World Gone By 9/16


75 years ago, September 16, 1937

• Ransom Minkler, speaking before the Aberdeen Kiwanis Club in Hotel Morck yesterday, reviewed the life and career of John Tornow. From a memory still vivid after 25 years, Minkler described the apprehension and horror that grasped the countryside when Tornow became an outlaw. He described in detail the initial murders and the eventual death of the Wynooche wildman.

Minkler owned a ranch on the upper Satsop River at the time. Having one of the few telephones in the district and almost the only automobile, his place was a focus for the feverish hunt that finally ended Tornow’s life.

• A new press used in the manufacture of Super-Harbord, Harbor Plywood Corporation product, will be operating within 30 days and will double the present capacity of the plant, John Long, manager, said yesterday.

The press is of German make and arrived via ship and rail yesterday. The press contains 16 hot plates which are applied to 16 panels of plywood with 2,500,000 pounds pressure.

• Striking a virtual bonanza between Grays Harbor and the mouth of the Columbia River, four trolling vessels operating out of Westport yesterday landed 50,000 pounds of tuna, largest single Harbor haul of the year.

The four cargoes, all by Fishermen’s Cooperative boats, sold at a flat seven-cent price at Westport, the high boat, the Heron, landing 15,500 pounds for which she was paid $1,085.

50 years ago, September 16, 1962

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, September 16, 1987

• The wreckage of a small plane discovered near Copalis Beach last Friday is an aircraft that disappeared in September 1963, Coroner John Bebich said this morning.

Coroner’s records show that a plane carrying four persons and a dog disappeared Sept. 2, 1963, soon after taking off from Copalis Beach. The wreckage was discovered six weeks later and the remains removed.

Bebich said he talked Tuesday to the only surviving member of the family that perished in the 1963 airplane crash. The family had been at the beach that September day when a storm began to threaten. Fearing the storm would get worse they decided to fly out early. In those days the beach was a designated landing strip. The plane disappeared and wasn’t discovered until November when the bodies were removed.

• Julie Cowan and Tricia Larson did double duty as setters and spikers as the Bobcats downed Hoquiam, in a non-league volleyball opener for both teams Tuesday night at Hoquiam Square Garden.

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