75 years ago, May 6/7, 1938
• Overly ambitious, a huge balm of Gilead tree in the Ray Ellis yard, 402 North Jefferson St., this week was whacked down to save a nearby storm sewer and sidewalk. The tree, one of the largest within the city limits, towered more than 60 feet while its roots were raising the walk and choking the sewer.
It was planted 26 years ago by Mr. Ellis and his father. It was then about five feet in height. As the tree grew, it became a rallying point for the neighborhood youngsters and in the course of 26 years was virtually carved top to bottom with their initials. Mr. Ellis said he recognized many of the initials last night as he cut up the trunk for wood.
• On Grays Harbor and throughout the nation, Mothers of America will have their day tomorrow.
In Harbor churches and lodge halls, mothers will hold the spotlight as sons and daughters reaffirm perpetual bonds of love and respect.
With gifts, with telephoned, telegraphed and written messages, with spoken words or silent prayer, all the nation tomorrow pays tribute to maternity.
• In the “Echoes of the Past: 20 Years Ago Today” column — May 7, 1918: Robert L. Gust, 15-year-old son of L.F. Gust of Hoquiam, has joined a Canadian regiment and will one of the youngest fighters in the war.
50 years ago, May 6/7, 1963
• Victor Niemczick of Frances was leader for a tour of the Willapa Hills in which seven Grays Harbor Olympians participated yesterday. The group hiked on logging roads and viewed four major waterfalls, 80 to 150 feet high. The hikers saw several deer and about 30 elk. A feature of the trip was observance of the mating dance of the spruce grouse.
• Fire swept through the interior of Vicky’s Lunch & Grill, 413 Seventh St., Hoquiam, shortly after 3 o’clock this morning.
Firemen took four rigs including an aerial ladder to the scene and fought the blaze for two hours. Smoke and heat damaged the Bell Logging Co. office next door and the Fashionette Beauty Shop, two doors away.
• The advisability of remaining open on Friday evenings was discussed by merchants yesterday at the Elma Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
It was pointed out that other cities in the area, including Montesano, Aberdeen and Olympia have evening hours at least one night a week.
Also mentioned was the possibility of remaining open Sundays during the summer, when exceptionally heavy traffic returning to metropolitan centers from the beaches passes through town.
Elma is the last non-freeway town on the Seattle route before Tacoma, making it a natural stopping place for returning beach traffic, it was noted.
25 years ago, May 6/7, 1988
• A new state law is going to hit youthful drug and alcohol offenders where it really hurts — in the driver’s license.
For first-time offenders it will mean loss of driving privileges for a minimum of 90 days. For repeat offenders, the revocation will last at least a year.
• In the jockeying for playoff positions, it helps to have an arm like Neil Mefford’s to ride.
Mefford pitched a three-hitter Thursday as Hoquiam blanked Elma, 5-0, in a Black Hills League baseball game with post-season implications for both teams.
• Aberdeen High School student Amy Eko is a sharp shooter. With a camera, that is.
The sophomore recently “cleaned up” on the photography awards at a Washington Press Association luncheon in Everett.
The staff photographer for Ocean Breeze received a first place for feature photography. The winning photo is a picture of someone applying eyeliner to AHS student Tim Madding in preparation for a mime routine.
• From bookstores to banks, restaurants to realtors, new chamber manager LeRoy Tipton says his welcome to the Harbor couldn’t have been better.
“This is the most friendly community my family and I have been involved with.” Tipton said, sitting in his office at the Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce in Aberdeen. “We literally have been overwhelmed with friendliness.”
More than 100 people applied for the job after former chamber manager Horace Menasco resigned in order to move to Arizona.
Jim Boora, chamber president, said the chamber’s executive board interviewed 12 of the applicants, narrowed the field to three and then offered the job to Tipton.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.