120 years ago
Friday, Dec. 30, 1892
Instead of the usual public Christmas trees on Christmas Eve, this year there were quite a number of family and neighborhood trees.
Frank Blair and John Glenn, students at Holmes Business College, Portland, are spending the holiday vacation with their parents.
Christmas passed off very quietly; so far during the holidays not a single arrest has been made in Montesano.
J.J. Worthington, who has been in charge of the Montesano House for the past year, will retire on Jan. 4 when his lease expires. This will be generally regretted, for Montesano never had a more popular landlord than Mr. Worthington. It is to be hoped that his retirement from the hotel business here will not be permanent. We understand that Mrs. Watkins, the owner of the house who managed the same for many years, will conduct the hotel.
100 years ago
Friday, Dec. 27, 1912
In one of the cleanest and hardest fought basketball games ever witnessed in Montesano, the local athletic organization last Monday evening defeated the Satsop team by a score of 26 to 17. From start to finish, the play was crisp and clean cut, and very little rough stuff was pulled off. The local boys had the edge on Satsop from the first toss although the first half ended evenly with a score of 10 to 9 in favor of Monte. In the second half, the locals registered 16 points to Satsop’s 8.
Monte’s score was made as follows: Veatch 4 field baskets, Maloney 4 baskets, Marshall 1 basket and Maloney 8 points off fouls.
Satsop scored as follows: Saunders 1 basket, Martin 2 baskets, A. Poundstone 1 basket, Hutchinson 1 basket, Saunders 7 points on fouls.
At the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Tuttle in Montesano at 3 p.m. on Christmas day occurred the marriage of their youngest daughter, Miss Fern Orpha, to Arthur L. Fitzgerald. The bride was attended by her sisters, Misses Alice and Enid Tuttle, and the groomsmen were Walter Robertson and Albert Ross.
The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. P.J. Fitzgerald of Oakville. After a short wedding trip to Seattle, the newlyweds will be at home in a residence in the west part of the city, newly fitted up by the groom.
The drawing for the centerpiece and large doll at the Variety Store was the center of a great deal of interest Christmas Eve. Miss Effie Smith was the fortunate holder of the number 8528, which secured the doll, and Mrs. Albert Arland held number 8493 and was awarded the centerpiece.
75 years ago
Thursday, Dec. 30, 1937
Gov. Clarence D. Martin and Mrs. Flora E. Arland will be the principal speakers at the annual Jackson Day banquet of the Grays Harbor Democrats, which will be held at Zella and Nig’s, west of Hoquiam, Thursday evening, Jan. 5, according to Ernest Sawyer, committee chairman. Plans are being made for a dinner of at least 200 covers. Mrs. George D. Able is in charge of the ticket sale, and reservations may be made with Andrew Winberg at the Aberdeen Federal Savings & Loan.
Fifty years ago New Year’s Day, a newly married couple moved to their new home in the Satsop Valley. They were Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Schafer, and Mrs. Schafer will observe her golden anniversary of living on the same farm New Year’s Day. Her daughters will honor her with an open house, to which all of her friends are invited.
Mr. and Mrs. Schafer were married Christmas Day, 1887, at the home of her parents, near Satsop. The house on the farm up the valley had already been built, and a week later they moved to it. Mr. Schafer continued to operate it until his death in 1923, and she has run the place since.
The house was a two-room affair. It was 16 by 24 feet in extent. A partition divided it in the middle, and one half was used for living purposes, the other as a milk house. The stove, an old-fashioned cook stove, had one lid, and the other three holes were covered with pieces of tin.
Mrs. Daisy Foss, Miss Florence Foss and Merton Foss were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Foss on Christmas.
Montesano and Grays Harbor celebrated their first white Christmas in 15 years, followed almost immediately by one of the most severe wind and rainstorms of record. Snow and freezing temperatures marked Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and lasted until Monday morning, when rain started. During the afternoon, the wind rose rapidly and by 5 o’clock was blowing a 60-mile gale, accompanied by a driving rain, which brought the week’s rainfall to more than 10 inches. Shortly before 6 p.m. the lights went out because of a break on First Street North. There were other minor breaks, and the Christmas lights at Marcy Avenue and First Street fell down.
The old custom of caroling was carried out again this Christmastide in Montesano. The Girl Scouts caroled last Wednesday evening under the leadership of Mrs. A.E. Anderson. Thursday evening, a group of young people from the Bethel Pentecostal Church and other churches sang before the lighted windows of Montesano homes.
50 years ago
Thursday, Dec. 27, 1962
The Park Café, facing Fleet Memorial Park, will reopen on Jan. 7 under the ownership and management of Mrs. Golda Miller. It will feature home-cooking and homemade pies. Purchase of the property from Norman Glenn was recently concluded. Mrs. Miller has had 25 years’ experience in restaurant work.
Mrs. Bessie Frances Zeman, 74, a resident of the Montesano area since 1914, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 26, in an Aberdeen hospital after a week’s illness. Mrs. Zeman was born Dec. 31, 1887, in Bohemia, coming to the United States in 1907. She lived at East Bernard, Texas, for five years and was married in Aberdeen in 1911 to Victor F. Zeman, who died in May 1959. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Helen Nichols, and a son, Willis Zeman, both of Route 1 Montesano; another son, Jerry Zeman lives in Tacoma.
Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Ensley celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16, at their home, with a few close friends and relatives coming in to wish them well. They also received many long distance phone calls from friends. Spurgeon Ensley and Miss Isabelle Browning were married at Hartford, Wash., on Dec. 16, 1912. Miss Browning had come from Sylva, N.C., to join her fiancé who was visiting his sister, Mrs. Arthur Hooper. The two had met while in high school in North Carolina. The Rev. Mr. Replogle read the marriage service at the Friends Quaker Church, with Mr. and Mrs. Hooper, former Montesano residents, attending. The Ensleys lived about a year at Hartford, then went back to Sylva a few years, coming to Montesano in 1924.
25 years ago
Thursday, Dec. 31, 1987
Buck and Brenda Wilder, who are parents of a new daughter, Kelli Marie, are staying with the new grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wilder. The other grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bill Oien of Matlock. The baby was born Dec. 17 at University Hospital.
Mary Fran Lewis, who has been visiting her parents in Montesano for the holidays, will present a slide show of her five-week trip to Nepal this past year on Sunday evening at 6 o’clock at the Montesano Methodist Church. The public is invited to attend. The slides will include close looks at many remote villages, as well as views of the Himalaya Mountains and the Kathmamdu Valley, where Ms. Lewis was a guest of her brother George and his family.