Chehalis Valley Historical Museum | For The Vidette White Star Lumber Co. high climber John Newman is readying to climb a future spar tree on pass line with a main line block and trees strap. The set-up has an unusual strap for a main line block and a high climber’s rope seat. Jack Finney, assists.
120 years ago
Friday, July 1, 1892
Washington, D.C. — Sen. Allen of the state of Washington received from the treasury for transmission to Mrs. Martha White, in his state, a magnificent gold metal, engraved around its face with the words:
“In testimony of her heroic deeds in saving life from the perils of the sea,” and on the face of the shield with the words:
“To Mrs. Martha White, for heroic deeds in rescuing three men from drowning.”
Mrs. White saved the lives of three sailors of the wrecked ship, Ferndale, off Grays Harbor.
J.A. Hutcheson will deliver an address at the celebration to be held in Oakville on the Fourth.
On July 4, Miss Morgan will open an ice cream parlor back of her millinery store, special rates by the quart to families. Entrance through the store.
Two hundred and ninety-seven berries are quite a number of strawberries to be found on one plant, yet this was true of a plant in the garden of W.H. Bush.
100 years ago
Friday, June 28, 1912
The first meeting of the Chehalis County Pioneer and Historical Association was held Tuesday of this week on the banks of the Wynooche River at the railroad bridge west of this city. The affair was in the nature of a picnic, an excellent basket dinner being enjoyed followed by an interesting business session. More than 300 people attended, about half of whom were members of the association.
The Montesano members of the association furnished strawberries, cream and coffee, the latter being donated by Esmond & Esmond.
The meeting being called to order by temporary chairman, M. J. Luark, the committee on constitution and by-laws reported their work as completed and read a draft of the articles. On motion, the constitution and by-laws were adopted as read.
The election of officers was then taken up, and the temporary organization was made permanent. The officers are M. J. Luark of Montesano, president; Mrs. E. P. French of Elma, secretary and treasurer; Mrs. C. N. Byles of Montesano, vice president of the First District; Samuel Benn of Aberdeen, vice president of the Second District; Mrs. H. H. Halbert of Hoquiam, vice president of the Third District; the Rev. McDermoth of Aberdeen, chaplain; A. E. Garrard of Hoquiam, historian. Three trustees were elected: J. W. Himes of Elma for a one-year term, Frank Peterson of Westport for a two-year term and J. E. Calder of Montesano for a three-year term.
The association was organized temporarily at Elma on May 7, with about 60 members, and at Tuesday’s meeting, 79 new members were enrolled.
75 years ago
Thursday, July 1, 1937
Before the flower-decked altar of St. Mark’s Church, Montesano, Miss Naomi Frances Snell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Butler Snell, became the bride of Mr. Marvin Joseph Butler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jent Samuel Butler of Porter, at 2:30 Sunday afternoon.
The bride’s matron of honor and only attendant was Mrs. William Craig of Ilwaco. Mr. Butler was attended by Mr. Leonard Wilson of Oakville.
The bride is a graduate of Montesano High School and Western Washington College of Education and has been a teacher of Washington School in Hoquiam.
Mr. Butler is a graduate of Oakville High School and is a salesman for the Mumby Lumber Company in Malone.
A feature of the wedding was that the altar before which the vows were taken and the pews in the church were made of lumber furnished by Mr. Butler’s grandfather, Charles O. Butler, his father and his uncle, Jim C. Butler, who operated the Butler Lumber Company at Porter in the early days. They originally belonged to the Episcopal Church at Porter, which is now closed, and were brought here about 1907. The Butlers were members of the Porter church.
Dana Miner and Miss Dorothy Oakley were united in marriage before the Rev. C. E. Sharp at the Presbyterian manse in Montesano on Saturday afternoon, June. 19.
50 years ago
Thursday, June 28,1962
Mothers of Montesano Little League, in support of National Founders Day, will conduct a hot dog and Pepsi Cola sale in front of the former Rottle store on Main Street South, Saturday, June 30.
The stand will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One thin dime will buy both a hot dog and a Pepsi. Pickering’s and Townsend’s grocery stores are supplying the buns.
In charge of the sale plans by the mothers is Mrs. Ernie Vincent.
All proceeds will go to the National Little League headquarters in Williamsport, Pa., to support the nation-wide program. Boyd Rozen is chairman of Saturday’s event.
Mrs. Lettie C. Keith, 89, native daughter of Brady, died Monday, June 25, after an illness of six months, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Keith. She had lived her entire life in the Brady area.
Mrs. Keith was born Dec. 19, 1872, at the old home place at Wood’s Crossing, since named Brady, to William Thomas and Lucy Ann (Smith) Glenn. They came west from Maine by way of Cape Horn. The trip took over two years to complete.
She was married at a home wedding in July 1894 to George H. Keith, who died in 1919.
Besides her son, she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Nell VanLeer, Brady, and Mrs. Hester Carter, Ashland, Ore.; four brothers, all at Brady, Y. J. Glenn, Elias Glenn, Edwin Glenn and Gilbert Glenn; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon at the Whiteside Chapel in Elma, with the Rev. Glenn Tilton officiating. Interment was in the family plot in the Satsop Cemetery.
25 years ago
Thursday, July 2, 1987
Air Force Airman 1st Class Jefferey V. Hunter, son of Verne and Ethel J. Hunter of McCleary, has been named airman of the month for the 366th Aircraft Generation Squadron.
Hunter is an aircraft armament systems specialist at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.
The selection is based on the individual’s exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership and qualities, significant self-improvement and other accomplishments.
His wife, Joni, is the daughter of Raymond L. and Jerry A. Morse of Aberdeen.
Hunter is a 1981 graduate of Elma High School.
Randy and Ardell McDougall of Wishkah announce the birth on June 8 at St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, of an 8 pound, 15 ounce daughter. Their first child, the infant has been named Julie Ann.
Grandparents are Jess and Faith Mathews of Montesano and Duane and Nancy McDougall of Aberdeen.
Great-grandparents are Bertha Mathews of Montesano, Clarence and Grace Cookston, also of Montesano, and Lila McDougall of Aberdeen.