120 Years Ago
Aug. 18, 1893
The Northern Pacific Railroad seems inclined to discriminate against this section in freight rates. One instance has just come to our notice which is remarkable in that it is outrageous. The distance from Portland to Tacoma is nine miles greater than to Montesano, yet the rate for a double-deck car, loaded with sheep is but $40 to Tacoma, while Ninemire & Morgan were forced to pay $100 from Portland to Montesano, which would average about a cent a pound for sheep.
100 Years Ago
Aug. 15, 1913
Bert Cooksey, a logger and longshoreman of Aberdeen and a brother of Benjamin Cooksey of Montesano, was drowned in Little North River Sunday afternoon, while on a fishing expedition with companions from Aberdeen. Cooksey waded into the stream, while tending to his fish net, and then on a dare from his companions struck out into the deep water for a short swim. After a moment’s splashing in the water he suddenly called to a friend for help, but evidently was seized with cramps and was unable to hold onto the line that was thrown to him and sank from sight. The companions were unable to recover the body, after quite a bit of search, and left for Aberdeen to get help. A party from that city that went out to the Little North River Monday morning and succeeded in recovering the body, which was taken to Aberdeen.
75 Years Ago
Aug. 18, 1938
Loss of more than $23,000 in two days was caused by three disastrous fires in this vicinity. They were:
• The Brady Store, warehouse and garage building burned to the ground Thursday, with a loss of about $15,000.
• The Oliver Willis house at Melbourne, destroyed at the same time, with a loss of about $3,000.
• The Godfrey Studor barn in the Satsop Valley, destroyed early Tuesday morning, with a loss of about $5,000.
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An emergency appropriation for Sheriff Jeff Bartell for the purchase of supplies, particularly a tear gas machine gun, was started on its way Monday by the Grays Harbor county commissioners. Hearings will be held Sept. 6.
According to reports, this type of gas gun is a repeating affair, which moves around each time it is fired so in case of a riot, it would be possible to swing it in an arc on the mob.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 15, 1963
One hundred forty residents of southwest Montesano have signed a petition asking for a pushbutton type of stop signal at Pioneer avenue and Third street primarily for the use of school children crossing Pioneer.
The petition was presented to the city council Tuesday by Mrs. Mike Murphy and Mrs. Perry Crowell Jr.
“Cars, trucks, logging trucks and even county and state cars wouldn’t stop for us even when we were taking children across the street, holding their hands,” they told the council.
They were backed by Police Chief Bruce Curtright who said that if such a stop light isn’t approved, the crossing will be watched closely and arrests made for any traffic violations.
The petitioners were assured by the council that it would urge such a light, However, it was pointed out, the decision rests with the state Highway Department, which has jurisdiction over the highway streets through Montesano.
25 Years Ago
Aug. 18, 1988
The .68 inches of rain that fell on Montesano late Monday and Tuesday ended a period of 33 days in which there were no days when a measurable amount of wet stuff had fallen.
10 Years Ago
Aug. 21, 2003
The Elma Fire Department responded to a house fire Aug. 13 on the 1500 block of Anderson Street that allegedly started when a 4-year-old girl lit a small fire in the house’s adjacent shed to keep her Barbie dolls warm.
The fire quickly spread from the shed to the house. The tenant cleared her kids from the home and called 911.
No one was hurt in the blaze.