The Washingtonian — 100 years ago

May 1, 1913

Catchy Name for Annual Fourth Festival

C. J. Sims is author of Title selected by Joint Aberdeen and Hoquiam Committee after Contest

It will be known far and wide as the “Grays Harbor Splash.”

A joint committee of the Hoquiam Commercial Club and the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce met last night and put in several hours giving consideration to almost 300 names which had been suggested for the forthcoming jubilee to be held in this city the week of July Fourth. Almost the full membership of the committee was present and in the final analysis the catchy, distinctive name “Grays Harbor Splash” was unanimously chosen.

Four of the contestants hit upon the winning name and the prize of $20 was awarded to C. J. Sims of the Hotel Grayport, whose suggestion was the prior one. The others who suggested the “Splash” were Mrs. Thayer Lamb of Hoquiam, Mr. George F. Reid of Aberdeen, and Miss Elizabeth Adams of this city.

In submitting her suggestion Miss Adams gave the following clever and very convincing reasons why this name should be adopted:

First — It makes no discrimination as between the two cities.

Second — It is short.

Third — It is distinctive.

Fourth — It will appeal to all the loggers.

Fifth — A log “splash” has always been something worth seeing and attracts many visitors.

Sixth — It is euphonic — easily spoken.

Seventh — To people of non-lumbering communities who do not know what a “splash” is, the word will convey a dashy, sporty suggestion which fits well with the occasion.

Eighth — The fitness of this name and the unfitness of many others that have been suggested will be seen at once if you will ask the question:

“Are you going to the _______ (Followed by any one of the suggested names).

“The Splash” is as appropriate a name for Grays Harbor as “The Round-up” is for Pendleton.

There were some great names submitted in this contest and they ranged from Chinook to Turkish. Several provoked merriment if not serious consideration. One person sent in the name of the “Jungle Jiggle” while the “Grayport Giggle” was a close second. The “Lumberjacks’ Jamboree” was another suggestion with a lilt to it, but it was the opinion of the committee that “The Splash” had them all badly beaten.

May 4, 1913

The Washingtonian’s Aberdeen Office

The Washingtonian has established a permanent agency in Aberdeen at Eaton & Swaney’s drug store, 113 E. Heron street, with Frank L. Wilbelch in charge. There is a demand for the early and prompt delivery of The Washingtonian in our neighboring city and we are going to supply that demand. The first papers off the press will be taken to Aberdeen by private conveyance and every subscriber in the district should have his morning paper on the doorstep not later than 6:30 o’clock. This is seven hours earlier than the morning papers from Portland and the Sound can reach that city.

The Washingtonian prints the Associated Press news from all parts of the world. Its county seat department is complete and it fully covers the local field of Hoquiam as well as the city council and more important night happenings in Aberdeen. The World covers the evening and the Washingtonian will endeavor to do the same for the morning field in Aberdeen.

A telephone call to S9 Aberdeen will meet with a quick response and all inquiries regarding subscriptions and delivery in that city should go to that phone for the present. In that connection it may be said that Hoquiam visitors to Aberdeen are invited to make their headquarters at The Washingtonian branch office at Eaton & Swaney’s Rexall drug store.

May 9, 1913

Night Train Service Will Begin Saturday

Beginning tomorrow night Hoquiam and Grays Harbor cities will have a night train service to Puget Sound cities and Portland over the O.-W. R. & N. line. It will be the first regular Pullman car service from and to Grays Harbor and will be an innovation long desired by local business men, a tribute to work done through the Commercial Club of Hoquiam and the Chamber of Commerce of Aberdeen.

The train will leave Hoquiam, where it will be made up, at 10 p.m. It will leave Aberdeen at 11:15 o’clock, and Cosmopolis at 11:28 p.m. It will arrive at Centralia at 4:45 a.m., where the Tacoma-Seattle car will be cut into the northbound train and the Portland car into a southbound train. The Harbor passengers will arrive at Tacoma at 4:45 a.m., at Seattle at 6:15 o’clock and at Portland at 6:45 o’clock.

Returning, the cars will leave Portland at 11 p.m., Seattle at 11:15 p.m., and Tacoma at 12:45 a.m. They will be made up into the Harbor train at Centralia at 3 a.m. and arrive at Cosmopolis at 5:45 a.m., at Aberdeen at 6 a.m. and at Hoquiam at 7:15 a.m., remaining here during the day.

Quite a number of Hoquiam and Aberdeen business men plan to go on the first trip of the train from the Harbor tomorrow night.

It is now practically assured that a mail service will be installed on the train.