World Gone By 7/14

75 years ago, July 14, 1937

• The Jake Vohs family of West Boulevard have quintuplets at their home. The quints are baby swallows, too young to fly, that make their home in a nest in the Vohs woodshed. The mother and father birds built the nest close to the ceiling, using heavy light wires as two supporting sides about which they wove the nest and plastered it with mud.

The Vohs children, Lily and Jake, are enjoying the bird family, particularly since the mother and father swallows have become accustomed to humans and raise no objection to persons taking a look at the babies. They are proud parents, each vying with the other for bits of worms tossed to them by neighbors who have taken an interest in the young birds.

• Roy Percini of North Division Street in Aberdeen and Albert Boettcher of West Second Street this morning won places in the semi-finals of the Aberdeen World-Twin Harbor boys baseball pitching contest. The boys will compete with the winners of the other Aberdeen playfields for the district prize of a bicycle.

Percini topped the 18 entrants by pitching 25 strikes to nine batters. Boettcher hurled 21 strikes.

50 years ago, July 14, 1962

• The Quinault Tribal Business Committee yesterday signed an agreement which permits the State Highway Department to proceed with the construction of the Taholah-Queets Road.

A big hurdle was thus passed in the plan to eliminate the famed “missing link” and connect State Secondary Highway 9C which now ends at Taholah, to U.S. Highway 101 approximately 12 miles to the north at Queets, the north village of the Quinault Indian Reservation.

• Paul Youmans, son of Hoquiam’s mayor Rolland Youmans, won the class A event in Aberdeen’s fifth annual soap box derby and then went on to take the final event and the Grays Harbor championship. His car was sponsored by Omar’s Upholstery.

25 years ago, July 14, 1987

• Sheriff’s deputies harvested another 1,000 marijuana plants Monday while closing the third major East County grow operation in 30 days.

Three suspects — all men and all related — were arresting at the home in the 900 block of W. Satsop Road when deputies appeared with a search warrant. Their ages varied from 24 to mid-50s.

• It was a long, confusing Hoquiam council meeting with enough motions and votes to make the best parliamentarian feel like a birdbrain. But it led to this: City Attorney Omar Parker is now preparing a resolution outlining the conditions under which the city might sell its land bordering Bowerman Basin to the federal government for a wildlife refuge.

While the council did not vote on the resolution or the land sale, comments by some opponents indicate the tide may be turning.

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