120 Years Ago
Oct. 27, 1893
In a conversation with George C. Morgan, secretary of the Satsop Mercantile and Creamery Co., a few days since, we were informed that the creamery had paid out about $10,000 to the farmers for milk this season. As will be seen by this statement the creamery has been a boon to farmers, particularly at this time when money is almost an unknown article. The price paid for milk has been 90 cents per hundred pounds. While there is no big profit in furnishing milk at this price, still it gives reasonable margin and is really all the creamery can afford, at current prices of butter.
The output is now but about 100 pounds of butter per day — being not over one-fourth as much as was made earlier in the season. The cause of this is that many of the cows are drying up. The creamery will close down in about a month. It has paid as well as anticipated this season, and the stockholders will realize a dividend on their investment. There has been a good market for the butter this year, although the price has not been high. Nearly all the butter is sold on the Harbor,
In addition to the creamery, quite a business has been built up in grinding grain into chop feed.
100 Years Ago
Oct. 24, 1913
Papers were filed in Superior Court this week by Attorney W.H. Abel on behalf of Pete Williams, a Quinault Indian, asking an injunction against Deputy Game Warden L.J. Esses to prevent the latter from seizing fishing nets owned by the plaintiff and otherwise preventing Williams from fishing in the Chehalis River without a license.
The complaint cites the treaty with the Quinault Indians of 1855, ratified in 1859, as giving the right to fish unrestricted to the members of this tribe. The state contends that the Indian is given only such rights as are held by all citizens of the state, outside of the Indian reservation, which has been set aside for the use of the tribe and upon which Williams has an allotment.
Williams has been fishing with nets in the Chehalis River above the mouth of the Wynooche and selling his catch on the market. He has no license and the game warden has attempted to prevent his operations. In order to escape seizure of his fishing paraphernalia Williams asked the court to grant the injunction.
The case was heard Tuesday by Judge Irwin and has been taken under advisement. A decision likely will be handed down later this week.
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Plans perfected at a meeting of the fire department Monday evening presage the greatest masquerade ball ever put on by the local fire boys in their twentieth annual mask dance, to be held November 26th, the evening before Thanksgiving. The firemen’s Thanksgiving mask ball has been the great dance feature of the year, for twenty years, and it has never failed to be a great social success. This year the boys are planning to far eclipse anything yet attempted and, as they form an aggregation that is not accustomed to failures, the dancing public may expect something exceptionally good in the coming event. Costumes will be elaborate and the music high class, so the boys say.
75 Years Ago
Oct. 27, 1938
The Tornow bridge on Satsop Road, between Brady and Matlock, was opened to traffic Tuesday night, County Engineer J.H. Kirkwood reported here Wednesday. The new bridge will not be entirely finished until some time next week, Kirkwood stated. It is being built at a cost of approximately $8,000 to replace the old bridge, which collapsed under a truck and trailer load of logs last Armistice Day. The bridge greatly shortens the distance between Matlock and western Grays Harbor points.
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One of the most important changes in Montesano’s business district in a number of years was announced Wednesday, when it became known that the American Bakery had bought the former Healy building at the northeast corner of Main Street and Marcy Avenue, from the First National bank.
O.A. Miller, proprietor of the bakery, said he would move his plant to the new site, probably some time in December. Removal of the meat shop equipment, now occupying the lower floor, will be started in a few days and as soon as this is completed, the lower floor will be remodeled into a thoroughly modern and up to date bakery.
50 Years Ago
Oct. 24, 1963
Mrs. Oscar Smith, now of Union, was officially advised Saturday by the United States State Department that her son, Joseph Curtis Cheney, was killed in southern Laos on September 5 when a C46 transport he was piloting was shot down by communist ground fire.
Although the loss of the plane was known, the fate of its occupants was not learned until last week. The State Department received confirmation from the United States embassy in Laos.
Killed with Cheney was his co-pilot, Charles Grant Herrick of Buffalo, N.Y., A third American, Eugene H. Debruin of Wisconsin, was taken prisoner by the communists along with four Asians who were aboard the plane.
The privately owned plane had been chartered by Air America to the Vietnamese government and was on a mission to drop food supplies to refugees in the communist zone.
25 Years Ago
Oct. 27, 1988
The Montesano Bulldogs came away with the team championships in both boys and girls varsity cross country at the West Cowlitz League championships, held at Lake Sylvia. The Bulldogs also had the individual league champions, Carolynne Mifsud-Ellul and Brent Hooper. Hooper set a course record of 15:19.
10 Years Ago
Oct. 23, 2003
Longtime Montesano School District teacher and coach Beam “Bo” Griffith II, 52, died last Wednesday, Oct. 15, in a Seattle hospital where he had been treated for leukemia diagnosed in June. He had undergone a bone marrow transplant in late September, which was successful, but trauma from previous chemotherapy led to kidney and liver failure from which he didn’t recover.
Mr. Griffith was Montesano’s head basketball coach in 1992, when he was diagnosed with Poems Disease, a rare disorder that had him critically ill for several months, and wearing leg braces thereafter. The disease was eventually brought into remission. Although he never coached basketball again and needed a cane to walk for a few years, he continued his career as a teacher and golf coach and was even able to resume playing golf, a sport in which he was a low-handicapper.