75 years ago, August 9, 1937
• From the bleak Siberian Steppes to the deepest jungles of Africa, wild animals convene to form veritable leagues of nations in American zoos and circuses.
Such a league will be on display in the menagerie tent of Russell Bros. circus when that famous organization exhibits at the Myrtle Street show grounds on Wednesday.
• Bobby Watkins, Hoquiam’s outboard racing champion, raced to further honors yesterday on Seattle’s Seward Park lagoon in the Powwow Regatta which brought racing stars from the entire Northwest to Seattle. Watkins won the three big races, namely the C-hydroplane class, the unlimited hydroplane class and the unlimited runabout class.
50 years ago, August 9, 1962
Out of the public eye the Attorney General of the United States and his family behave much like any average American family on vacation.
“They are very friendly, out-going people — relaxing to be with,” according to Mrs. Walt Failor, wife of Aberdeen’s mayor.
When Clarence Pautzke, U.S. fish and wildlife commissioner asked Walt Failor and his wife to handle arrangements for the Kennedys to fish out of Westport, Mrs. Failor decided to keep things “simple.”
“I knew,” she told us, “that it wouldn’t be possible to compete with the elegance a family like that is used to. I thought if I could give them good food — more or less typical of our area — and if they could catch some fish, they would have a good time.”
Mrs. Failor prepared all the food for Tuesday night’s dinner herself — roast pheasant, crab legs, a fresh fruit salad, a tossed salad with her special dressing, hot garlic bread, cheese puffs and the Harbor’s famed wild blackberry pie. Coley’s Smoke House sent over a 30-pound smoked salmon, too.
When it came time for dessert, the Attorney General observed he had already eaten too much. But when he asked for a second piece of pie, Mrs. Failor said she was “on cloud 9.”
25 years ago, August 9, 1987
• The Quinault Historical Foundation, concerned about the condition of artifacts, is seeking donations of money or materials to help construct display cases that will exhibit Indian baskets in the Quinault Tribal Center so they can be viewed by tribal members and visitors.
Some of the 17 baskets were made by noted Northwest Coast Indian weavers Mattie Mason Howeattle, Tilly Grover and Ellen Garfield, all of Taholah. Seven are so old that no one remembers who they were made by. They feature intricately braided cedar bark, bear grass and other natural fibers.
“You can look at them and tell if they were Makah, Quillayute and even Queets,” Oliver Mason said.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.