125 Years Ago
Aug. 24, 1894
At a meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank, held Monday night, it was voted to liquidate that institution at once. This has been the plan of the stockholders for some time, and practically means the consolidation of the two banks of this city. The Bank of Montesano is now the only banking institution in the town, but under the new arrangement it will be placed in a stronger condition. During the two years of its existence, First National did not pay as well as anticipated when organized, owing to the remarkable business depression through which it was forced to pass. But notwithstanding this severe drawback, and the fact that a new institution is always at a disadvantage, the bank has paid a small dividend.
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The new bell ordered some time since by the city for the use of the Montesano fire department, arrived a few days ago. It weighs 700 pounds and cost $150. The fire company has decided to hang at the corner of Main and Broad streets, if satisfactory to the council.
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E.A. Bacon has disposed of his drug business in this city to Dr. E.C. Story, who will conduct the same under the new firm name of the Story Drug Co. Mr. Bacon has not yet decided as to his future, but expects to go to Olympia for a while at least. He has many friends here who will regret the departure from Montesano, and who hope that he may yet find it to his advantage to remain here. Dr. Story informs us that he will add considerably to his present stock and will look after the business personally.
100 Years Ago
Aug. 21, 1914
Harold Allen, sixteen years of age, was arrested yesterday near Satsop on a charge of stealing some fruit from the store of W.F. Palin. The young lad, who is connected with a band of horse traders who have been around town for a few weeks, was caught coming out of Palin’s place early yesterday morning with three jars of fruit and, on being questioned by City Marshal O.C. Whipple, contended that he had bought the fruit from Palin on Wednesday evening and had him place it in the shed at the rear of the store so he could get it Thursday morning for an early start from town. The story was suspicious and Whipple phoned Palin for verification. Paline promptly denied having any transaction with the lad. Allen had made a get-away in the meantime and was pursued to near Satsop, where he was taken in custody by the marshal. A hearing before Judge Pettijohn yesterday was arranged.
75 Years Ago
Aug. 24, 1939
Editors note: This editorial appeared on the front page of The Montesano Vidette 75 years ago today. The publisher at the time was Chapin Collins; the managing editor was A. Wendell Brackett.
IF WAR COME
The world situation, as this issue of The Vidette goes to press, is too horrible to contemplate. Europe is racing toward war, and the situation changes too rapidly for comment to be up with it.
Germany demands a Polish protectorate. France mobilizes. Britain takes war measures. Italy is caught, where ir must go with Germany. President Roosevelt and the pope continue to make appeals for peaceful settlement. Russia is a question mark.
And what will avail? Nothing. The tragedy has been reenacted century after century to the great detriment and loss of the world. It was bad enough before the power age. Now all civilization is threatened. We may all be hurled back into barbarism, for mechanical war is horrible and terrible beyond comprehension. The white race may be committing suicide.
This country should make every effort to avoid becoming embroiled. If the democratic principle seems doomed, we undoubtedly must take par, for we would go down in the general debacle anyway. However, we may be sure that the federal administration will do everything possible to avert this country being drawn into the conflict, if war comes, and for as long as possible.
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George Twidwell is confined in the Aberdeen General Hospital, where he is recovering from a serious injury to his back, which resulted when he was attacked by a bull at his farm near Brady recently. He sustained a fracture vertabra and will be in the hospital for some time.
Twidwell is state representative from this district, a member of the county planning commission and also a deputy state Grange master.
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An unusual sight for Grays Harbor County will be seen next week, when John Comfort of Brady starts harvesting oats with a combine on the Mrs. Laura Schafer ranch in the Satsop valley. About 100 acres of oats will be so harvested. This is said the be the first time a combine has been used in this section.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 20, 1964
Montesano today became the 60th city to receive natural gas through the lines of Cascade Natural Gas Corporation, the Seattle-based utility serving communities throughout Washington and much of Oregon.
Gas was flowing through the transmission line, extended from Elma, and into the Montesano grid by midweek, H.K. Smith, Cascade’s manager in Montesano and Elma, told The Vidette on Wednesday.
Servicemen will start hanging meters today, Smith said, More than 70 customers have signed up for service prior to the actual arrival of gas here.
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The tile roof on the Montesano city hall will be preserved, as result of a complete restoration project scheduled to start about Sept. 10.
This was revealed when the city council, meeting in special session Tuesday, formally accepted an offer of the Fleet Foundation to finance the work as a contribution to the city.
The Fleet Foundation was established by Major Reuben H. Fleet, who, subsequent to World War I, became one of the world’s leading manufacturers of aircraft.
25 Years Ago
Aug. 24, 1989
Only one more hurdle awaits passage of a final plan for where people can and can’t drive on Washington’s beaches. County commissioners approved a detailed plan this which which disallows driving on 40 percent of the coast from April 15 of each year to Labor Day. The area involved ranges from Moclips in the north to Point Toke in the south.
Now the plan will have to go before the state Parks and Recreation Commission for one more hearing, a staff review and, if all goes as planned, approval.
If passage comes it will be the culmination of three years of civic action and 15 years of debate.
10 Years Ago
Aug. 19, 2004
The attorney representing three Montesano City Council members is asking a judge to dismiss recall charges against his clients — Bud Owen, Walt Bussard and Greg Ballew — saying the petitioner failed to meet the “sufficiency” test prescribed by law.
Meanwhile, tempers flared and the gloves came off early during a special meeting Monday of the Montesano City Council, which voted 4-2 three times to help pay attorney fees for the council members trying to fend off a recall attempt.