World Gone By 8/4


75 years ago, August 4, 1937

Willapa Harbor’s volunteer weatherman, C.E. Thew, announced yesterday that his station on Eklund Park was now one of the best equipped in this section of the country and that he was able to supply sea farers, industry and the general public valuable information concerning daily weather conditions.

Thew’s announcement came on the heels of receipt of an anemometer and recording dial from the U.S. weather bureau in Washington, D.C.

His observations over the last several years have been invaluable to industry, his warnings regarding sinking humidities having forewarned logging operators of fire hazard in the woods and regarding oncoming storms having saved many a mariner from difficulties at the harbor entrance. 50 years ago, August 4, 1962

• Rain-slick Highway 9 and 3 1/2 miles east of Montesano was the scene of the Harbor’s worst auto tragedy of the year just before 2 o’clock this morning. Three Tacoma occupants of a westbound 1951 automobile were killed when the vehicle went into a broadslide skid on a curve near Brady and wrapped around a power pole. • Recently given an “A” rating by the Region XI advisory staff, Boy Scout Camp Delezene, operated by the Twin Harbors Area Council at a beautiful site south of Elma, is noted for its programs.

Added to the camp this year was a new rifle range where marksmanship training and hunter safety is stressed. 25 years ago, August 4, 1987

• A Russian research vessel carrying a crew of 68 is expected to dock in Aberdeen tonight and stay until the weekend. The Babaevsk will be berthed at the Port of Grays Harbor Terminal 1, Karl Wallin, the Port’s director of terminals, said this morning.

The ship has been in Alaska as part of a joint project between U.S. and Soviet scientists. Originally the ship wanted to dock in Bellingham, but permission was refused by a committee that included representatives of the State Department, the Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy. The committee gave no reason for refusing the ship permission to dock in Bellingham. • Moving hazardous power poles at the Westport airport will cost the PUD about $300,000. Monday the PUD commission agreed to move the poles for fear the utility would be liable if a plane crashed into the lines. The airport is now closed and can’t be reopened until the poles are relocated. The PUD should have asked for a permit from the FAA when the poles went up in the early 1980s but did not, utility officials say.

“We put them in there without a permit and we were wrong,” said PUD Manager Chuck Fricke. “The responsibility to correct the situation is ours. We’re not admitting liability but we didn’t have a permit.” Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.