120 Years Ago
Aug. 4, 1893
The Steamer Chehalis, which went to the Sound a few weeks ago from Grays Harbor, was run into last Saturday by the steamer Ellis. Captain Seymour filed a libel in the U.S. district court against the Ellis, for the sum of $68, the amount of damages claimed.
The fishing party composed of Messrs. E.A. Bacon, E.H. Story, C.N. Wilson, of this city, and Walter Agnew, of Olympia, returned Friday evening from the Satsop. They brought back over two hundred trout, many of which weighed three and three and a-half pounds.
While at the beach last week Judge Irwin was informed that Joseph Stockhammer, of Hoquiam, had shown symptoms of insanity for some time past, and that he was growing worse. The judge returned to Montesano Monday and instructed the sheriff to bring Stockhammer up for examination. Deputy Pettijohn went down Monday but found that Stockhammer had left several days previous for San Francisco, going by boat. Stockhammer was a clarionet player in Gamage’s orchestra.
100 Years Ago
Aug. 1, 1913
The store room formerly occupied by the Nifty has been rented by Mrs. Will Kellerman, of Elma, who will open a millinery establishment in the place. Mrs. Kellerman is an experienced milliner and will carry an up-to-date line of goods.
Two barrels of beer consigned to the cook at one of the hotels at Pacific Beach were seized the first of the week by deputy sheriffs at the depot at Pacific and brought to this city to be used as evidence in a case to be filed in superior court. The charge will be that of shipping liquor into a dry unit. The railway company will probably be made a party in the suit.
There will be a base ball game at the local park Sunday afternoon between Montesano and McCleary teams. McCleary has a very strong aggregation this year and has been playing fast ball. They are claiming the championship of this section of the country and, with the home boys going at a terrific clip just now, the game should be highly interesting. Turn out and see the best game of the season and give your support to the team.
75 Years Ago
Aug. 4, 1938
Oliver, the five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Miller, was critically injured early last Friday evening when he was run over by a car driven by Eli Skaramucca. The accident happened on First Street near the American bakery, where the boys were playing. Skaramucca had just turned into First Street and was going about 15 miles an hour, it was reported. He stopped so quickly that the wheel was still on the boy.
First aid was given here and he was taken to St. Joseph’s hospital where he was operated on for a punctured liver. He also sustained several rib fractures. The hospital reported this Thursday he is doing well.
Perry G. McGee has improved the equipment of his Smokeshop here by the addition of a wine cooler and is now able to serve wines properly chilled.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 1, 1963
The new teletype system in the Grays Harbor County sheriff’s office is being inaugurated this Thursday morning, giving the county’s law enforcement headquarters the most modern communication system with similar offices throughout the seven western states.
This year’s Grays Harbor district fair will feature two performances on Saturday, August 17, by Polack Bros Circus. One of the highlights of this large traveling circus will be the presentation of 17 lions and tigers, handled by wild animal trainer Pat Anthony. Thrills a’plenty are in store for Harbor fair-goers when Anthony steps in the steel cage with 8700 pounds of unleashed jungle fury and engages the snarling cats and dangerous hand-to-claw encounters.
25 Years Ago
Aug. 4, 1988
Apparently the county courthouse will be lighted with Christmas lights come December 2 and 3 when Montesano celebrated the second annual Festival of Lights.
Last year the county commissioners were unable to come up with the necessary funds at the last minute but were able through donations to finance the purchase of the luminaries that lined the walkways with candlelight for the event.
In a letter to the commissioners Monday, Margaret Downey and Georgette Wolcott pointed out that their committee had been able to raise over $500 toward the necessary $1,000 need to light the courthouse and asked the board for their approval of the project and the necessary manpower to string the lights.
10 Years Ago
Aug. 7. 2003
The Grays Harbor County Board of Health on Monday approved a mosquito-borne disease plan to address the possible threat of West Nile Virus disease.
The plan adopts the Washington State Mosquito-borne Disease Response Plan as a framework, but the differences in the county’s plan is that it is a phased response that depends on education/information, surveillance and mosquito control.