120 Years Ago
Oct. 13, 1893
While an engine with a train of logs was coming down a steep grade on what is called the H line of the P.S. & G.H.R.R. above Summit, last Sunday, it ran into a tree that had fallen across the track, being unable to stop. The train crashed through the tree, damaging the engine so the escaping steam filled the cab, but fortunately no one was injured. Superintendent George Simpson, with his wife and child, were riding in the cab and escaped with nothing worse than a severe scare.
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The farmers have rejected the proposition of Mr. Birmingham regarding the creamery at Elma, not wishing to bind themselves to furnish the milk from a certain number of cows for a certain length of time. We fear they have made a mistake, as they must expect to make some such arrangement if they get a creamery. We do not know the price offered for milk, but if reasonable it would have been good business policy to accept the proposition.
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The freight train on the Montesano branch has been in hard luck again. It has again been wrecked, this time with more serious consequences than ever before.
Wednesday evening, while the train was approaching from the east, and just before passing the Garrison crossing about a half mile east of the depot, it ran into one of Jones Garrison’s horses, cutting off its legs and throwing it from the tracks. Before the train could be stopped it struck another horse, severing it the same way, but also wrecking the train.
The engine, tender and two cars were thrown from the track and badly demolished. The track was torn up for several rods, and altogether it was a sorry looking sight.
Fortunately, and we might say miraculously, no one was killed. Engineer Bocker was considerably cut and bruised about the face and head, but not seriously. The fireman and the engineer jumped in time to save themselves, but had a very narrow escape.
The wrecking train was telegraphed for and the track was cleared in time for the passenger to pass yesterday morning. The engine and derailed cars were removed during the day, and delayed the passenger in the afternoon for some time.
As nearly as we could learn the particulars of the disaster, it could not have been averted. The Garrison boys went down to the pasture in the evening as usual to get their stock. They left the gate of the pasture open, and while driving up the cattle these two horses which were killed ran out on the track. The engineer blew the whistle, but the horses did not leave the track and the train was too close upon them to stop.
The horses were so badly maimed that it was found necessary to shoot them. Both of them were valuable animals — one being a thoroughbred Percheron mare, for which Mr. Garrison paid $400.
Mr. Garrison states that this was the first time any of his stock has ever gotten upon the track. He declares, however, that he has several times narrowly escaped being run over while crossing at the place where the wreck occurred, because of the failure of the train to whistle when approaching the crossing.
The engine — No. 90 — has experienced a great deal of bad luck. It was the same one wrecked near Oakville a few weeks ago, and has ditched several times. It ought to be given a rest for a while and probably will be.
100 Years Ago
Oct. 10, 1913
John Leonard, age 29, a bartender in the Loop saloon, Aberdeen, accidentally shot and killed himself while hunting in the upper Wishkah valley Sunday. Leonard and J.E. Ekstrand, a tailor, left the city early Sunday morning, had bagged several pheasants and were on their way home. Coming over a rough piece of puncheon road, Leonard stumbled and fell, and in doing so discharged the shotgun he was carrying. The charge entered the body near the right shoulder. Ekstrand tried first aid remedies but failed to stop the flow of blood. Leonard, after declaring he was done for and sending a last message to his wife, expired from loss of blood.
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That John Anderson (he is also known as O.M. Anderson) committed suicide, and chose a fearful mode of destroying his life, when he stood in the skidway at the South Bay camp of the North Western Lumber Company Tuesday morning, down which two logs were moving rapidly, is the belief of authorities. The man stood seemingly unconcerned in the path of the timber and watched approaching death and this despite the blowing of the whistle and the warning cries of co-workers.
75 Years Ago
Oct. 13, 1938
Paul Buttry, convicted slayer, is in county jail here, maintaining the attitude of utter calm which characterized him during his trial, which concluded Tuesday.
Meanwhile, his attorneys, A. Emerson Cross and W.J. Murphy, have announced they will first seek a new trial, and failing in that, will appeal to the state supreme court.
Before a scattered group of spectators, a a court room as silent as a grave, Paul Buttry heard Judge William E. Campbell read the verdict of a jury that condemned him to be hanged for the murder of Hugh Warren, Buttry’s boyhood friend.
In the court room seated a few feet behind him sat Mrs. Hugh Warren, former wife of the slain man, who stood by Buttry throughout his trial which lasted more than a week.
If Buttry hangs, it will be the second execution in the history of the county. There have been other first-degree murder convictions, but the only actual execution was that of A.A. Armstrong, Wynooche valley farmer, in 1900.
50 Years Ago
Oct. 10, 1963
The body of Sophus P. Neilson, 70, who drowned on the Chehalis river September 25, was discovered last Thursday by four Hoquiam teen-age boys on a fishing trip. The victim’s body had caught on a log on the south side of the river a short distance from Riipanen Brothers ranch.
Discovering the body were Jim Kosoff, Terry Mallow, Wade Randall and Dick Lawrence. The discovery was made about a half mile from the scene of the mishap, the body having been swept away by the river at the time.
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Residents whose storm drainage empties into sanitary sewers will soon be notified that they must cease this practice under terms of an ordinance recently adopted.
The council has been informed that sewer sealing operations just concluded in the west end of the city revealed a number of cases in which surface drainage flows into sanitary sewers.
The city is attempting to reduce the flow of surface water into the sanitary sewer system so that the sewage treatment plant may be operated throughout the year. Under past conditions, the flow of water into the plant during wet periods is beyond its capacity.
25 Years Ago
Oct. 13, 1988
Although the Peoples Republic of China is the largest individual log customer on the Harbor when all five terminals are considered, almost 47 percent of the total — or 296 million board feet — has been shipped to Chinese destinations since the first of the year, Korea is the largest single customer of logs shipped from Port facilities with 45 percent — or 105 million board feet — going to that nation, according to a report given the Port commissioners Tuesday.
10 Years Ago
Oct. 9, 2003
The Grays Harbor Transit Authority is illegally using public funds to pay for ambulance programs and to pay for volunteer and paramedic training costs, state auditors say.
The audit, made public Friday, concludes that the Transit Authority’s long-standing arrangement with the Grays Harbor Emergency Medical Services Council violates state law because the money is not used “expressly for the transport of the sick and injured.” Auditors took exception to more than $1.5 million in grants and other expenses over the past two years.