120 years ago
Friday, May 13, 1892
On Sunday, the steamers City of Aberdeen, Clan McDonald, Montesano and Chehalis left with crowds from Aberdeen to participate in the mad revels at Westport Beach. Many of the boys were decorated with badges on which were printed “Toot Committee.” Not understanding the proper definition of the word “toot” and the duties that were supposed to be assigned to a toot committee, the boys got mixed and — well, their hats don’t fit yet. All enjoyed themselves, however, and came home tired and sunburned and ready for another celebration, but under a little different management.
Born at the (Cedarville) residence of John Bowman, a girl. She is a 10-pounder.
The circus has come and gone, and be it said to the credit of the town, the attendance was not large. It was not a great combination. The managers of the shell game and other gambling devices were quite weary when they found that the city marshal would not allow them to work suckers.
What honors sometimes come to a man who resembles another. For instance, the handsome editor of the Oakville Globe was in town Monday, and a prominent gentlemen of this city was introducing him as Mr. Murphy, the temperance evangelist. Vernon didn’t know who was honored, he or Mr. Murphy. We haven’t interviewed the latter yet.
100 years ago
Friday, May 10, 1912
Dr. G.E. Marcy was in Elma Tuesday, assisting Drs. Blair and Watkins in a couple of surgical operations. A successful operation was performed upon Mrs. Gebhart for appendicitis, and an operation upon Sid Grayson for gall stones was also performed, but it is feared that he cannot recover, as his condition was extremely critical at the time of the operation.
Earl Bower, of this city, and Miss Berdie Nix, of Elma, were united in marriage Monday afternoon at the M.E. parsonage in this city, Rev. T.F. Allen performing the ceremony. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Bower and is a young man of good character and reputation. The bride is a highly respected young lady of Elma. The young people have the best wishes of a host of friends.
Dr. F.L. Carr on Saturday filed an injunction suit against the City of Montesano to restrain the enforcement of the city ordinance prohibiting dogs running at large. This ordinance is now being strictly enforced, and the suit is commenced in an effort to nullify this statute. There is a great deal of sentiment among the citizens both pro and con in the matter of the dog ordinance, and the contest will be eagerly watched by those interested.
G.W. Gilbert, who is wanted at Oakland, Calif., on a felony charge, was arrested Monday at Charley Creek by Deputy Sheriff Carl Swartz and lodged in the county jail, pending the arrival of the Oakland authorities.
75 years ago
Thursday, May 13, 1937
Boys and girls from five schools of this vicinity will vie in the first annual marble tournament of the Montesano Chamber of Commerce, which will be held Saturday afternoon, May 15, at 1:30 o’clock on the American Legion playfield on Wynooche Avenue, between Main and First streets. The schools are Montesano, Fairview, Wynooche, Mary M. Knight and Olympic View.
The qualifying round of the Chehalis River salmon derby will be held from Aug. 14 to Sept. 30, it was decided by Chairman Claude H. Vanderpool and his committee at a meeting held Monday night. The final date for the contest will be set later as the run of fish in the fall permits. The qualifying fish will be any salmon caught with rod and reel and the qualifying waters, the Chehalis River from the South Elma Bridge to Mox Chuck slough near Midway.
The derby is to be put on by the Grays Harbor Game Protective Association, which plans to make the affair an annual one if the 1937 derby is a success.
The committee includes, besides Vanderpool, Paul Atkinson, Paul Cummings and Lewis Snelling of Montesano and Tom White, Del McPherson, Truman Williamson and W.H. Dickenson of Elma.
The Montesano High School will lose but three members of its athletic teams by graduation and three others who have been members of the squads. Richard Strong who has been a standby, both in football and basketball, will be graduated having turned out four years for football and won three letters, four years for basketball with four letters, two years for track, with one letter and one year for baseball, no letter granted.
Walter Babic’s record is one year of football, no letter; four years basketball, two letters, and three years baseball, no letter granted. Arthur Round has two years of football with one letter.
Turning out but making no letters are Bill Hall, baseball; Marion Rize, track, and Clifford Cummings, football.
For Miss Maurine Hamm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Hamm, who will leave on June 2 to spend the summer in Baltimore, Miss Edith Nuttall entertained at a surprise shower last Saturday evening at her home.
A series of games was played, and when the scores were finally totaled, Miss Dorothy Stanton was awarded a favor for the highest score and Miss Christine Kesterson one for low.
Guests were Misses Mariola Lynch, June LaBreck, Cleo Gordon, Ethel Hollingsworth, Roberta Whitney, Marjorie Servis, Beatrice Schofield, Christine Kesterson, Doris Hessmer, Ruth Rosemary Rock, Kathryn Jordan, Jean Allen and Dorothy Stanton.
A family reunion was held at the home of Mrs. Lucy Bower on Mother’s Day. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Herman Strutz and daughters, Vaundi and Priscilla of Bordeaux, Mr. and Mrs. George Thompson, Shirley and Marjorie Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Jones, Doris and Betty, Roger and Donald Jones.
50 years ago
Thursday, May 10, 1962
O.M. (Ovie) Nelson, veteran lawyer and Montesano’s city attorney for more than 50 years, was saluted by the chamber of commerce at its annual stag dinner May 3 at the Grays Harbor Country Club.
A record turnout of 100 persons gave a standing ovation to Nelson.
The silver-haired attorney’s colorful past was sketched by James Stewart, fellow lawyer. Stewart told of Nelson’s many political ambitions, including four national elections in which Nelson ran on four different party tickets.
F.C. Kelsey, as master of ceremonies, introduced Wesley R. Rounds to the chamber. The Bellevue developer gave a progress report of Montesano’s new shopping center.
Mrs. Ruby Carter, 67, a longtime resident of Montesano, died at an Olympia hospital Sunday, May 6, after a 10-month illness.
Mrs. Carter was born in Delphi, Wash., the daughter of Jasper N. and Amanda J. Markham, early pioneers in this district. She attended grade and high school in Montesano and the last few years had made her home on Pioneer Avenue West.Ten months ago, she went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Lorraine Moes, in Olympia.
For seven years, Mrs. Carter was employed by the state of Washington as head cook at the Green Hill academy, a boys’ school just out of Chehalis. She was greatly loved by the boys and for years corresponded with many of them after they had left the school.
Besides her daughter, she is survived by a grandson, Lionel Moes in California; a brother, Clarence Markham, Tacoma; a sister, Mrs. Ed Endicott, Empire, Ore.; a nephew, Orville Foreman, Montesano, and several other nephews and nieces.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, May 9, from the Mills & Mills Funeral Home in Olympia.
Four Montesano young ladies are on the list of candidates vying for the coveted title of Grays Harbor Dairy Princess. The field of contestants swelled to 13 this week prior to the deadline for application.
The annual contest is slated for Saturday, May 19, at the Morck Hotel in Aberdeen. Judging at the hotel will begin at 9:30 a.m. The traditional coronation dinner has been set for Olympic View Grange, in Brady, 7 p.m., the same day.
Among those seeking the honor to represent Grays Harbor at the state event in Seattle in June are: Carol Fritz, sponsored by the Montesano Chamber of Commerce; Donna Glenn, Olympic View Grange; Ellen Konigsfield, Monte Active Club, and Mary Ann Metzger, Wynooche Grange.
The winner of the 1962 dairy crown will be featured in Montesano’s Dairy Day parade Saturday, June 16. In addition, the lucky miss will make numerous personal appearances, including the Grays Harbor County Fair.
General chairman of this year’s contest is Harry Harms of Aberdeen. Assisting on the Publicity Committee are Ben Pemberton, Larry Jacks and Mrs. Carl Metzger, chairman.
25 years ago
Thursday, May 14, 1987
Sidewalk sandwich board advertising may well be a thing of the past if City Attorney Dan Glenn, as directed by Montesano’s city council Tuesday evening, brings in a draft ordinance prohibiting obstructions on sidewalks at the May 26 session of the council.
For sometime now, there has been considerable flak about such advertising, and the general consensus of opinion on the council appears to be either to allow it or to deny all such advertising in the future.
Councilman John Tennefoss noted Tuesday, “They could well present a serious problem to both the city and the property owner if a blind person were to fall over one of them. We could really be in trouble.”
In regard to such a problem, Glenn added, “If that were to happen, a person could sue both the city and the property owner.
One council member suggested asking those businesses that so advertise to place the sign closer to the building instead of in the middle of the walk. But that recommendation fell on deaf ears, and the council moved to have Glenn draft a preliminary ordinance dealing with the subject.
William Hepp, the contractor who is tearing down the burn-out home on S. Fleet Street, appeared Tuesday to tell the Montesano City Council that it appears he will not be able to comply with the mandate that the building be torn down and the lot cleaned up by Friday, May 22.
Councilman Doug George noted, “That date really isn’t set in concrete. That’s a long weekend due to Memorial Day, and I don’t imagine that anyone will be around to check on it until the 27th or so.”
Hepp told the council that, due to the method used in building the structure prior to 1900, it was taking one person a much longer time to tear it down than was first expected.
The Montesano City Council approved a contract with the Department of Ecology for a $460,000 grant for the design, etc., of the treatment plant. Consideration of the pipeline to Aberdeen will come at a later date. It was noted that the contract merely ties up the funds for the project.
This month’s birthdays at the Oakhurst Convalescent Center will be celebrated with music and refreshments provided by local women’s groups and the St. Joseph Altar Society on May 28. Residents to be honored and their birthdates are:
May 3, Carrie O’Dell (1898); May 8, Edna Ashe and Ruth Helstrom (both 1911), and Laurel Heltsley (1903); May 13, Leona Lemmon (1916); May 14, Peter Mikkelson (1912); May 15, Chester Paige (1911); May 16, Esther Deckard (1922); May 19, Roy Gurney (1917); May 21, Agnes Somsak (1916); May 24, Ted Winslow (1909), Theresa Curtis (1890) and George Kramer (1908); May 25, Robert Brown (1911); May 28, Lela Koch (1912), and May 29, Sophia Potter, (1914).