75 years ago
July 17, 1938
Sunday, no newspaper published
July 18, 1938
Death today of dowager Queen Marie of Rumania was of more than passing interest to at least one Grays Harborite. Mrs. Zetta B. Averill not only knew the queen personally but had visited her palace at Sinaia, near Bucharest, scene of the queen’s passing this morning.
Mrs. Averill was at Sinaia in 1931 with a good will tour of the International Federation of Business and Professional Woman. She was remembered last Christmas by Queen Marie who sent her a splendid autographed picture.
50 years ago
July 17, 1963
Taking over one of the best locations in Aberdeen from a nation-wide chain store, Pay ’n Save Drugs is celebrating its fourth birthday here this month.
With more than 8,500 square feet of space at the corner of Broadway and Wishkah, the building is one of the most modern in town, including such features as air conditioning.
Besides its prescription department the store features a camera department, tobacco, cosmetics and baby items.
July 18, 1963
Suzanne Schafer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Schafer, 201 W. Eighth St. in Aberdeen, heads the list of readers in the Aberdeen Public Library’s Birthday Reading Club.
She has read 75 books since the club began June 8 — a real accomplishment because Suzanne is just 7 years old. She will be in the second grade at St. Mary’s School this fall.
25 years ago
July 17, 1988
Organizers of the McCleary Bear Festival have been known to guard their bear stew recipe for years before entrusting someone to carry on the tradition.
The secret ingredients — vaguely referred to by those in the know as being “in the spice pot” — have been passed on only a few times in the 30-year history of the community festival.
For the past 10 years at least, Ron Pittman has spearheaded the cooking of the stew — a two-day process.
The work begins Thursday evening when Pittman swabs out the kitchen at the park.
On Friday some 40 volunteers gather and for hours they slice and dice hundreds of pounds of celery, cabbage, carrots and potatoes.
Also on Friday, the “spice pot” is prepared, beginning at 8 a.m.
“There’s two ladies who do it,” Pittman said, but he doesn’t know what they do up there all day. “I don’t even ask,” he said.
Late Friday afternoon the first crew arrives to watch the caldrons of vegetables boil. At midnight another crew arrives and they keep the kettles going through the night.
The final crew arrives by 4 a.m. Saturday, together with Pittman. “That’s when we start mixing her up into the 40-gallon pots,” Pittman said.
The spice pot ingredients, browned meat and vegetables are all combined and then it’s a matter of waiting until the parade is over.
July 18, 1988
• Homestanding Hoquiam moved into the driver’s seat of the District 3 Babe Ruth 14 baseball tournament yesterday by drubbing Grays Harbor 10-5 in the winner’s bracket final.
Andy Kaiyala sailed to a complete game win and became the third Hoquiam pitcher to be named a game MVP.
Kaiyala just edged out Jim Mattler for the game plaque after considerable discussion in the pressbox.
Mattler socked two doubles, scored three runs and drove in the go-ahead markers in the big Hoquiam fifth.
• Brent Beard blasted two home runs as the Cooke Cablevision-KXRO Zephyrs of Aberdeen emphatically captured the Tri-County Senior Babe Ruth baseball championship with a 11-0, five-inning rout of Centralia Ford Sunday at Pioneer Park.
Beard not only drove in three runs with his third inning home run but interrupted the Little League tournament on as adjacent field as his mammoth shot cleared the left field fence on the Babe Ruth diamond and landed on the Little League field.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.