World Gone By 8/15

75 years ago

August 14, 1938

Sunday, no newspaper published

August 15, 1938

• Aberdeen citizens, dressed in the modes of 50 years ago, will promenade Tuesday night in a preview of what will be worn when the city celebrates her Golden Jubilee late this month.

All those having anniversary costumes were urged by Mrs. Zetta Averill to don them for the parade and meet at Heron and K streets.

Those who wish to sing in the huge choir during the staging of the spectacle drama the nights of August 25, 26 and 27 on Stewart Field will practice tonight in the Swedish Lutheran Church, Mrs. John Tenwick, director, announced.

50 years ago

August 14, 1963

Bigger and better, with a full-size circus, auto racing and demolition derby, wrestling, calf scramble, spelling bee and many other attractions, the Grays Harbor District Fair will open its gates tomorrow morning.

August 15, 1963

• Over $20,000 was the estimated loss in a fire that destroyed the Old Settler Shake Mill in Oakville early Wednesday.

Owners of the mill are Joe Hendrickson of Chehalis, Ralph Nicholson of Elma and James Sexton of Hoquiam

The building that burned previously had served as a grain storage warehouse in addition to housing the town jail years ago.

• A soft-spoken, gun-toting bandit held up an Elma couple last night and made off with more than $400 in currency.

Victims of the holdup were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schouweiler who operate Schouweiler’s Service Station at Hunters Prairie.

As Mrs. Schouweiler was locking up the station about 11 last night, a man with a .30-.30 sawed-off rifle, wearing a woman’s stocking over his head, grabbed the ones, fives and twenties and ran.

• Tansy ragwort, a poisonous noxious weed, is on display this week in the Grange and Agriculture building at the Grays Harbor District Fair in Elma.

The weed is the most serious pest that has ever gained a foothold in this area, according to County Agent Heston Weyrich.

25 years ago

August 14, 1988

Patrick Farwell, assistant administrator for St. Joseph Hospital, has been chosen to manage it when it becomes “East Campus” for Grays Harbor Community Hospital next month.

“I’m excited about the potential that the consolidated organization will offer the Grays Harbor community,” Farwell said, “and I’m pleased to have been invited to be a part of it.”

Two weeks ago, Community Hospital announced it was buying the 98-year-old Catholic hospital for $2 million.

August 15, 1988

• An exhausted crew at the Grays Harbor County Fair will get its first, full night’s sleep tonight, but organizers say the five-day event was worth the effort that drew 7,849 more visitors than last year — a total of 31,995 attendees.

• A fleet of more than 80 boats raced in winds that ranged from nearly non-existent to gear-busting, sail-ripping strong in the Northwest Regional Hobie Cat Championships Saturday and Sunday in Quinault.

This is the fourth year in a row that Lake Quinault has been selected as the site of the championships.

“It is good racing and we enjoy the surroundings,” said Emilie Blaha of Vancouver, B.C. who raced a Hobie 18 with her husband.

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