World Gone By 9/12


75 years ago, September 12, 1937

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago, September 12, 1962

• The Queets tree on the Queets River in Olympic National Park will have a new sign stating that it shares the distinction of being the largest Douglas Fir tree in the world.

The hoary giant of the Queets for years has been proclaimed as the largest known Douglas fir. Months ago Oregon began to question the title, championing the Clatsop tree in the Oregon coastal area.

Appointment of three judges followed, resulting some weeks ago in a pronouncement that the Clatsop tree at the official measuring distance above the ground is 15.48 feet in diameter; the Queets tree is 14.46 feet. However the Clatsop tree is 200 feet tall with a 4 foot diameter at the top and the Queets tree is 202 feet tall and has a diameter of 6 feet 8 inches.

• In the “From the Past: 20 Years Ago Today” column — September 12, 1942: War Production Board’s order of 48-hour work week for lumber industry will have little effect on Grays Harbor as most concerns in this area work that long already.

25 years ago, September 12, 1987

• Twenty-eight tons of lead and wood will be hoisted upright Sunday in a traditional Navy keel-laying ceremony to inaugurate construction of a replica of Capt. Robert Gray’s historic sloop, the Lady Washington.

Eleven dignitaries, including Secretary of State Ralph Munro will raise a heavy hammer and take turns pounding a symbolic golden nail.

The ceremony begins promptly at 5 p.m. at the former hake plant along the Wishkah River and will last one hour, said tall ships executive director Janet Richardson. A reception sponsored by the Tall Ships Restoration Society will follow at the Wishkah Mall.

• The burned wreckage of a small green and white plane containing human remains was discovered in the woods near Copalis Beach Friday by a mill worker searching for chanterelle mushrooms.

A green and white Cessna 172 carrying four men disappeared seven years ago in that approximate area.

Harold Spaulding of Copalis Beach spotted the wreckage at the edge of heavy underbrush, returned to his home and called the sheriff’s office.

“The patrol unit responded to the area and did identify the find as an airplane and human remains,” said Sheriff Dennis Morrisette.

• The Hoquiam Grizzlies came off Sam Rottle Field last night with a 16-12 non-league victory over Montesano.

The difference in the game came on Hoquiam’s pair of two-point conversions, both of them on rollout passes from Sean Maloney to Roy Whisenhunt. The two-pointers forced the Bulldogs to go for two also but they didn’t enjoy the same success.

Whisenhunt, who drew the major ball-toting duties for the Redmen after sophomore Sev Hoiness sprained an ankle in the second quarter, led all rushers with 149 yards on 17 carries.

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