120 years ago
Friday, Oct. 14, 1892
Mrs. L.M. Goodwin and Mrs. D.L. Glenn are receiving a visit from their parents, Reuben Hargrove and wife, and also two sisters, who arrived Sunday afternoon from Cloverdale, Kan. They will remain in Montesano for some time and may decide to locate here permanently.
The Chronicle says that at a Democratic meeting in Elma last week, one of the speakers held the audience “enthralled for over an hour with his eloquence.” Remarkable orator that — a local man, too. No one ever accused him of such wonderfully “enthralling” powers before. Gladstone, McKinley and even Mrs. Lease are outdone. Wonderful! (The writer did not, however, say who the speaker was.)
The Fair View School will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America in a fitting manner. Through the efforts of Norman Gilkey, a beautiful flag has been secured for the school, and one of the exercises on Columbus Day will be raising the flag upon the schoolhouse with appropriate ceremonies. The teacher, J.W. Davies, is training the pupils on the official program, and a good patriotic time is assured. There will be a basket picnic at the schoolhouse also. The district across the Wynooche will join in the exercises of the day.
100 years ago
Friday, Oct. 11, 1912
OAKVILLE — Miss Gertrude Harlan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Newell Harlan, editor of the Oakville Cruiser, and A.C. Miller, proprietor of the Oakville Barbershop and Sugar Bowl, were quietly married at the home of the bride’s parents Tuesday, Rev. Simmons of the Methodist-Episcopal Church officiating. They will go to housekeeping in a cottage belonging to Mr. Miller in the east end of town.
SATSOP — Satsop is to have an up-to-date picture show. It will open Saturday evening, Oct. 12, and will be followed by a dance. Prof. Wanichek of the Elite Theatre, Montesano, with his orchestra, will furnish the music, and the people of this section ought to show their appreciation of the enterprise by liberal patronage. These entertainments will be given every Saturday night in the future.
Now it turns out that some of our would-be prospectors were just railroad surveyors, and the prospects are that we will have a railroad in the Wynooche Valley inside of a year.
75 years ago
Thursday, Oct. 14, 1937
Impressively simple rites were Montesano’s farewell to Mrs. Eliza Miller Howell Sharp, wife of Dr. Charles E. Sharp, Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Sharp died at the family home on Spruce Avenue last Friday evening after a long illness.
Years of her life were spent in Korea, where she was a missionary from 1900 to 1921, when she and Dr. Sharp came to the Presbyterian church here. It was in the Orient that she met Dr. Sharp and was married to him at Seoul in 1902. Together they continued their ministry there, living in Chairyung from 1909 to 1921. The last 16 years, she was a resident of Montesano, being an active leader in church and other work until her illness.
Life also played its part Tuesday. On the same day sorrowing relatives and friends were saying farewell to Mrs. Sharp, her granddaughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Sharp Jr. at Concrete. She has been named Caroline Elizabeth.
50 years ago
Thursday, Oct. 11, 1962
County Commissioner C. Tab Murphy was master of ceremonies of a damp ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the Cloquallum Creek bridge, officially opening the new stretch of freeway from Elma to McCleary. Gov. Albert Rosellini dedicated the new freeway in a brief speech before dignitaries and a crowd of about 100 persons who braved the gusty gales and rain.
“This Elma-McCleary section of Highway 410 is being completed right on schedule. The Olympia-Aberdeen Freeway, when completed, will enable one-third of the population of the state to drive to the Pacific Ocean in what will average out to slightly more than an hour’s time,” the governor said.
Mr. and Mrs. John Tagman are happy to announce the arrival of their first grandchild, Carmen Jean Haynie, born to Mr. and Mrs. David Haynie of Montesano, on Oct. 4. Carmen weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Haynie, are also living in Montesano.
25 years ago
Thursday, Oct. 15, 1987
Brian D. Baxter, 31, of Montesano died at an area hospital Oct. 6 from head and chest injuries suffered in a logging accident. He had been working for the Downhill Logging Co. in the North River area.
SATSOP — Monday, all students of all grades who had their work completed went to Aberdeen for pizza. Mrs. Hendrick and Mrs. Wolfe took them. On Tuesday, the fourth grade took the State Achievement Test; Friday, the staff all attended an in-service meeting at Grapeview. All week, the kids have been selling “I Love Satsop” pins, and the money will go into the fund for school projects.