120 years ago
Friday, April 14, 1893
It is estimated that last year Arizona produced $3,000,000 in gold, $2,000,000 in silver and $4,500,000 in copper.
The value of the honey and wax produced in the United States during the past year has been estimated at $20,000,000.
A Paris newspaper offers prizes for the best design for a new issue of French postage stamps. The present stamps, issued in 1875, have always been subjected to much criticism.
100 years ago
Friday, April 18, 1913
TORNOW KILLED BUT GETS TWO OF POSSE
E. W. Mills, owner of Groveland Stock Farm, of the upper Satsop valley, winner of eight prizes for black percheron horses at last year’s county fair, the first of the week received from McLaughlin Bros., of Columbus, O., a splendid imported, black percheron stallion to add to his already excellent stud.
The efforts of Harbor commercial bodies have at last been rewarded by the announcement of the Oregon-Washington that this road will inaugurate on May 10 night trains to and from Grays Harbor, connecting at Centralia for Seattle and Portland. The train will be known as the “Lumberman’s Night Special” and will consist of two standard Pullman sleepers, a day coach and a baggage car.
75 years ago
Thursday, April 14, 1938
A $47,000 WPA project “for the elimination of unsanitary devices throughout Grays Harbor county” has been approved by President Roosevelt and certified to the comptroller general, according to a telegram received Wednesday from Senator Lewis B. Schwellenbach.
The project is for the purpose of constructing approximately 1,000 privies in rural districts of Grays Harbor county. About 500 have been built under a previous project, this making 1,500 in all.
Plans to blockade all vital Grays Harbor roads in case of a criminal hunt were unfolded at a meeting of county peace officers held here recently.
Included is a central station at the sheriff’s office to receive all calls and dispatch all alarms. All officers in the county will be supplied cards, naming positions at which roads will be blocked.
50 years ago
Thursday, April 18, 1963
Bright and early this Monday morning, trucks started delivering new equipment to the Main street location, north of Pioneer, where Cleo Rhoads will open his new Rhoads Food Mart.
Rhoads plans to open his food center, catering to both cash and credit customers, next week.
Two major Grays Harbor projects — the Wynooche dam and the south jetty — were given strong impetus at a conference Wednesday evening among federal and local officials.
The annual Sylvia Lake trout fishing derby, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will be held here on Sunday, April 28, one week after the official opening of the season.
Thousands of legal size rainbows will be waiting for the annual onslaught by youngsters to whom many prizes will be awarded.
Eleven members of Boy Scouts troop 16, sponsored by the Lions club, put in several busy hours Saturday weeding and fertilizing the many tree tubs on downtown sidewalks in Montesano.
As result, the array of small Douglas firs, emblematic of Montesano as the birthplace of tree farming, will put on good growth this coming season.
25 years ago
Thursday, April 14, 1988
Whether or not the county will allocate $25,000 this year toward subsidizing ambulance service outside the various cities, will be decided at a public hearing to be held Monday, May 2, according to a decision reached Monday by county commissioners. Under current plans, the Grays Harbor Transit Authority will fund the program with $50,000, which was approved last week, and the county will add $25,000 if the public hearing is approved.
A different approach to repairing dangerous sidewalks in Montesano will be undertaken this summer in the wake of a decision Tuesday evening by the city council.
At the recommendation of Bob Manley, Public Works director, the department will continue to send notices to property owners whose sidewalks have been deemed to be in disrepair and in need of immediate action. But, instead of the owner paying the complete cost of such a project, and in many instances the sidewalks not always being of the same level, the city will pay the cost of removing the damaged walk, level and ballast the area with gravel. The only cost to be borne by the property owner will be that of the concrete.
10 years ago
Thursday, April 17, 2003
An optimistic construction schedule once called for the State Route 8 overpass in McCleary to be completed by March 2003.
John Cocchi, superintendent for Seattle-based Scarsella Brothers Inc., admitted when the project began last July the timeline was optimistic. “We’re scheduled right now to be done next March,” he said at that time. “But it’s weather dependent.”
Authorities believe a potential anthrax situation last week in Junction City was nothing, but are investigating it to make sure.
Undersheriff Rick Scott with the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office said last Friday’s incident is being looked at.
“It’s probably nothing, but until we know more we’re treating it as a legitimate situation,” he noted.
Ten free oak trees will be given to each person who joins The National Arbor Day Foundation during the month of April 2003. The free oaks are part of the non-profit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign and are being given in recognition of the oak’s selection as the People’s Choice for America’s National Tree.