75 years ago, September 21, 1937
• Another big tuna haul, second within six days, was landed late yesterday and this morning at Westport cove. Five boats brought in 43,000 pounds, the high craft, the Wenterstead, landing 18,000 pounds for which it was paid $850.
One fisherman said his boat yesterday was catching tuna 10 miles off the Columbia River at the rate of one ton an hour.
• Grays Harbor began preparations today to extend the heartiest welcome and greetings to President Roosevelt who will visit this district the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 1, during his journey through the Northwest. The president, after visiting Victoria, B.C., the preceding day, will spend Thursday night at Lake Crescent, motor to Lake Quinault the following morning, taking lunch there and drive through Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Montesano, Elma and McCleary Friday afternoon on his way to Tacoma where he will again board his special train for the start of his return journey to Washington, D.C.
50 years ago, September 21, 1962
• Of the 100 miles of ocean beaches in Washington, Grays Harbor County has a total of 50 miles, according to a county report on tourism prepared by Planning Consultant Vern Cotter and submitted last night to the Grays Harbor Regional Planning Commission.
Cotter’s inventory of accommodations shows that 10,900 persons can be cared for in the county over a 24-hour period with motels responsible for 5,556 of this total, trailer courts 3,713 and camping space 1,631.
There are 125 motels, 22 trailer camps, 16 combination cabin, motel and trailer facilities and 815 tent spaces.
Sixty-one motels charge from $4 to $8 a night, 49 stand in the $8 to $12 bracket, 17 from $12 to $16 and 14 cost from $16 to $30.
• A plush new bowling alley plans open house starting at 2 p.m. tomorrow, with free coffee and doughnuts, pop and balloons for the children and bowling will be on the house.
The new $250,000 establishment, Westport Lanes is run by Rick Rydman and Vergil Gordon.
The lanes have many novel features including an AMF “Sparemake,” which helps a bowler pick up pins. After release of the first ball, the Sparemaker, by flashing arrows on a board, indicates where the bowler should aim his second ball to pick up any remaining pins.
25 years ago, September 21, 1987
Unless you’re Oscar the Grouch, who lives in a trash can on “Sesame Street.” an open house at a garbage dump probably isn’t your idea of an intriguing outing.
Lemay Inc., which owns the landfill east of Aberdeen, has scheduled two tours this week for city and county officials. Tours for the public are planned for later this year.
LeMay officials want to show off $1.7 million worth of improvements at the landfill. The upgrade is part of a state-mandated plan to prepare the site for closure, and in the meantime make it more environmentally sound.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.