75 years ago
September 16, 1938
Bob Gaffney, well-known Aberdeen sportsman, was elected president of the Grays Harbor Athletic Club last night at a reorganization meeting at the Morck Hotel. Elected with Gaffney were John Bagwill, vice-president; Nick Yantsin, secretary and Bill Hatch, treasurer.
One of the outgrowths of the reorganization was the election of Ollie Arbelbide, ex-Washington State College backfield star, as head coach.
September 17, 1938
With most pilchard boats already enroute to California and virtually all Grays Harbor pilchard plants closed, the 1938 season is at an end. Among the plants announcing suspension of pilchard processing today were Strand’s Fisheries, Chatham Straits, Pacific Sardine Products, Deep Sea Fisheries and Pacific Ocean Products.
While terming this season a “failure,” virtually all operators questions declared they plan to reopen next year. “Failure” officials said, means the season did not live up to early-season expectations with only about 26,000 of an anticipated 80,000 tons of pilchards processed.
50 years ago
September 16, 1963
Monte Dahlstrom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Dahlstrom of Central Park, recently built himself a high-rider bicycle out of spare parts to get away from the nuisance of dogs nipping at his legs. He caused a minor sensation when he rode the vehicle in downtown Aberdeen Saturday and was followed by a swarm of small fry.
September 17, 1963
Jack Elway, Grays Harbor College’s football boss, can’t make up his mind about last Saturday’s Choker scrimmage.
“Either our defense is awfully strong or our offense is awfully rough,” Elway commented unsatisfied. “There were some bright spots, but our offense is far from polished yet. The season left me sort of cold.”
The Harbor collegians will spend the rest of this week working on defensive assignments and polishing up the offense in preparation for Saturday night’s season opener at Everett.
25 years ago
September 16, 1988
You can tell Jeff Fenholt used to be a heavy metal rock singer.
The Aberdeen High School auditorium reverberated with the sound of his powerful voice Thursday as he slammed his anti-drug message home.
“I’ve done it all,” he told the high school students. “I’ve been on the cover of Time magazine. I played on Broadway. I’ve been in concerts all over the world. I didn’t care whether anyone lived or died. I didn’t care whether I did either.”
Now he told them, “I’m singing a different tune.”
September 17, 1988
• It was just life on the farm in South Dakota when Al and Otto Schnaidt learned how to cure meat and mix sausage.
Now, on the theory that more and more people yearn for the taste of home-cured and seasoned meat — and will drive out of their way to get it — the brother’s and Al’s wife, Patti, opened Bay City Sausage in August on Highway 105, south of Ocosta.
• The party-goers clapped when Charles Dewees, a former logger, and Kathryn Jones, once a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital, took a turn around the dance floor.
They, along with six other Aberdeen Manor residents, celebrated their birthdays at a giant party at the manor Wednesday afternoon. The party was special because all those honored were over 90.
The eight, including Emily George, Edna Field, Gladys Metcalf, Dagney Wilkins, Saimi Maki and Nancy Ostling, are all in good enough health to live on their own at the manor, an apartment house that provides independent living for low-income senior citizens over the age of 62.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.