World Gone By 9/5


75 years ago

September 4, 1938

Sunday, no newspaper published

September 5, 1938

Oswa is home again, arriving yesterday at his West Bridge perch. The pet seagull has made this winter home on the bridge for at least the last 17 years. Usually he is gone 147 or 148 days but this year he had extended his summer vacation to 158 days. Several days will elapse before Oswa becomes tame enough to enter the control house, his human friends say.

50 years ago

September 4, 1963

As TV cameras rolled and Sen. Henry M. Jackson and dignitaries from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State Department of Public Assistance looked on, Washington’s pilot food stamp program was inaugurated this morning when Mrs. Glenda Snyder of Aberdeen purchased and spent the first stamps.

September 5, 1963

A tour of Weatherwax High School’s temporary classrooms yesterday reveals that students and teachers are resigned to the job of education despite the physical handicaps caused by late completion of the J.M. Phillips Building.

On the second day of classes, the high school’s 1,300 students were doing as well as can be expected, according to Principal Ben Curran. Nearly half the students are attending classes in gymnasiums, auditoriums, hallways and the girls physical education dressing room.

25 years ago

September 4, 1988

Steaming up the Willapa River this weekend, the captain and crew of the USS Excel took the mighty ship somewhere it has never been before — high atop a tidal sandbar.

It took nearly an hour for the U.S. Navy mine sweeper to ease off its perch and throttle up to the public dock where it became a main attraction for South Bend’s Labor Day festival.

“It’s kind of an unusual occurrence and we don’t usually like to talk about it,” said Lt. j.g. John Garner. “Nothing was damaged and no one was injured. Everybody responded very well,” he said.

September 5, 1988

• It was 65 years ago that a Grays Harbor logging crew decided to give Labor Day a dual meaning, cutting 67-railcar loads of timber in one day.

It was to impress their boss on that day in 1923 that the Schafer Bros. logging crew cut its way into local record books — with no overtime, either.

“I think these days, folks are much more inclined to spend Labor Day at home with family,” said John Warring, president of the Grays Harbor Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

• Prep football makes its debut this weekend and on the Harbor, at least, it’ll be the year of the new coach.

New head coaches have the reins at five Grays Harbor schools — Rob Lonborg at Aberdeen, Dave Tobin at Hoquiam, Bill Beattie at Elma, Brent Whitaker at Montesano and Del Talley at North Beach.

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