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Pages of the Past May 30, 2013

120 years ago

Friday, May 26, 1893

Washington state is now home to an apple weighing 2 pounds and 4 ounces, a bunch of grapes weighing 6 pounds, A squash weighing 120 pounds and a beet weighing 30 pounds.


Some of the young people attended a social dance at Shambley’s Hall in Porter Friday evening. A large number were present and a pleasant time had. Supper was prepared by Mrs. Harvey.


Mr. Lunden and family have moved from Montesano to Hoquiam and taken residence on Eklund Avenue.


Prof. G.M. Powell, principal of the Hoquiam public school, made the statement that he would resign if elected for the ensuing year.


Paul Zittlan was admitted to full citizenship by order of Superior Court.


The Westport World had these kind words to say about Montesano: The city government of Montesano is in the hands of young, progressive businessmen,- who leave no stone unturned to make their city a successful one in every way. They have broad well-kept streets, sewerage and a thorough lighting system and have just issued $15,000 worth of bonds for sewerage purposes, the work on which is now being performed. They have two first-class newspapers, which are well supported, several banks, three first-class hotels and some very fine business blocks. The Stetson Mill Co. does extensive business and the Montesano Sash & Door Co. is one of the busiest factories in the state. … Montesano is and always will be the largest city in the Grays Harbor country. She has the right kind of people, the right location and the right road in everything and every town on Grays Harbor wishes her well.

100 years ago

Friday, May 30, 1913

A letter from the mayor: The officers of the Montesano Sunday School Union will visit each home in the city for the purpose of taking a Sunday School Census. The excellent work in training of our young people impels me to request that all aid be given those who are furthering Sunday School work. — Eldridge Wheeler, Mayor.


Playing at the Elite Theatre:

“Susie to Susanne,” a Vitagraph comedy.

“A Ballad of the South Seas,” a special feature reel.

“Striped Bathing Suit,” pathe comedy

“A desperate chance,” R.R. Story, Kalem.

“The Man He Might Have Been,” Edison drama.

“The high cost of reduction,” biography comedy.


The Sylvan, the high school newspaper produced quarterly, will be distributed at the tailor shop of John Bergstrom. The editorial staff is composed of Florence Irwin, editor in chief; Helen Abel, Alda France, Wilbur Goss and Cobe Wartman. Business manager is Miss. Delia Bergstrom and Ernest Parsons is assistant.

75 years ago

Thursday, May 26, 1938

Jeff Bartell, who is completing his fourth term as sheriff, announced he will be a candidate for county commissioner from the first district, subject to the Democratic primaries in September. Bartell will face Walter M. Robertson of Montesano, a civil engineer who has lived and practiced in this county for 29 years.


The motion picture “Trees and Men” depicting logging in the Pacific Northwest will be shown at the Montesano Chamber of Commerce meeting. The film is prepared by the Weyerhaeuser Timber Co.


F.J. Gleeson of the Satsop Valley, who is completing his sixth term as county commissioner, will run for the sheriff’s office being vacated by Sheriff Jeff Bartell. He is widely known as a farmer and was born near Brady.


Fairview School District No. 25 will be added to the Montesano School District as of July 1. The district’s school lies less than a mile from the Montesano city limits. “The Fairview district has sufficient funds to operate in a fashion for another year, but after that, revenues would be so low it could not maintain a school,” county superintendent Mrs. Adele Allen Oliver said.


The Montesano Class of 1938 is considered the “perfect 46.” The class is the 46th to be graduated and it has 46 members — 24 girls and 22 boys. Eight students will speak on service, including John Sasser, Sylvia Toyra, Richard Bunn, Harold Dromensk, Jean Kitchen, Lea Sundberg, Robert Kesterson and Katheryn Best.

50 years ago

Thursday, May 30, 1963

Donald Barck, a veteran of both World War II and Korea, died suddenly Saturday after being admitted to the hospital.


Edward S. Danielson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl S. Danielson of McCleary, serving aboard the attack cruiser USS Coral Sea on a goodwill cruise to Australia, recently participated in the 21st annual celebration held in Sydney to commemorate the Battle of the Coral Sea. The battle is credited with stopping the Japanese advance in the Pacific.

25 years ago

Thursday, May 26, 1988

The general condition of the Wynooche Cemetery came under fire Tuesday night before the Montesano City Council. Bob Manley, the public works director, said the problem is there is no cemetery caretaker.


Scientists have been using electroshock equipment in the Chehalis River near Montesano to stun squaw fish and Coho salmon. The study is to find out why Coho salmon in the Chehalis River are surviving at half the rate of fish from other Washington coastal streams.

10 years ago

Thursday, May 29, 2003

Traffic bust leads cops to meth lab at the shop that shares the building with Elma Grocery on 1152 Monte-Elma Road.


Montesano High School Library sheds its shelves of more than 1,300 unused, outdated or inappropriate books.