World Gone By 8/12

75 years ago, August 12, 1937

• Three Grays Harbor men may have lost their right to return to the United States as citizens when they joined the Spanish loyalist army, it was indicated today in a press dispatch citing the case of a Lewiston, Idaho youth. The Harborites are L.E. “Red” Johnson, Ernest Kozlowski and “Idaho Blacky” Chapin.

The government has held that men joining a foreign army expatriate themselves. During the World War however, many who went into the Canadian army were readmitted to the United States as citizens after the war. It was pointed out, however, that this country was an ally of Canada whereas the government has adopted a hands-off policy in the Spanish civil war.

• In the 1880s P.S. Slack convinced Bill Darby he should try his hand at homesteading. Along with John Dillard, Robert Hines, Robert Howell and Frank Wilson Darby trekked into the North River country, a thing, he says, he has everlastingly regretted.

The party went to what is now Vesta. Darby staked off 160 acres of timber, felled cedar, cut shakes and built a home.

Darby stayed three years … three years of the hardest toil and heartbreak he can remember. All food and supplies had to be dragged in by ox-drawn sled or by pack horse or by canoe and often on human backs. Mr. Darby can remember many a time when he shouldered 75-pound loads at Melbourne and toiled his way home.

In 1900 he moved to a ranch in the Wynooche Valley across from the mouth of Black Creek. A number of years ago he gave up logging but he still works on his ranch.

50 years ago, August 12, 1962

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, August 12, 1987

• Here’s one mystery that may never be solved.

State Ecology Department investigators confirmed Tuesday that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of fish died recently in the Chehalis River, where it enters Grays Harbor County, just southwest of Rochester.

But chances are “slim, very slim,” that the state will find a smoking gun, said Lew Kittle, a Ecology Department aquatic biologist who investigated the incident.

• Roy Whisenhunt went 6 for 6, slamming three home runs as Ocean Spray walloped Dan’s Jeans-Grizzly Den, 37-13, in a Grays Harbor Coed Slow Pitch League opener. Patty Schurr and Kathy Whisenhunt added five hits each for the Cranberries.

Jeff Lockey’s three-run home run in the second inning proved the difference in Mayr Brothers’ 10-8 win over the Midway Tavern. Rick Marshall homered for the Midway.

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