The Willie Putman Shop, blacksmith, in 1904 Montesano.
120 years ago
Friday, June 10, 1892
Chehalis County’s most distinguished citizen (is) at rest. Seldom has this paper undertaken a more painful duty than to chronicle the death of M.Z. Goodell, which occurred yesterday afternoon at 2:25 o’clock at his home in (Montesano) at the age of 54 years, seven months, three days. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock in the M.E. Church, Rev. W.L. Cosper officiating.
While the deceased had been in declining health for nearly a year and during the past few weeks had failed so rapidly that death was known to be inevitable, yet when it was announced that he had passed away, the expressions of grief were universal and sincere.
It is difficult to analyze a character such as was possessed by M.Z. Goodell. He was generous to a fault, kindly of heart toward all, self-sacrificing to a noticeable degree, in honors preferring another, modest in his manner, retiring in disposition for one who had seen so much of public life, blessed with a happy disposition, speaking evil of no one, always ready with an excuse for the faults of others, possessing a strong love for his family, true and constant to his friends, endowed with ready speech, which always commanded attention and whose voice was always raised in behalf of the public interests.
He was twice elected sheriff and assessor of Chehalis County, was elected a member of the territorial legislature for two terms when the county was controlled by the opposite political party and was mayor of the city of Montesano for two terms. He was united in marriage in 1858 to Miss Rebecca Byles. Eight children are the result of this union, all of whom reside in Montesano.
An interesting spectacle on Broad Street on Monday was a young lady and gentleman both trying to ride the same bicycle. The front wheel unexpectedly ran into a crack in the sidewalk, and both the young people, just as unexpectedly, went right on, leaving the bicycle far behind. Fortunate for the young lady and painfully for the young man, the latter struck the sidewalk first, and with the force of a weight not entirely his own.
100 years ago
Friday, June 12, 1912
The marriage of Miss Lulu Givens to Mr. Engemar Oien occurred Sunday, June 2, at high noon at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Givens of the Wynooche Valley. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J.C. Grafton in an impressive manner, the ring service being used. Miss Betsie Wade acted as bridesmaid, and Mr. Lee Fry was best man. About 30 friends and relatives of the young people were in attendance. After a short wedding trip, the young people will be at home to their friends on the groom’s ranch in the Wynooche Valley. We wish them a happy wedded life.
Born in Montesano, May 31, 1912, to Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Hutcheson, a daughter.
75 years ago
Thursday, June 10, 1937
Schafer Bros. baseball team, defeated for the first time this season by North River last Sunday, 5 to 4, will attempt a comeback this Sunday against the same nine in the Montesano athletic park. The first ball will be pitched at 2:30. Schafers have downed the Elma C.C.C., a team from Aberdeen and one from Ocosta. Glispey and Westlund will hold the mound for Schafer.
The first woman to have won such an honor, Mrs. Mamie Thompson of Montesano, assistant to the state deputy superintendent of public instruction, was elected president of the alumni association of the Western Washington College of Education at the institution’s annual reunion Saturday. She is the first alumni president since the last legislature changed the name from Bellingham Normal School. Mrs. Thompson served in Montesano as deputy county school superintendent.
50 years ago
Thursday, June 7, 1962
Jim McLean, one of the most active Active Club members, was elected the club’s new president Tuesday, June 5. McLean, Montesano automobile salesman, succeeds Bill Weaver as Activian chief.
Seven Montesano and Elma students will be graduated from Grays Harbor College at the school’s 32nd commencement.
This year’s class of 147 is the largest group of students in a graduating class ever at the college.
Montesanoans who will receive degrees are Mary Ann Metzger, associate in science; Linda Bargmeyer, associate in arts; Robert Becken, associate in science. Jerry Fritts, also from Monte, will receive a certificate of attendance.
Elma graduates are Ralph Roderick, associate in arts; Don Parks, associate in arts, and Marilyn Day, associate in general studies.
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar A. Moe of Elma will observe their silver wedding anniversary Sunday afternoon, June 17, from 2 to 5 o’clock at the Elma Grange Hall, Fourth and Waldrip streets.
The hosts for the open house party will be their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Duane Dorsing, and their sons, Denny and Ronnie. There will be a short musical program during the second hour. All friends and relatives of the couple are invited.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Robecker, 418 Sylvia St. North, are the parents of a son, Mark Stephen, born May 25, weighing 9 pounds, 4 ounces. His paternal grandparents re Mr. and Mrs. Charles Heacox, and Mr. and Mrs. Rellias Puller are his maternal grandparents. Mrs. Mary Robecker of Montesano and Mrs. Ellen Knoph of Aberdeen are his great-grandmothers.
25 years ago
Thursday, June 11, 1987
It was cake and coffee and many fond farewells last Friday as the public joined Chris Pickering and his crew in honoring Tena Shaw on her retirement from Pick-Rite Thriftway in Montesano, after 15 years of dedicated service. Tena, besides being head bookkeeper, was known for helping to keep everything running smoothly over the years and always having a friendly smile for everyone.
The ITT Rayonier Foundation has awarded its $6,000, four-year scholarship for the Grays Harbor area to Darren Evan Carnell, an Elma High School senior and class valedictorian. Carnell, 18, is the son of John and Carol Carnell of McCleary. He plans to study economics and political science at the University of Washington in preparation for law school.
During school, Carnell earned a 4.0 grade point average, ranking him first in his class. He supplemented high school courses with college classes at The Evergreen State College and South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia. An Eagle Scout, he was also vice president of the Student Council and Future Business Leaders of America, president of the Physics Club, a Knowledge Bowl All-Star and team captain and vice president and financial coordinator of the Speech and Debate Team. He has received numerous awards at state, district, regional and national speech and debate competitions.