120 years ago
Friday, Sept. 2, 1892
ELMA — Born on the 22 inst. (Aug. 22) to the wife of County Superintendent F.A. White, a fine boy.
William Price, son of B.F. Price, who resides on the river a short distance below Elma, died on Tuesday afternoon of quick consumption, after an illness of only three months. The funeral occurred Wednesday at 3 o’clock p.m., W.H. Ruddle and Charles H. Fuller performing the last offices in the presence of a large number of sympathizing friends of the family. The remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellow’s Cemetery just east of the city. Deceased was 23 years of age.
100 years ago
Friday, Aug. 30, 1912
SOUTH MONTESANO — R. D. Jackson left yesterday for Humptulips, where he has been selected as principal of the school.
The reported drowning of a young boy at the docks last Saturday afternoon proved to be unfounded. Some boys had been playing on the boom logs during the afternoon, and one of the lads reported that a companion had not come to the shore from the logs. Investigation failed to disclose his whereabouts, and the conclusion was jumped at that he might have been drowned. There were no signs that he had fallen in, however, and later developments failed to disclose a missing lad. Several boys were named as being the drowned youth, but they all put in an appearance at the evening meal.
75 years ago
Thursday, Sept. 2, 1937
Montesano city officials are considering the possibility of being hosts to President Roosevelt here late this month.
If he visits Montesano en route to the Olympic Peninsula, as has been announced, it will be the first time that a president of the United States will have been the guest of this city.
Due to lack of cooperation on the part of the salmon, which are only now starting upstream, an extension of the time of the Chehalis River Salmon Derby was announced yesterday by Claude H. Vanderpool, chairman of the Grays Harbor Game Protective Association’s committee in charge. Finals will not be run off until Sunday, Oct. 3.
During the second week of the contest, three fish were caught, all by Elma sportsmen. All were small jack salmon weighing three pounds each. Due to this identical weight, it will be necessary for their captor, Benn Williamson, Ralph Pearson and Dr. R.E. Barker, to choose the winner among themselves.
Salaries of Montesano school teachers, exclusive of administrative salaries, are increased approximately 16 percent this year, compared with last year.
The total salary budget for instructors for 1937-38 is $35,330, compared with $30,475 the year before for the same number of teachers.
50 years ago
Thursday, Aug. 30,1962
The sudden death of Mrs. Gracie Ann Wilkins last Sunday morning wrote finis to the life of one of Montesano’s oldest native-born residents. Mrs. Wilkins was 82 years old and was born June 30, 1880, at Sylvia Lake where her father and mother, James N. and Minnie Luark Wilder had homesteaded on what is now the campsite of Lake Sylvia State Park.
She is survived by 105 descendants, including 10 children, 37 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
When it comes to civic beautification, Montesano knows no limits. For proof, take a look through the manhole cover at the northeast corner of Main and Marcy.
All the way down to the level of the storm sewer water, you’ll see as nice a crop of ferns as ever graced a manhole. At first glance, they look like maidenhair, but our fern expert says they aren’t.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Dalton were married Sunday, Aug. 19, at the First Presbyterian Church in Montesano. Mrs. Dalton is the former Joan Carol Winiecki, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Winiecki. The groom is the son of Mrs. Wanda Dalton of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Max Dalton of Longview.
The city barn still belongs to the city. At Tuesday night’s council meeting, city officials voted to void the sale of the property to Wesley R. Rounds & Associates, developers of the new shopping center site. The council took the action after Rounds officials failed to meet contract deadlines.
25 years ago
Thursday, Sept. 3, 1987
The Washington State Wildlife Department will dedicate the Chehalis Valley Wildlife area, which is located at the south end of Schouweiler Road near the Chehalis River, on Friday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m., according to a department spokesman.
The 168-acre site was purchased with funds from the Wildlife Department and Ducks Unlimited, with part of the funds coming from the sale of duck stamps. The site was formerly known as the Greenhead Hunting and Fishing Club.
Montesano schools opened Tuesday, Sept. 1, with a total of 1,442 students in attendance. At the high school, 649 students made it to the first day of classes, while 405 were counted at Simpson Avenue Elementary and 388 at Beacon Avenue Elementary. Attendance for the district at the opening of school last year was 1,476, Bev Goble, district secretary, said.