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Pages of the Past May 23

Newspaper advertisement from 120 years ago.
Newspaper advertisement from 120 years ago.

120 years ago

Friday, May 19, 1893

Mr. Struble of Elma got a good price on grain and potatoes in Sharon last week. After much delay, farmers in Sharon have about all their grain sowed and are making ready to plant potatoes.

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The Breedlove Bros. are running a logging camp on Campbell’s ranch up the Wynooche. They expect to do big business this summer.

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Charles Carter has had a boom across the Wynooche River for the past week to hold shingle bolts that he is rafting there for the Stetson mill.

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The Butler shingle mill at Porter cut 57,000 shingles last Monday before noon.

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The Harris saw mill east of Elma started up Wednesday after being closed down for several months.

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Strangers on their first visit to Oakville exclaim, :What a beautiful townsite!” and it is unsurpassed for beauty of location; there is ample room for a large city, too, while the townsite is a good one. There is a town here also, not a city on paper, like many other places. The streets are laid out regular and the land lies high above the Chehalis River, half a mile distant, thus ensuring drainage, no expensive street grading is necessary and a sewer system can easily be constructed at very little expense. There is no clearing or stump pulling necessary as in the case of many towns and every lot is ready for the builder. Residents of the city are beginning to take pride in improving and beautifying their places and soon Oakville will be known as a city of beautiful homes.

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Catching flies — baseball flies — is now a past time among the boys.

100 years ago

Friday, May 23, 1913

At the 19th annual trap shooting tournament in Wenatchee this week, D.W. Fleet won the Post-Intelligencer medal for the state amateur championship, the veteran breaking all 25 targets, the highest score that could be made. Mr. Fleet is constantly adding to his remarkable record as a marksman and sportsman.

75 years ago

Thursday, May 19, 1938

Robert Nelson, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Nelson of Montesano was seriously injured in a collision between his bike and an automobile Tuesday afternoon. The boy is in Aberdeen General Hospital with a skull fracture. Witnesses said that the vision on the street was obscured by many parked cars. The car was not traveling rapidly when the accident happened and Cartell jammed his brakes and ran to where the boy lay in the street.

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Olag Jaren, 36, a Malone logger, who last week pleaded guilty to manslaughter, is back in county jail. He has been sentenced and has been at liberty under $1,000 bail since his plea, but his bailsmen withdrew their bond.

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Twenty years logging, 42 years preaching, 25 years in the Red Cross. That’s the story of Rev. William (“the loggers call him ‘Bill’”) Caldwell, 76, delegate to the Red Cross convention from Grays Harbor district. Caldwell takes it easy and enjoys preaching in the logging camps. One logger told him, “Bill, you’re a hell of a good preacher. You don’t try to preach a person into hell. Bill, God bless you.’”

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Safeway is celebrating the opening of its new meat market and enlarged store — a third larger than what it was before — in its present location on Main Street this Friday. The new market will feature quality meats, poultry and fish. It gleams with white tile in the rear end of the enlarged store. With the latest in meat market fixtures, it represents the finest market department that the wide experience and large resources of the Safeway stores could devise.

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Postmaster Mrs. A.M. Robertson, taken suddenly ill on Monday, is reported to be improving in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Aberdeen. Mrs. Robertson was seriously ill not that long ago and she is believed to have over-taxed her strength preparing for Montesano’s observance of national air mail week.

50 years ago

Thursday, May 23, 1963

Richard Allen Foreman, 19-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Foreman, was lost in the water of Hong Kong harbor on May 18, his parents were informed by the Navy Department on Sunday. Young Foreman, who joined the Navy in 1961 soon after he left Montesano High School, was serving aboard the U.S. Carrier Ticonderoga. He fell overboard and was caught in the swift currents of the harbor.

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A child swallowed kerosene as firefighters were called to the James Lewis home on Beacon Street on May 19. Firefighters saved 18-month-old Tawnie Gay Lewis.

10 years ago

Thursday, May 22, 2003

The staff at both Beacon and Simpson elementaries are preparing for a reconfiguration where preschool through fourth grade will be at Beacon and fifth and sixth grade will be at Simpson.

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Elma Lady Eagles take district during fast pitch tournament with shutout win.