75 years ago
August 30, 1938
• Old Dolbeer, Aberdeen’s historic donkey engine dating back to the infancy of steam power in the woods, will have a permanent home in retirement — at Western Machinery Exchange’s port area plant.
The ancient engine came to Grays Harbor prior to 1890. It spelled doom for the lumbering bull teams and in turn was quickly outmoded by spool donkey engines that proved swifter, more powerful and efficient.
• Finnish fishermen of South Aberdeen were building their own fishing fleet base and gillnet wharf west of Donovan Mill No. 1 with a crew of about 50 men working on the cooperative project, Councilman Aino “Spike” Harkonen reported this afternoon. The new wharf will be on the site of the one which last week was reported collapsing. It was originally built as a rock spur for jetty work.
August 31, 1938
• Plans for immediate construction of a modern business block at Heron and Broadway in downtown Aberdeen were announced today by Mayor Herbert Horrocks.
The new business block, of concrete construction, will be erected on the northwest corner of the intersection on property the mayor recently acquired.
September 1, 1938
A project for $15,402 for a migratory bird refuge on Willapa Harbor today was approved by President Roosevelt. It is expected the refuge will be on Long Island, in Shoalwater Bay, between South Bend and the North Beach peninsula.
• A long wait for salmon has ended for Grays Harbor gillnetters. The delayed run of Chinook or black salmon hit the Chehalis River Tuesday night to give inside fishermen their first real hauls of the season.
Charles Lundgren made the first catch, landing 34 salmon in one night.
50 years ago
August 30, 1963
The Department of Fisheries today reminded all razor clam diggers and visitors to Washington beaches that the daily personal use razor clam digging season ends Sept. 15.
August 31, 1963
Maria Luisa Cavalcanti Borroso of Brazil will be attending Weatherwax High School as a senior this year and living with the J.D. McClintock family on Fairway Drive in Linkshire.
Pat McAllister, who also will be a senior at Weatherwax high School, has spent the summer in Finland as a participant in the AFS Americans Abroad Program. Mike Hutton, a Weatherwax student, is spending his senior year in The Netherlands.
September 1, 1963
Sunday, no newspaper published
25 years ago
August 30, 1988
• Attendance at the Pacific County Fair this year topped last year’s by more than 800 visitors with a total of 22,688 coming through the turnstiles.
• Susan Grimes, a veteran nursing home worker who sees a need to help families care for relatives at home, is opening “Sue’s Senior Day Care” in her home next month.
Grimes, who loves to hear stories that older people tell, is charging $3 an hour to visit, play cards or talk with seniors so family members can get out to pay bills or do some shopping.
August 31, 1988
• Saying she’s “wrung out” and has accomplished what she set out to do, Janet Richardson is resigning as executive director of Grays Harbor’s tall ships project.
“I’m tired. That says it all,” Mrs. Richardson said. “I think I’ve had two weeks vacation in 20 years, my elderly parents aren’t well and I have a grandson in California that I’ve never seen.”
• Ocosta High School has added baseball to its athletic program and Marty Cloud will be the coach when they begin play next spring.
The games will be played at Eldon Odle Memorial Field.
Ocean Spray Cranberries and Washington Crab Producers have each donated $2,000 to assist with the cost of equipping the team. Further donations of time and-or money are encouraged.
September 1, 1988
• Bob Moch, still a practicing Seattle attorney at age 74, remembers being a team member of the legendary 1936 University of Washington Olympic gold medal winning crew.
The Montesano High School grad now has a summer home on the south shore of Hood Canal.
Always athletically inclined but only 5-6 1/2 and 128 pounds in college, Moch said he became a coxswain by necessity.
“What else could I do?” he laughed.
He keeps his Olympic gold medal at his home in Issaquah where he lives most of the year.
• Thousands of cable TV customers in Aberdeen and Hoquiam are being mailed a purple and yellow pamphlet from Cooke Cablevision.
The pamphlets announce the Sept. 6 opening of a converter distribution store at the SouthShore Mall. Customers with 12-channel television sets will need the converter in order to receive all 22 channels offered in the new “basic” package. The rate will be $16.95 a month.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.