120 Years Ago
Friday, Sept. 8, 1893
A.C. Campbell & Sons, of Puyallup, have contracted for 60,000 pounds of hops of the Moxee hop farm at Yakima.
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The Commissioners of Pacific County have a contract for the construction of a new courthouse at South Bend, to cost $5,000.
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The Aberdeen baseball club, “recently reorganized,” came up to Montesano last Saturday for the purpose of winning another game from the Montesano team. They did it. One account of the spirit of the rivalry between the two clubs, and the close game previously played, the posters announcing the event contained the quotation, “Now come the tug of war,” but according to Captain Sherwood, of the Aberdeens, there was no tug of war about it, it was huckleberry pie for Aberdeen — a regular walk-away.
100 Years Ago
Friday, Sept. 5, 1913
A quiet ceremony, marked by the simple elegance of perfect appointments, solemnized the marriage of Miss Mary Ida Clemons to Mr. John Howard Kirkwood, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Clemons, on Pioneer Street, at eight o’clock Wednesday evening. The service was the beautiful, impressive ring ceremony of the Catholic church and was performed by the Reverend Father Daly of Elma. Only the immediate family and a few intimate friends of the young people were present.
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Work on the fairgrounds has been proceeding rapidly of late. With the fair a month away, almost all the buildings are finished, and it is safe to say that everything will be in readiness when the fair opens. Already 350 feet of clay have been placed on the race track, and that much more is yet to be added. Then the track will be rolled and put in shape for the races.
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The reason why Montesano’s tax rate is the highest in Chehalis County is a problem that many of our readers have propounded in the last few weeks and now, when the budget for the coming year has just been made by the city council, is a very appropriate time to answer this question. Montesano’s tax rate is high because the city is making provisions to pay its debts on maturity and is not postponing the day of reckoning for future generations to wrestle with, as is the case in every other city in the county. A shrinking fund is being created that will in the course of five years wipe out the old outstanding indebtedness, with the exception of an issue of funding bonds, and the city will be on a clean financial basis.
75 Years Ago
Thursday, Sept. 8, 1938
Art Caron, Montesano barber, was appointed city councilman at the council meeting this Tuesday night to fill out the unexpired term of Ed Engen, resigned.
Caron has long been a leading member of the Montesano volunteer fire department.
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Mrs. Norma Meeks, 55, wife of William R. Meeks, Rio Oso, Cal., rancher, who was kidnapped from her home, last Friday, when two masked men entered it and tied her and her husband and ransacked the house, is reported to be recovering from exposure, starvation and poison oak infection. She was released and returned to her home Monday, having been held blindfolded all the time and never seeing her abductors, who had demanded $15,000 ransom from her husband, who declared he could raise no such sum.
Mrs. Meeks is a sister of Harold Riches of Elma.
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Judge John M. Wilson of Thurston County Superior Court has set Monday, Nov. 14, for the trial of Dr. Kent W. Berry, Olympia physician, formerly of Montesano, and four others, charged with the kidnap-assault of Irving Baker, August 18.
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Miss Edna Foxwell will speak on the national-farm hour at 8:30 o’clock this Friday morning, on “Home Economizing by radio.” The farm-home programs are in charge of William E. Drips, son of W. T. Drips of Montesano.
50 Years Ago
Sept. 5, 1963
Civil Defense Office Will Be Activated Here
The Grays Harbor County Civil Defense Office will be activated at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 28, according to Mrs. Betty McClelland, deputy director.
For a period of 30 hours, the office will be staffed by Miss Virginia Balis, Mrs. McClelland, both of Grays Harbor County; Major C. M. Byrd, Pierce County Civil Defense; Col. Dean Luce. Thurston County Civil Defense, Dr. Martin Graham, Dr. DeShay and representatives from other Civil Defense offices throughout the state.
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A whopping 10 percent increase in school enrollment over 1962 was reported yesterday by Montesano Supt. of Schools Carl Snyder. Total number of students entered in kindergarten through high school was 1,121, compared with 1,043 in 1962 and 974 in 1961.
High school enrollment was up 35 to 356, consisting of 101 freshmen, 84 sophomores, 90 juniors and 81 seniors.
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Grays Harbor County will receive $92,794.98 as its share of National Forest receipts for 1963. This was disclosed in a report which showed that more than $18 million is being distributed to counties in which National Forest lands are located in Oregon and Washington.
25 Years Ago
Sept. 8, 1988
When the Oakville Acorns meet the Wishkah Loggers this Friday in the first game of the season for both Harbor teams, the Acorns gridsters will be without their coach of the last two years, Timothy J. Beard, 35, who was beginning his third year as head coach.
Beard was arrested on the practice field Wednesday August 24, by Grays Harbor County sheriff’s deputies, on warrants from Kitsap and Pierce counties charging him with nine felonies. These include leading a criminal enterprise for profit, first degree theft by deception, second degree burglary and attempted first degree theft. He is being held in the Kitsap County jail at Port Orchard in lieu of $100,000 bail.
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U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop recently reported that 34 million American adults are overweight. “Over-Consumption” was cited as a major concern for most Americans. More than 50 percent of all U.S. adults have a blood cholesterol level high enough to be at risk for heart disease.
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Geologists have long believed that the seismically active Northwest U.S. could give birth to a destructive 7.5 magnitude earthquake with the potential for killing many and injuring thousands more. Such a catastrophic event would cause destruction far beyond that contemplated by today’s emergency planning in the Pacific Northwest. The 1964 Alaska earthquake that caused widespread destruction and generated massive water waves, and the 1985 Mexico earthquake that claimed the lives of thousands are examples of recent great earthquakes.
10 Years Ago
Sept. 4, 2003
Delays once again brought frustration over the completion of the McCleary Skateboard Park. There are still no ramps, no rails, nor even concrete. Just gravel and dirt where once there was a tennis court. This time, the culprit was the skate-parks original plans.
After two years of planning and public meetings, McCleary City Council might have concluded that residents would have understood its proposed changes to the city’s zoning map. But, wisely, they assumed nothing of the sort.
Residents came armed with letters and arguments to oppose the latest McCleary draft zoning ordinance at the City Council meeting on Aug. 27.