75 years ago, July 26, 1937
• Nineteen two was an ungodly year. It sent more Grays Harbor teamsters hell-bound than any twelve-month before or after. There was enough cussing, profanity, ire, fury, wrath and downright rage to shame a thousand bullwhackers. And all because Harborites were tired of the dobbin-whacking miles between Aberdeen and Hoquiam.
That was the year the late Charles Kuhn and Vern Smith introduced their steam omnibus, a snorting, puffing vehicle that made the Pacific Avenue planking roar like a long, drawn-out peal of thunder.
It was a White steamer, stoked with wood and capable of carrying 18 hard hats and full-blooming handlebar mustaches. A half hour before leaving time the driver started stoking the boiler. When the popvalve sizzled he collected a handful of quarters and started on his much-cussed trip to Hoquiam’s twin city.
50 years ago, July 26, 1962
• The Lake Quinault Lodge, in addition to its scenic setting and tourist accommodations, now boasts the finest collection of Northwest Indian artifacts on the peninsula.
The lodge’s proprietors, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Morgan, set up the museum about a year ago. It now contains over 800 objects.
Exhibits, include everything from trading beads of which the Morgans have a large collection, to a 27-foot Indian racing canoe which is used on Lake Quinault every July 4.
A number of paintings by Vivian Smith, wife of a Quinault forest service ranger are hung in the museum. Also on display are works by Hazel Pete of Oakville. The most impressive is in the lodge’s dining room — a blanket mural with a cattail fringe and includes 10 faces of the Fog Women.
• Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy will fish out of Westport Aug. 8, Mayor Walt Failor, Aberdeen, said today. Failor is in charge of plans for the trip. The group will stay at the Rainbird section of Glenacres at Westport. The party will take over the entire section.
25 years ago, July 26, 1987
• Boxes were piled high in one corner of Dr. Malcolm McAninch’s office last week. The young physician has practiced medicine for the past two years in Elma under a contract with the National Health Service Corps. But he’s moving on.
In Portland he will practice his specialty, internal medicine with a multi-specialty group of 22 doctors. At Elma he has been functioning more like a general practitioner. “Orthopedic, pediatric, gynecology, sewing up a chainsaw massacre … whatever walked in the door is what we saw here,” McAninch said.
• The Montesano Festival of People parade had a slew of floats, antique cars and youngsters on Saturday.
The broad-grinning, lime-green dressed McCleary Elementary School drill team stole the show and won the judge’s award for best entry while also claiming the drill team competition.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.