75 years ago
July 15, 1938
• William Donovan, 82, for many years a leading Grays Harbor lumber mill operator and logger, died late yesterday at his Broadway Hill home where he had been critically ill for several days. He was widely known in the lumber business of the Pacific Northwest since coming here in May 1910, from Eureka, Calif. after being in the lumber business there and in Michigan and Wisconsin.
Mr. Donovan began his career as a boy of 13 years when he went to work in a shingle mill and in the intervening years rose to a high position in the lumber business through personal experience and perseverance for which he was widely known.
• Four life guards Sunday will start patrolling Copalis Beach. Two watch towers, to be manned by the guards and equipped with life saving devices, are being built.
It is expected Westport, Grayland and Pacific Beach will also take advantage of the offer from the National Youth Administration to give Grays Harbor beaches a solid life-line of trained men and adequate life saving equipment for safety of bathers.
July 16, 1938
Luck changed for the big purse seiner Umpqua, but it was both good and bad. Here three days ago for a visit while prospecting coast waters for pilchards, the Umpqua reported not a single fish. Clearing Grays Harbor for another try, the Umpqua, not far off the entrance, laid out her seine and snared so many fish she could not get them aboard.
The purse was damaged and the catch was lost. Yesterday the craft ran into the same, or another school, and did the same thing again, only this time the seine was damaged so badly it had to be brought ashore for repairs.
50 years ago
July 15, 1963
Fourteen persons were rescued Saturday afternoon from a charter boat which sank up to her bow after ramming a deadhead six miles out from Westport.
Harry Wolgamott of Aberdeen, skipper of the Rogue, immediately put out a radio call for help and instructed his passengers to don their life jackets.
The Luray, operated by Capt. Cass Krowicki, took seven persons off the bow of the Rogue and picked up two passengers out of the water. The other passengers were picked up by the Sea Crest operated by Capt. Clyde (Bus) Brown.
July 16, 1963
Aberdeen will add a “first” to its 75th when five minesweepers sail into port August 1 to participate in the city’s Diamond Jubilee.
The visit will be the first to Aberdeen by U.S. Navy minesweepers, the only wooden-hulled warships in today’s fleet.
25 years ago
July 15, 1988
Zoe and Richard Sowa are riding high. Their mom promised them mopeds if she won the lottery. She won and then some.
Delores and Richard Sowa of Raymond were the sole winners of Wednesday’s $3 million jackpot.
“The first thing the kids said was, ‘Do we get to get Sprees?!’”
“I never dreamed I could do it. But I always said that if I ever won, I would buy them.”
When her husband went to Dick’s Food Center in downtown Raymond to buy cigarettes a few hours before the drawing Wednesday, he walked out with a Lotto ticket that hit the jackpot.
The reality of getting $120,000 a year for 20 years hasn’t quite sunk in yet. “We hope to go somewhere now. We like to camp,” Delores said.
July 16, 1988
• Authorities are investigating an apparent arson at Clevenger’s in downtown Aberdeen that caused “thousands of dollars” worth of damage Friday.
An employee, Juna Burke of Hoquiam, spotted flames in the second floor storage room shortly before 11:30 a.m. at the second-hand store, 122 W. Heron, after she smelled smoke and went upstairs to investigate, said Battalion Chief Bob Phillips.
• After almost 60 years away from the manufacturing end of the timber business, Port Blakely Tree Farms, one of the largest timberland owners in the state, has started a small pole and piling mill in McCleary.
Siler Pole and Piling is a subsidiary of Port Blakely, a Seattle-based company with holdings in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
The mill employs six people, producing 25- to 140-foot poles and pilings for the U.S. and export markets.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.