists, expected to live out their lives in Norway.

This week they returned to Grays Harbor, convinced, they said, that the United States is the best place in the world for permanent residence. Two years ago they thought opportunities were better in Scandinavian countries. Today they are glad to be back on Grays Harbor.

Employed for many years as machinists with the Lamb Machine company, the brothers moved to Norway two years ago, resolved to stay there.

Experts at their trade, they prospered in their Krstiansand, Norway machine shop but they found high taxes and the high coast of living slicing too much of their incomes. Also their wives could not accustom themselves to woman’s role in Norway’s social scheme.

50 years ago, June 14, 1963

Having utilized steam power to cut nearly five million squares of cedar shingles from 500 million board feet of local cedar logs since their first day of operation in April, 1920, the Saginaw Shingle Company is electrifying its plant in South Aberdeen.

The switchover to electricity will retire a venerable twin-piston steam engine which has delivered power to the mill’s many saws and log handling operations for 43 years. Saginaw officials estimate the engine to be about 110 years old. It was purchased secondhand and prior to 1920 had powered sawmills near Seattle. The original giant flywheel broke about 1927 and a replacement was made of spruce by millwright Charles Douglas using 16 kegs of nails and a barrel of glue.

June 15, 1963

There’s a little city outside Elma where the only activity going on is that of having fun.

It’s more of a town than a city, having a population of only about 600 — and if you don’t look quick it won’t be there at all.

Since Thursday afternoon, the Travel Trailer Club of American has been camping at the Grays Harbor County District Fairgrounds. Members are having the their annual rally, plus the time of their lives.

Twenty clubs are represented. More than 70 of the visitors toured the Simpson Timber company plywood and door plant at McCleary yesterday and later in the afternoon 60 folks were guided through the Elma Plywood mill east of town.

June 16, 1963

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, June 14, 1988

A Port of Seattle executive, Cliff Muller, was named today to succeed Henry Soike as executive director of the Port of Grays Harbor.

The appointment comes after a nationwide search that drew 50 applicants. Soike’s retirement is effective June 30. He will continue to serve the Port as a consultant on its project to deepen and widen the shipping channel.

June 15, 1988

• Tragedy seems to have stalked Brenda Carlstrom’s life since the mid-1970s. But she won’t quit. The wheelchair-bound 35-year-old is one of about 200 Grays Harbor College sophomores who will receive diplomas tonight at the Bishop Center. For Carlstrom, the associate of arts degree comes in the wake of a decade-long series of misfortunes. But it is from adversity that the vibrant Grays Harbor City woman credits her diligence.

“The worse it is, the greater the lesson,” Carlstrom said. “That’s life.” From a diving accident in 1974 that broke her neck to now facing an Internal Revenue Service eviction from her home, Carlstrom has persevered and continues to set goals for herself.

“I’m finally going to have that diploma and I’m really excited about that,” Carlstrom said. “I think knowledge, any knowledge, strengthens a person.”

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