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Pages of the Past — 3/27/2014

120 Years Ago

March 30, 1894

Chicken thieves are abroad again. The pilferers seem to have either tired of the canned fruit they stole during the winter, or run short on their supply. At any rate, they took three chickens Sunday night from C.N. Byles, and on Monday night visited the roosts of Mr. McKinney, taking several fowls. Some one may yet get hurt if they are caught at their deviltry.

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Elma society is stirred up over an outrage committed by some imps of Satan in taking two little boys (one three, the other six years old) into the saloon and making them drunk. At one time fears were entertained for the life of the younger one. What punishment is too severe for such outrageous acts? It is to be hoped that all parties concerned will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. It seems time that the temperance people should arouse themselves.

100 Years Ago

March 27, 1914

A complaint was filed Tuesday in superior court against John Parker charging him with robbery. It is alleged the man held up Chas. Alexander on the bridge at Aberdeen and after taking his valuables threw him into the river. Parker was brought to Montesano and lodged in jail.

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A.W Barkley, an Aberdeen merchant, and Ross Sweet narrowly escaped death when an automobile they were driving last Sunday plunged into Sylvia Creek just west of this city at the bridge on the county road. The steering gear on the car gave way and the machine crashed through the railing of the bridge, turning bottom side up as it fell into the creek. The men were buried beneath the machine, but there was very little water in the stream and they managed to escape without serious damage. Both men were stunned by the fall and had the water been high they would no doubt have drowned, as it was several minutes before they recovered sufficiently to crawl from under the wrecked car.

75 Years Ago

March 30, 1939

So many requests have been received by the Montesano schools from Aberdeen parents seeking to send their children here in event Aberdeen schools close for want of funds, the Montesano school board has been forced to refuse to accept any.

The original announcement that the school system would accommodate as many students as possible resulted in a flood of applications. With many school rooms here already crowded to capacity, it was decided that it would not be fair to some from outside the district and not all.

Superintendent E.H. Quigley announced the board’s decision.

50 Years Ago

March 26, 1964

It’s a little embarrassing, but comforting, when your pet goes astray in Alaska and then beats you home to Montesano.

This was experienced by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Valentine and son Andy when, about to board a ferry in Sitka, they discovered Sikim, their Siamese cat, missing.

A hurried search of the dock area and ferry failed to disclose Sikim’s whereabouts, so a worried Valentine family proceeded on their journey without him.

Upon arriving in Montesano, they found that Sikim had been home for two days.

It seems that after the Sitka ferry pulled away from the pier, Sikim was found by Mrs. Ralph Valentine, who crated him up and put him on a jet flight to Seattle. He was met at the airport by R.H. Valentine, who cared for him until the Michael Valentines reached Montesano.

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Due to widespread cases of flu, measles and mumps among school children in Montesano, there will be no Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday at the ball park.

Officials from Odd Fellows and Fern Rebekah Lodge, sponsors of the event over the years, said it was with much regret that it has been found necessary to cancel it this year.

25 Years Ago

March 30, 1989

If everything goes as planned, the Simpson Avenue Bridge in Hoquiam will reopen to traffic this Friday at 7 a.m. Mayor Phyllis Shrauger is slated to cut the ribbon, opening the bridge, which was closed for repair work last January.

Quigg Brothers of Aberdeen, the contractor on the $519,000 project, replaced the 193-foot steel center span of the bridge during the closure period.

The opening will come one day before the spring razor clam digging season at the county’s beaches is due to begin.

10 Years Ago

March 19, 2004

Now that the Bo Griffith Gymnasium is officially named, the junior and senior class leaders at Montesano High School are perusing plaques and planning a dedication ceremony.

There seems to be a growing enthusiasm to have a short ceremony during graduation, but the students say they haven’t officially proposed that yet.

“Boy, am I happy,” Tyler Trimble, junior class vice president, said later, after the School Board unanimously agreed at its March 18 meeting to name the gym after the late Beam “Bo” Griffith.

Deborah Griffith said the tribute is a fitting and appropriate memorial to her late husband.

“Bo never would have asked for or expected this,” she said, “but he was a man who cared about kids more than anything, and I know he would be honored.”

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The cost of a gallon of premium unleaded has reached the $2 mark in East County. Around the state, the average price for premium is $1.97 with a gallon of regular hovering around $1.81, according to AAA.

East County gas stations charged $1.79 to $1.81 this week for a gallon of regular unleaded. A gallon of premium reached $2.01 at Texaco, Union 76 and Chevron in Montesano in the last week.