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Pages of the Past May 2, 2013

Montesano High School students prepare for the production of “Martha” in May of 1913.
Montesano High School students prepare for the production of “Martha” in May of 1913.

120 years ago

April 28, 1893

The Montesano City Council is considering an ordinance to create the office of Hydrant Inspector, defining the duties and fixing the compensation.

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Chairman Hall of the Montesano Street Committee reported that dirt had accumulated on the Scofield Bridge to a depth of four or five inches and should be cleaned off. Cost would be about $450.

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Note from the editor, signed C.J.A.: It is no slander to say that the affairs of this county have been managed for the past nine years — and more particularly for the last four — in the most outrageously extravagant and unbusiness-like manner, to put it lightly. The debt of this county, the tax at two percent and what we haven’t got to show for them clinches that statement. … There is widespread dissatisfaction in regard to the expense of doing the necessary county work and it isn’t confined to the late “calamity howlers” by any means. Did you ever see a county that took so much money to run it as this does? I never did! It is very plain that we must get rid of the suckers of all sorts and sizes, shades and grades, both in and out of the courthouse or we are financially “gone up.” I have been in Montesano about once a week for years and I generally see more or less of the county officials or employees doing something else than attending the business, which they were hired or elected to do, loafing about the streets, riding bicycles, fishing, etc. They do this more particularly during the last half of their term and then they expect the county to pay them for full-time and honest work. A county officer’s place is in his office during business hours of six days in the week. … Every officer and employee should be required to file a sworn detailed statement of work done or time honestly and faithfully employed as the basis of his compensation.

100 years ago

Friday, May 2, 1913

A “marriage microbe” has taken hold at the Sunset Shingle Plant.

“If you do not wish to get married, don’t work at the Sunset Shingle Company’s mill.” That is the advice which we heard given to a young man. Since the mill started in 1908, nearly every man who began work there single has gotten married.

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The orchestra has been practicing steadily lately. They will play for the Montesano High School play, to be given next Friday evening. The opera “Martha,” which the chorus has been preparing, will be presented.

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Firemen will build a new modern fire station on Main Street in Montesano to be used for City Hall and the fire department at a cost of $15,000.

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Mayor Wheeler named May 10 as clean-up day, urges residents to clean up their neighborhoods to help the city avoid a plague of tuberculosis and typhoid fever.

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The July 4 celebration to be held has been given the name “Grays Harbor Splash,” and will be on an elaborate scale. Airplane flights, three vessels of the U.S. Navy in the Harbor and other big events are planned.

75 years ago

Thursday, April 28, 1938

Oscar Klasell is Montesano’s prize fisherman. He landed 19 nice ones Sunday, one under the limit. He spent the day cleaning his gold fish pond.

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The Rev. W.R. Caldwell was chosen Tuesday night by the eastern Grays Harbor chapter of the Red Cross to represent it at the national convention in San Francisco. The following department chairmen were named: Mrs. Deborah Price, Mrs. Naomi Snell, Mrs. Adela Allen Aliver; Mrs. A.A. Foote.

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The Public Power Act will be the main subject of discussion at the meeting of the Grays Harbor County Democratic Club.

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Movies playing at Gwinn’s Monte Theatre: “Hawaiian Buckaroo,” “Man-proof” with Myrna Loy and Franchot Tone; “Paradise for Three” with Frank Morgan and “Love on Toast” with Stella Ardler and John Payne.

50 years ago

Thursday, May 2, 1963

Mr. and Mrs. C.O. Osgood were paid special honors by the Grays Harbor Jersey Cattle club at its annual dinner Saturday night. They live on their farm on River Road, between Satsop and Elma, which his parents acquired in 1892.

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There were over 250 in the fishing derby at Lake Sylvia. Winners — Ages 4-7: Bill Stewart, first 4 1/2 ounces; Neal Peterson, second, and Steve Caldwell, third. Ages 8-9: Terry Norquist, first, 4 ounces; Wendy Lamb, second; and Danny Dever, third. Ages 10-12: Patty Benderfirst, 4 1/2 ounces; Rich Gravatt, second; and Albert Hensler, third.

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The ladies have started a bowling league at Monte Lanes.

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The community is set to celebrate the 18 years that Willis E. Rambo has given as superintendent of the Montesano School District.

25 years ago

Thursday, May 5, 1988

Third-graders at Beacon Elementary have written a book called, “The Way It Was: Growing up in East County.” The book features 58 childhood stories of East County. The students took a $150 loan from Rainier Books to cover the printing costs of the book. About 400 copies were printed and sold at $2 each with proceeds benefiting the Chehalis County Historical Society.

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State Sen. Brad Owen, D-Shelton, threw his hat in the ring to run for lieutenant governor last week.

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Charles E. “Butch” Joeckel Jr., a Vietnam veteran who lost both of his legs in combat, has been named a national adjutant of the 1 million-member Disabled American Veterans.

10 years ago

Thursday, May 1, 2003

Following the lead of others, Grays Harbor County is suing the state over benefits for Superior Court judges.

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The Elma School Board unanimously approved laying off as many as 11.5 teachers and staff members.

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After months of discussions and revised drafts, the city of Montesano finally has an ordinance devoted to dealing with the removal of trees.

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