120 Years Ago
July 21, 1893
Yesterday evening around 7:30 o’clock a fire was discovered in the offices of the Vidette by Mrs. C.E. Jameson, who was passing at the time. She promptly gave the alarm, and luckily the flames were extinguished before any serious damage was done. The fire probably started in the waste basket, from cigar ashes.
The residence of C.A. Abderson on his farm near Elma, know as the Abell place, was burned last Sunday afternoon, with all its contents. The house took fire from the slashing which was burning near. The loss was about $1,000, partially covered by insurance to the amount of $500.
The Westport Daily World has given up the ghost, the last edition being issued last Sunday morning. Brother Thompson made a hard struggle to keep the World revolving daily, but the prevailing hard times were against him.
100 Years Ago
July 18, 1913
A party of Boy Scouts from Montesano and McCleary, under the supervision of Rev. R.H. Reed of McCleary, will leave on the 23rd for a two weeks outing at Mt. Rainier. The boys will make the journey afoot, with the exception of the distance between Olympia and Tacoma, and will camp at night along the trail.
75 Years Ago
July 21, 1938
A new forest fire broke out this afternoon in logged land in the upper Satsop Valley close to Schafer’s camp 20. The extent of it had not been reported at this writing. Albert Schafer and state fire officials were investigating and organizing to fight it.
All this week the air has been filled with smoke from many fires burning throughout the county and neighboring territory. This Thursday noon the state fire hall here reported six fires burning in the county, all of which were declared under control.
Three of the fires are alleged to have been of incendiary origin and three to have been started by careless smokers. O.B. Wedekind, district fire warden, declared this week the nature of a number of the fires is conclusive evidence that they were being intentionally set.
The largest passenger train in more than 10 years passed through Montesano on Wednesday.
It consisted of 10 coaches, carrying delegates from Tacoma to Hoquiam for the VFW conclave there.
50 Years Ago
July 18, 1963
The greatest fire hazard in Montesano is the block on the East side of Main Street, between Marcy Avenue and Broadway, according to Fire Chief Bill Rozen.
“If a fire ever got a good start in those old buildings, we would find it difficult, if not impossible, to keep it from spreading to other parts of the business district,” said Rozen.
“It would also endanger residences in the same block along Broadway.
25 Years Ago
July 14, 1988
The Senate last Thursday passed the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge legislation introduced last year by Senator Daniel J. Evans and Senator Brock Adams. The bill protects 1,800 acres of wetlands in Grays Harbor estuary.
This bill formally designates the Bowerman Basin area as a National Wildlife Refuge to be protected and managed so that it may continue as an important resting stop for shorebirds on their biannual migration.
10 Years Ago
July 17, 2003
In what turned out to be a three-game series between East Grays Harbor’s 13-year-old Babe Ruth team and Aberdeen, the difference came down to four errant pitches in the first inning of the last game. Fourtunately for East Grays Harbor, the four errant pitches came from the arm of Aberdeen’s pitcher. And Darren Phillis transformed them into the game’s sole run by stealing second, third and home plate on the miscues.