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Pages of the Past — 06/21/12

120 years ago,

Friday, June 24, 1892

Some funny bills are occasionally presented to the county commissioners. For instance, at the present session, a bill for damages was presented by one party, owing to the survey of a county road through his property. The cause of complaint was that the road run through his farm ruined his proposed orchard and would necessitate the removal of his proposed building site. For this proposed damage to his proposed improvements, it was proposed that the county give him $300. The proposition was not accepted.

A visit to the farms of C.V. and H.C. Minkler a few days ago was made just at the right time to enjoy a feast of fruit as well as the unaffected hospitality of these friends. The cherry trees on the farm of C.V. Minkler were literally loaded with ripe fruit, although about five bushels had already been gathered from them. Quite a force was at work in H.C. Minkler’s place, gathering strawberries. He has about an acre and a half of this fruit ripening, but he has shipped about 1,000 quarts of berries to harbor towns this season.

On a point above these places can be had one of the finest views along the river — Montesano to the west, Elma to the east, the snow-capped Olympics to the north, while almost at your feet stretch some of the finest farms in the county.

City Clerk Lamb has a new Remington typewriter.

100 years ago,

Friday, June 21, 1912

State law will be enforced in this county. There is a state law, which prescribes a speed limit for automobiles of 24 miles an hour, and this law is to be strictly enforced by our county commissioners.

Officers with motorcycles will be stationed along the county road, with instructions to arrest all auto drivers who fail to comply with the law. This action has been found necessary because of the great damage being done the roads by the rapid transit of automobiles over them.

If the speed limit of 24 miles per hour is exceeded, the offender will be given the opportunity of contributing to the county Road Fund and thus be made to help pay the expense of the repair to the road he damages.

A very novel feature of last week was the reception given the “Girls’ Needle Club” on Tuesday evening by Lawrence Snow, assisted by his sister, Violet. The waiting room and platforms of the O. & W. Depot served as a reception hall and parlors. Six boys entered a contest for the best needleman. First prize was won by Lloyd Seymour.

Refreshments were served, after which active games were played and enjoyed by all. Those present were Wendell Snow, Lloyd Seymour, Clifford Brisco, George Murphy, Jim Brisco, Lawrence Snow, Edith Seymour, Agnes Johnson, Fred Seymour, Luella Brisco, Violet Snow, Clara Johnson, Francis Olson, Thressia Thompson, Bennie Seymour, Maud Thompson, George Brisco, Olof Hanson, David Olson, John Snow, Rose Snow and Marie Olson.

75 years ago,

Thursday, June, 24,1937

An outstanding honor came recently to Norman H. Green, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Green of Malone. Young Green, who was graduated two weeks ago from Oregon State College, Corvallis, has been selected for a biographical sketch in the “Who’s Who” among students in American universities and colleges.The selection was made by an unprejudiced committee on the bases of scholarship, extra-curricular activities, athletics and future possibilities. He is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Alpha Delta Sigma and Blue Keys fraternities.

Jasper Fry returned to his home here Saturday and will remain a week before returning to Seattle for medical treatment. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fry drove to Seattle to bring Mr. Fry and his sister, Mrs. Lena Mace, home.

Miss Nellie Mae Lamb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lamb, became the bride of Mr. Nels Ivar Thomason of Elma at a simple ceremony read last Saturday, June 19, by the Rev. W.D. McDowell at the First Congregational Church parsonage in Aberdeen. Mr. Irvin Lindley of Elma and Miss Erva Lamb were the couple’s only attendants.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Thomason are graduates of Montesano High School. Mr. Thomason is employed at the Texaco service station in Elma, and Mrs. Thomason, who is a graduate of Bellingham Normal School, taught in the Melbourne schools last year. She has also taught at Elma and at Artic.

50 years ago,

Thursday, June 21,1962

Father’s Day guests of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Furnia Jr. were their parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Reid from Aberdeen and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Furnia Sr.

Montesano’s sixth annual Dairy Day last Saturday, with favorable weather, eclipsed all that had gone before in all categories. A record crowd, estimated at upwards of 3,000, enjoyed the longest and most stirring parade and other events, including TV clown, J.P. Patches & company, a horse event by the Grays Harbor Saddle Club, a carnival, the Active Club dunk tank, free milk and coffee, pronto pups and evening square dancing.

Thanks were voiced by Don Thomasson and Pete Cooper, co-chairmen. Prize winners in the parade were announced by Floyd Svinth, master of ceremonies:

4-H floats — Elma Busy Beavers, $25; South Monte Hillbillies, $15; Brady Hoe & Grow, $10. Other entries received $5 each. The Wynooche Valley 4-H Club received $25 for an entry of livestock, the only livestock entry.

Commercial floats — Grays Harbor Jersey Cattle Club, $25; Stancotto Accordion Band, $15; Central Park Grange, $10.

Kiddies Division — Ages 3-5, Beth Stenblom, first; Karen Murphy, second; Leon Fullner, third. Ages 6-8, Jennifer Glessner, first; Billy Fullner, second; Bradley Chism, third; Paula Arnold, fourth. Ages 9-12, Gregory Nelson children, first; Brent Goeres, second; Becky Andrijasevich and Betty Hammock, third; Diane Edwards, fourth.

Rachel LaVering, Humptulips, won a Holstein heifer given by the First National Bank as an inspirational award.

25 years ago,

Thursday, June 18, 1987

Phil and Jenny Bullington of Aberdeen will observe their 25th wedding anniversary June 30. Celebrating the occasion with them will be their sons-in-law and daughters, Mike and Barb Mattson of Montesano, Mike and Kim Adams of Montesano, Bob and Tracey Sundberg of Nevada and Joe and Bev Miller of Aberdeen; their son, Zane Bullington of Alaska, and their grandchildren, Jenny, Kadi, Michael, Bryan and Jimmy.

Larry Knowles has been named as April’s Volunteer of the month by the advisory council of the Montesano Community School. Volunteer coordinator of the men’s basketball class for the past five quarters, “his consistent, dependable efforts have been greatly appreciated,” it was noted.