75 years ago
September 11, 1938
Sunday, no newspaper published
September 12, 1938
Five of the early day frame buildings on Eighth Street, between the Eighth Street Bridge and Simpson Avenue, were damaged beyond repair in a spectacular early Sunday morning blaze. The fire, of unknown origin, started in vacant quarters behind the Clayton Barber shop, and spread across adjoining roof tops in both directions, until it had consumed the Sailors’ Rest tavern, a barber shop, the Bell and Aloha rooming houses, the pilchard union hall, Arches tavern and several other buildings that have been vacant for years.
50 years ago
September 11, 1963
• Fire of undetermined origin destroyed the Plantation Restaurant in Central Park this morning, doing at least $20,000 damage. Dale Robinson, who is leasing the restaurant from the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kelly of Sitka, Alaska, said he had no insurance.
• Grays Harbor is going abroad. Lamb-Grays Harbor plans to construct a 25,000-square-foot pulp and paper machine manufacturing plant in Rosendall, the Netherlands, company president George Lamb said today.
September 12, 1963
Lee Oestreich of Bluff Ave. in Hoquiam received a letter last fall from a Ritzville first grade classmate of his informing him that all of their old fellow students were still alive and planning a reunion.
There were eight boys and three girls in that class of 1907 and seven of them were able to attend the reunion.
The school they attended was built by families in the neighborhood in a wheat belt about five miles outside of Ritzville.
25 years ago
September 11, 1988
• The eight-room classroom building located between Elma’s high school and junior high school has been spruced up and readied for a new crop of students.
The small structure, built in 1926, is housing Elma’s seventh and eighth graders while contractors remodel and make some additions to the existing junior high school.
Asbestos has been removed from the building, known as the “middle building” and it’s been given a fresh coat of paint.
• Like lightning striking twice, Mel Lentz of Creswell, Ore., dominated the Loggers Playday competition in Hoquiam Saturday, winning the All-Around Logger title for the second year in a row.
Lentz is one of a handful who makes a living in logging competitions.
September 12, 1988
• Winners of the Hoquiam Loggers Playday Parade are as follows: The Queen’s Trophy went to Bob Watson of Hoquiam with his antique car; the Judge’s Trophy was captured by the Hoquiam High School band; The Mayor’s Trophy went to the Harbor Assembly of God float and the Elk’s Exalted Ruler Trophy was awarded to the Aberdeen High School cheerleaders.
In the commercial float division, the first place went to the Cookhouse Clowns and second place to Daneker Dance.
• The tandems of Randy Heriot-Jim Slaker and Greg Segai-Mark Mitrovich matched 36-hole scores of 138 to tie for low gross honors in the Fifth Annual Rainier Beer Best Ball golf tournament played Saturday and Sunday at the Willapa Harbor Golf Course.
Sheri Claywell and Doris McGuire took women’s low gross with 157.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.