World Gone By 9/22

75 years ago, September 22, 1937

• Oswa, famous pet seagull of the West Bridge, has disappeared and his master and trainer, A.F. Tetzlaff, believed he might have been poisoned by eating dead fish floating on the waters of Grays Harbor since Saturday. His human friends hope he merely gorged himself too freely on the fish and is too lazy to come home.

Oswa was noted for his “iron” stomach, having eaten razor blades, nuts and bolts freely.

• It hasn’t taken W.F. Ferguson, Hoquiam plumber, long to get football minded for he already is displaying a unique football scene in his window on Simpson Ave. In the foreground is the slogan, “We Are With You Grizzlies.”

The playing field is crimson with gray stripes. The unique part of the display in that water faucets have been lined up on each side of the miniature ball to represent players. Bleachers loaded with plumbing equipment represent the fans.

50 years ago, September 22, 1962

Do you long to own a stable of horses, but haven’t money or space?

There is an answer to your problem — the racing homing pigeon.

Since the early summer organization of the Grays Harbor Racing Pigeon Club, there has been increasing local interest shown in the sport.

At the age of five weeks, the young birds are weaned and ready to start training. They are given a series of flights increasing in distance until they can fly hundreds of miles at high speed. They have a mysterious and uncanny ability to navigate unchartered spaces over tremendous distances.

Further information and pep talks about racing pigeons can be obtained by contacting Wright Vanderwegen or his son Pete.

25 years ago, September 22, 1987

• Volunteers worked through last weekend at Morrison Riverfront Park in Aberdeen to finish preparing the log pavilion foundation in time to pour concrete Monday. For the past 10 days the volunteers, led by Jim Vasey of Aberdeen, have worked on “rebar” — laying reinforcing rods that will become part of the concrete foundation. Vasey and the volunteers finished in time for Mike and Don Randich to begin their pour at 7 a.m., Monday. Concrete finishers completed their tasks about 4, said Wes Peterson, city parks director.

• “It really hit me,” Bill Michalak said, recounting his first glimpse of Pope John Paul II. “This is the man,” I thought. “This is the head of our whole church.”

Michalak was one of eight deacons from the Archdiocese of Seattle chosen to be in Detroit’s Ford Auditorium Saturday when the pope addressed an audience of deacons and their wives.

An Aberdeen resident who works for Grays Harbor Paper Co., Michalak in an ordained deacon of the Catholic Church associated with St. Mary’s parish.

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