World Gone By 9/4


75 years ago, September 3/4, 1937

• Mayor Herbert Horrocks isn’t color blind, he can move his foot quickly from the throttle to the brake in an emergency and his depth reception is good.

There isn’t any doubt of it today, for Mayor Horrocks was the first to go through the state tests here in the reactometer which mechanically records whether a person is physically fit to operate a car on the highways of Washington. Tests are being conducted by state police in the city jail annex.

Various tests are used to determine any degree of color blindness or double vision but the reaction test of applying the brake seems to be most fascinating for those seated in the device, built to resemble the front seat of a car - driving wheel and all.

• In the “Echoes of the Past: 20 Years Ago Today” column — September 3, 1917: Nine hundred unionists march in Aberdeen in the annual Labor Day parade.

• Also in 1917, shipyard workers get a minimum pay raised from $5 to $6 a day.

• Also in 1917, a total of 169 whales have been taken so far this year by the three whaling vessels operating out of Grays Harbor.

• “Whirling Saws,” a novel of the Grays Harbor lumber industry, is being written by Mrs. Irene Welch Grissom, former Hoquiam resident now of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

While on the Harbor for several weeks gathering material for her new book, Mrs. Grissom will be the guest of Mrs. Madge Peterson, Hoquiam city treasurer.

“Whirling Saws” will be a romantic novel with the lumber setting dating back 1910 to 1915. The book will deal with the conditions and problems of the Harbor in those days, Mrs. Grissom stated.

Mrs. Grissom is the widow of Charles Grissom, superintendent at the old National Lumber company which burned down many years ago. They moved from the Harbor 20 years ago.

50 years ago, September 3, 1962

• Judging from responses to invitations sent by the industrious committee, about 1,000 South Bend graduates and their families are expected to take part in homecoming activities Sept. 13-15.

An open house and coffee hour are planned for Friday evening. Golf and bowling tournaments will be conducted Saturday morning. Beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, the reunion banquet will be served with classes seated together, the oldest group to be served first.

Saturday night the homecoming football game between South Bend and their traditional opening-day rivals, the Elma Eagles, will be played in the Oyster Bowl. Two dances will be conducted after the football game, one for the current students in the multi-purpose room of the high school and another for the former students at the Chamber of Commerce building.

• A burglar visited five units and the manager’s quarters early yesterday morning at the Ocean Crest Resort Motel.

According to Grays Harbor County Sheriff Richard Simmons, the burglar, equipped with a flashlight and wearing soft-soled shoes, slipped into the quarters of proprietor Jess Curtright via an unlocked garage and took keys to all the units.

About $70 in cash was taken from tenants’ wallet or billfolds. All were found not far away along the road after daylight.

25 years ago, September 3, 1987

• Eddie Feigner, in his 42nd year of barnstorming, brought his softball act Wednesday night to Hoquiam where close to 2,000 appreciative fans saw him pitch his internationally renowned four-man fast pitch team, The King and His Court, to a 7-1 victory over the full-sized GH All-Stars at Olympic Stadium.

It was one of approximately 220 games his troupe plays annually, one of more than 10,000 that he has pitched since forming the team on a dare in 1946.

Feigner can throw accurately from behind his back and between his legs. He pitched one inning from second base and, in what has come to be his trademark, an inning blindfolded.

• Rainier Bank’s decision to close its Cosmopolis branch has a number of people depositing complaints. The bank’s doors will close Oct. 9. Rainier officials are calling the move a “consolidation.”

“It’s the pits from a business person’s point of view,” said Kathy Smith, owner of the liquor store.

“It definitely makes a difference,” said Molly Barkell of Molly’s Steak and Seafood House. “It takes a convenience out of town.”

• Superior Court Judge Robert Charette will resign effective Oct. 1 to return to private practice.

Charette, 64, confirmed his intentions Thursday. The timing of his resignation will force an election in November to fill the seat on the bench.

Charette, who has been in office three years, will return to the Aberdeen law firm of Brown, Edwards, Lewis & Janhunen, pursuing civil cases, probate matters and estate planning.

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