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120 years ago

Friday, Jan. 27, 1893

SHARON — Mr. Robinson of Elma was in Sharon the first of this week. It is said that he has rented the Wylie farm. Thos. Wylie will move his family to Elma.

SATSOP — The farmers are taking advantage of the fine weather to do their spring plowing.

Household hints:

• To see if a cake is done, a much better way than inserting the splint of a broom is to pull the pan gently forward and put the ear close to it. If there is a hissing sound, put the cake back into the oven until it ceases. When bread or cake is thoroughly baked, there will be no sound.

• In bottling catsup or pickles, boil the corks and while hot you can press them into the bottles. And when cold, they are tightly sealed. Use the tinfoil from compressed yeast to cover the corks.

• A small piece of charcoal placed in a pot when boiling cabbage will prevent any disagreeable odor.

100 years ago

Friday, Jan. 24, 1913

The following marriage licenses were issued during the week to C.E. DeMass, Cina L. Waterston, Aberdeen; R.L. Wyrick, Mamie Armstrong, Aberdeen; M.A. Graham, Centralia, Ada M. VanNest, Cosmopolis; Chas. R. Endicott, Monroe, Leafy Bushey, Malone; Aloysius Plantenberg, Josephine Smith, Aberdeen; A.L. Lindholm, Portland, Ore., Matilda L. Nelson, Green Bay, Wis.; Harry Eastburg, Rolling Bay, Helen M. Atwood, Aberdeen.

Two men and a boy last week tried to “work” Elma with a fake scheme to arouse the sympathies of the citizens and make them shell out their coin. They ran against a snag, however, and the men landed in the police court and are now charged with a serious offense in the superior court. The means of the attempted graft was a letter setting forth that the boy was a consumptive and unable to earn a living. A subscription list appended offered a chance for the gullible to assist the lad in his struggles with a cruel world. The boy was taken in charge by the police and confessed that the scheme was a fake. The men had picked him up at Aberdeen and brought him to Elma to start the work of roping in some easy money. The arrest of the two men followed the boy’s confession.

Mrs. J.T. Dillard, a pioneer Harbor resident who had spent 26 years on the North River and in Montesano, died at her home in this city early last Saturday morning. She had been ill only a few days and just previous to her death was seemingly improving. Short services conducted by the Rev. D.D. Rice were held at the Montesano residence Saturday afternoon, and the body was then taken to North River to her old home, where the funeral was held Monday. The deceased was 69 years and seven months of age. She leaves a husband and three children, Robert and Enoch Dillard of North River and J.F. Lewis of Flower Bluff, Texas. The deceased’s maiden name was Celina Autrui, and she was a native of Alabama. She was married to Mr. Dillard in 1865, and to this union were born four children, one daughter having preceded her mother in death.

75 years ago

Thursday, Jan. 27, 1938

John D. and Carl Schafer report that they have disposed of practically all the filbert crop produced on their farm in the Satsop Valley. The 1937 crop was the first commercial crop produced on the orchard and amounted to about a ton of fine, large, well-fill nuts. The orchard was planted about four years ago and has made a fine growth. The Schafers believe they have demonstrated the practicability of filberts as a crop for this region. The crop was disposed of through harbor trade channels, and more nuts could have been sold had they been available, Carl Schafer stated.

PORTER — Mrs. J.W. Thompson celebrated her 72nd birthday Sunday with all her children present except her son, Irvin, who is confined to a hospital in Hoquiam. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Thompson and four children, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Thompson and two sons, Mr. and Mrs. George Bernice and James Fellows of Seattle, Mrs. Lena Keegan and daughter, Emma Lou, and Mr. Duffy of Cosmopolis, Margaret Russell and Carl Hoffman of Aberdeen, Russell Burbee, all dinner guests. After-dinner guests to wish Mrs. Thompson many happy returns of the day were Mr. and Mrs. George Damitio of this community and their guest, James Damitio of Seattle.

50 years ago

Thursday, Jan. 24, 1963

Plans are under way for the creation of a five-county regional library system, provided voters ultimately approve, Ray McInnes, county rural librarian, revealed in a talk before the Montesano Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday in Walt’s Broiler. The counties involved would be Grays Harbor, Lewis, Thurston, Mason and Pacific. With the help of federal and state funds, such a system is now being prepared as a demonstration for two years, expected to start in June 1964, McInnes said. Headquarters for the five counties would be in Olympia. Locally, the rural libraries would continue to operate much as they do now, but with access to more books and services.

Tuesday morning, Officer Charles Mero of the Montesano Police Department dialed the fire department on his home telephone. The next thing he knew, he was listening to a weather report. He tried again and this time learned about snow conditions in a ski area. Finally, he gave up and reached the department via police radio in his car, parked outside. Jack Mempa, manager of the West Coast Telephone Company, said he had not yet been able to account for the vagrant weather report heard by Mero.

25 years ago

Thursday, Jan. 28, 1988

Staff Sgt. Mark and Gail Cochrane of Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of Montesano and Olympia, announce the birth of an 8 pound, nine ounce son on Jan. 12 at Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital in Anchorage. Named Michael Thomas, he joins a 6-year-old sister, Leslie. Grandparents are George and Drena Cochrane of Montesano and Christine King of Olympia. Great-grandparents are Clyde and Willa Biggs of Hoquiam.

After 33 years at Montesano’s Whitney’s Inc., Ruth Kelsey has decided to retire. A guiding force at Whitney’s since 1955, she and her husband, Forest, have been partners and owners of the company since 1927. Friends and customers are invited to stop by Whitney’s this Friday, Jan. 29, between 12:30 and 4 p.m. for a retirement party in her honor.