120 years ago
Friday, April 7, 1893
Boosters are bragging about the Quillayute Valley. “West of Olympics, agriculture alone can support over 290,000 inhabitants,” Mr. D.T. Smith in an address to the Quillayute literature society. “There is over 2.3 million acres of unsettled government land and a great deal of it will be surveyed this season.
100 years ago
Friday, April 11, 1913
The county commissioners approved $5,000 of tax dollars to support the county fair.
The three prisoners who escaped from the county jail last Thursday while working on the courthouse grounds have all been captured. Two of the men were in jail on vagrancy charges and it would have made little difference had they made good their get-away. The third man, Ira Green, was in on a charge of assault with a six months term left to serve.
75 years ago
Thursday, April 7, 1938
A new clam digging rule is now in effect. It is now necessary for each person digging clams to have their own container and it is no longer permissible for one person to dig clams for the entire family. The ruling also applies to commercial diggers, no two being permitted to use the same container and no individual digger permitted to be present when another digger has clams for sale.
Pick-Rite celebrates its 10th anniversary this week. Started in 1928 as a popular food store, it is conducting the “greatest food event” in its history of observance. “We hope to meet all of our old friends and many new ones so that we may express our appreciation for the growth in our business that they have made possible,” Martell Davis, manager, said.
50 years ago
Thursday, April 11, 1963
Don’t expect the new freeway to pass Montesano for five to seven years, the city engineer told the City Council.
A plan to install fallout shelters around Montesano is now moving forward, Councilman Lawrence Abbott, the city’s civil defense organizer said.
“We believe it best to try to use the facilities we already have,” he said.
A questionnaire asks residents about basements and whether they would be willing to share them with neighbors. When the information is compiled, the civil defense organization will suggest economical ways in which to construct individual shelters. In Elma, an attempt is being made to provide a community shelter at a cost of $7.50 per person.
A hatchery plan is underway to look at the Quinault River, says Congresswoman Julia Butler Hansen.
25 years ago
Thursday, Jan. 7, 1988
Grays Harbor County recorded its 23rd traffic fatality of 1987 when Kathleen G. Ostergard, 36, of the Satsop Valley died in a one car accident. The car she was driving apparently skidded on an icy road some three and a half miles north of Brady on the Middle Satsop Road.
A management plan for Olympic National Forest land along the South Shore of Lake Quinault was completed in 1981. A review is now due.
“The resources and people who live in and visit the Lake Quinault area have benefited greatly from this comprehensive plan,” the ranger said. “It is time, however, to take a fresh look at management direction to see if new opportunities are available.”
Olympic National Park Superintendent Robert Chandler has announced an action plan to manage the park’s goats.
“The park has spent several years researching the effects of goats on Olympic’s high country and determining the best method of live capture,” Chandler said. “Now, after five years of research and extensive public input, we are prepared to offer a management plan.”
Anderson & Middleton Lumber Co. is considering closing operations. About 50 loggers would get an unpaid vacation this summer if that’s the case.
10 years ago
Thursday, April 10, 2003
The Elma Fire Department burned down the house of Elma Police Chief Greg Adams in a controlled burn. At first, Adams had agreed to the training. But then he changed his mind and no one told him they were proceeding with the burn.
“We definitely burned it to the ground,” Elma Mayor Dave Osgood said. “I got all the permits from the state. I got a clear from the asbestos.”
“We are very disappointed that we were contacted regarding this,” Adams said. “The police chief has to be the easiest person in the world to notify on something like this.”
Frances Kinsman reports that Pastor Wayne’s childrens’ sermon was bringing new friends together. They did a fun bunny dance and the children really enjoyed it.