75 years ago
August 28, 1938
Sunday, no newspaper published
August 29, 1938
• Aberdeen’s Golden Jubilee climaxed Saturday night in a welter of whiskers on scores of barber shop floors, a huge crowd dancing and a promenade of old-fashioned costumes through the business district.
More than 2,000 dancers thronged Broadway from the time the final pageant performance concluded until tired musicians packed away their instruments after midnight.
Merrill Hancock, ticket committee head, estimated about 10,000 persons saw the pageant drama Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights while Chief of Police George Dean declared spectators at the historical parade aggregated approximately 25,000, many more than saw President Roosevelt when he visited here.
50 years ago
August 28, 1963
In just a short 2 1/2 weeks, the local high school football fireworks get under way again with the 2-time SWW Conference champion Aberdeen Bobcats clashing with Olympia Sept. 13.
Coach Al Eklund takes over as head coach after 12 years as an assistant and has 15 returning lettermen — Paul Heiny and Steve Penttila, guard and center, are the two returning regulars; Dick Balderston, George Nelson, Lee Carey, Jim Due, Jeff Snell and Brad Taylor are the lettermen backs with Luther Brownrigg, Gordon Gibbs, Howard Harrison, Paul Heikkila, Rick Hoonan, Rich Killebrew and Dennis Marxen as the other returning linemen.
August 29, 1963
Herbert Crisler of Colorado is almost 70, but he has been drawn back to his beloved Olympics to attempt in reverse a famous hike he made more than 30 years ago.
The well-known wildlife movie photographer — some of whose work you probably have seen in Walt Disney nature films — leaves Sunday from Lake Quinault to hike to Olympic Hot Springs.
The trek across the rough and scenic country 30 years ago perhaps will be remembered for no other reason than that he was equipped only with a knife. He lived off the land.
25 years ago
August 28, 1988
Fifty-three McCleary kids gave up two weeks of their summer vacations to return to what most spend the year trying to get away from — school.
While many of their classmates were enjoying their final three weeks of “freedom” the summer school students spent Aug. 8-19 sharpening their academic skills.
School officials were caught off guard by the number of participants in McCleary’s first summer school. “We wanted to start it because with the long summer vacations, cobwebs started to grow,” said Superintendent Jim Ryder. “We wanted to give the kids a chance to gear up in time for school and work with kids who need help.”
The students were divided into two rooms with veteran teacher Paul Gifford instructing primarily fourth through eighth-graders and tutor Diane Foster teaching first-through fourth-graders.
August 29, 1988
A message from Aberdeen’s past will mix with its present in a message to the future on Tuesday when a time capsule is buried outside City Hall.
Inside the sealed capsule, the past will be represented by the contents of a copper box that was first buried on March 19, 1905 under the cornerstone of Aberdeen’s first City Hall. The historic building was demolished and the box unearthed in 1966 when construction began on the existing building on the same site.
The copper box contained four newspapers, including the Grays Harbor Post, an edition of the semi-weekly Aberdeen Herald, and an edition of the Aberdeen Daily Bulletin. Also included were four 1905 coins and a message to the future written in Finnish by Mrs. Sulo Katainen.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.