World Gone By 8/20

75 years ago

August 19, 1938

Aberdeen merchants today retaliated in the whisker war being waged between Aberdeen and Hoquiam.

During the past week, several Aberdeen truck drivers, well-bearded in preparation for the city’s Golden Jublilee, have assertedly lost their whiskers at the hands of Hoquiamites.

Today a dozen Aberdeen merchants jointly issued an ultimatum that only goods delivered by whiskered truck drivers would be accepted by store owners.

August 20, 1938

Death yesterday claimed A.W. “Bert” Callow at his life-long trade. He started life within earshot of a falling saw and ended his 63 years in a pair of logger’s boots.

Throughout his career Bert was a logger’s logger. He started as a timber faller, a profession by itself in the big timber country, and he still liked to pull on his logger garb, lace up a pair of calked shoes and swing an ax or pull a saw. Yesterday, helping to fall a snag at the Markham & Callow camp near Tillamook, Ore. he became suddenly ill. Unaware of the seriousness of his condition, he walked two miles to camp, where he collapsed.

50 years ago

August 19, 1963

• Attendance at the 1963 Pacific County Fair totaled slightly more than 11,000, Fair Manager Bill Morgan announced today.

The director noted that 50 FFA and FHA youths exhibited 150 entries, and that 375 exhibitors in open classes turned in more than 1,700 entries.

• One of Aberdeen’s all-time great football stars, George Karamatic, has been visiting his family here the past few days.

A true triple-threater in high school and college, Karamatic, a product of South Aberdeen’s “Cro-Town” went on to win Little All American, All-Coast and even second team (United Press) All-American honors at Gonzaga.

While renewing old acquaintances and visiting his family in Aberdeen, Karamatic plans to try his hand at catching the famous Westport salmon.

August 20, 1963

Principal Ben Curran is pessimistic about squeezing any of his quickly-growing student body and faculty into the still-incomplete 26-room building being readied on the south lawn of Weatherwax High School. Curran said today that he has no plans for holding any classes in the building for a least two weeks after school begins.

The problem is how to accommodate 1,300 students, an increase of 176 over last year. Razing of Samuel Benn School leaves the high school with a deficit of 14 classrooms.

25 years ago

August 19, 1988

The valedictorian of his Montesano High School graduation class and the possessor of a college degree in computer science, Tim Vessey is intelligent enough to know the score.

The 24-year-old is completing his first season as a professional baseball umpire assigned to the Class A Northwest League.

A former Monte football and basketball standout (the school didn’t offer baseball while he attended), he quarterbacked the Bulldogs to the 1981 state Class A football championship. Ironically the coach of that team, Joe Ortolf, had spoiled a straight-A academic record by giving Vessey a B in a freshman physical education class.

August 20, 1988

• Erik and Tina Jensen have set Sept. 1 as opening day for Santa Fe Station, a family-oriented Mexican restaurant under construction at the SouthShore Mall in Aberdeen.

This is the third business the Jensens have opened at the mall — the first was Jazz Accessories almost two years ago. Then in March, Jensen’s Cafe opened, introducing gourmet coffees, pastry and ice cream at the cafe court.

• Damon Landing was the center of life at the turn of the century for those living on the northern beaches of Grays Harbor and now it will become part of the centennial mural showcase.

Artist Dennis Hermey’s “Hole in the Sky” will be dedicated today.

“Since we only have one (mural), it had to tell the whole story,” said Hermey about the mural.

Historically the trading post represented the industrious beginnings of the early settlers’ of Ocean Shores.

All supplies and mail for the area passed through Damon Landing. When the school bell rang, it sounded at Damon Point.

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