World Gone By 8/13


75 years ago

August 12, 1938

Wearing broad grins of satisfaction, tunamen and purse seiners the past 24 hours poured into buying scows and into waiting pilchard hoppers the greatest single-day fish fortune Grays Harbor has ever seen.

Yesterday seiners shuttled into port with fully 1,500 tons of pilchards, while approximately 1,000 tons arrived last night and this morning.

Meanwhile trollermen were landing the greatest day’s tuna haul of the season, variously estimated anywhere from 50 to 75 tons, swamping Westport cove buyers and over-taxing all Grays Harbor ice-making facilities.

August 13, 1938

After 15 years of logging approximately 300,000,000 feet of timber in the Quinault reservation, the M.R. Smith company of Moclips within the next three to four months will pull up its line and quit all woods operations.

At one time the company operated 12 to 13 miles of railway into the timber stand but in recent months has taken up all but seven miles of track. It is now logging east of Red Creek.

50 years ago

August 12, 1963

• A former Aberdeen minister and his family were arrested in Pecos, Texas Aug. 8 but it was just in fun.

Rev. Clifford Larson, pastor of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church during the 1940s, was driving through Pecos with his family when they were selected as the first out-of-town family to be flagged down and given a Texas-sized welcome, including free meals, haircuts, beauty treatments, hotel and motel accommodations and — most important — a sack of Pecos cantaloupes.

• Violent thunderstorms boomed and rumbled across the Twin Harbors yesterday afternoon, setting two fires at Brady and at least two minor woods blazes and interrupting television and electrical services.

The rural fire truck from Montesano was en route to a barn fire at the Martin Sundbery farm when another alarm was turned in from Baker’s Food Market.

August 13, 1963

A series of parking meter thefts which has plagued Aberdeen for over a week was solved last night, police said, with the apprehension of a 16-year-old boy from Orange, Calif.

Six or seven parking meters have been opened and looted almost every night for a week. About 11 last night, Sgt. Richard Layng and Peter Popovac spotted the suspect and apprehended the youth just after he had opened a meter at Market and K.

He explained that he had previously stolen two meter heads and after examining the insides, he made keys that would fit most of the meters in town.

25 years ago

August 12, 1988

Two California teen-agers are in custody at Grays Harbor Juvenile Facility and two California men have been arrested for allegedly masterminding a contract killing plot for former Montesano resident Ken Carpenter.

The plan was to stage an accident so Carpenter could collect a $50,000 life insurance policy on his estranged wife, Billie Carpenter of rural Montesano.

Prosecutors believe the teens were preparing to steal a truck to run Billie Carpenter off the road on Highway 107 that would make it look like an automobile accident.

August 13, 1988

Some retail business leaders in economically-troubled Pacific Beach say they’ve noticed a slight boost this year from military tourists vacationing at the decommissioned U.S. Naval base.

The base began booking visitors in late December and more than 3,000 servicemen and their families have rented the former military housing along the beach.

The 70-acre base and its facilities, which include 28 fully-equipped houses, are available only to active and retired military families. Beach front homes start at $33 a night for enlisted ranks; more for officers.

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