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120 Years Ago

Nov. 3, 1893

There has been a dispute for some time between J.F. Buck and A.K. Wade, who both have claims on North River, as to the boundary lines between the respective places. On Monday last the wordy hostilities renewed, and before the affair ended Buck had a broken arm. Yesterday the latter swore out a warrant before Justice Bignold for the arrest of Wade, charging him with assault with a deadly weapon. The hearing will take place Monday.

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Last Sunday afternoon, a party of young folks composed of Giles and Stella Quimby, Laura Moak and Thomas Birdwell came to very nearly drowning, while taking a pleasure ride in a row boat on the Chehalis. They had been up the river as far as J.M. Carter’s place, and were returning home when the accident occurred. Giles was standing up in the boat, and when opposite the residence of E.L. Wade he suddenly slipped and fell, overturning the canoe and throwing the whole party into the water. The boys could swim, but with their heavy clothing weighed down in the water they could not get the girls ashore. All must have perished had not the accident been witnessed by Charlie Wade, who went to the rescue in a boat. He was none too soon, as one of the girls was unconscious when taken from the water; and the others in the party were completely exhausted. They were taken to the home of Mr. Wade, where they were kindly cared for, and the girls kept all night. It was an experience such as none of them care to have repeated.

100 Years Ago

Oct. 31, 1913

The case of Pete Williams, a Quinault Indian, vs. L.J. Esses, as deputy game warden, for an injunction restraining the latter from interfering with the fishing operations of Williams was decided in Superior Court Monday by Judge Irwin in favor of the defendant. This decision settles a much mooted question as to whether the Quinault Indians had the rights to fish without a license, which they claimed under the provisions of an old treaty. Article three of the treaty reads, “the rights of taking fish at all usual and accustomed grounds and stations is secured to said Indians in common with all citizens of this territory.”

Referring to this clause the judge says: “I consider that by the treaty the Indian was given the right to fish simply in ‘common with the citizens of the territory,’ and they were and are amenable to the laws of the territory and subsequently of the state as they might affect the rights of all citizens in that regard.”

The decision will enable the deputy game wardens to compel Indians to obtain hunting and fishing license, when off their reservations, and disposes of a matter that has been brought into court in previous instances, but never pressed to a conclusion.

W.H. Abel was attorney for the plaintiff Williams and Deputy County Attorney O.M. Nelson conducted the case for the State.

75 Years Ago

Nov. 3, 1938

Monte Panicked by “War of Worlds”

Montesano reacted with the rest of the United States to the frightful “invasion by Mars” last Sunday evening.

The radio broadcast of a fantastic story by H.G. Wells was presented in such a realistic manner that many believed it to be true.

One woman, highly agitated, ran to warn her neighbors of the impending disaster.

Another, visiting in Tacoma, said they were all greatly alarmed. Her younger brother ran out of the house and back again, to report he thought he saw some bombing planes over the city.

“I could scarcely believe my ears,” one businessman said, “but it sounded just like a news broadcast so I thought it was true until I discovered that men from Mars were supposed to be running about.”

The broadcast told of devastation being wrought in New Jersey and New York by the invaders from another planet, and many people missed the announcement that it was just a story. The broadcast created conditions of near panic from coast to coast.

50 Years Ago

Oct. 31, 1963

George Griffith, 28, arrested in Seattle Monday, was brought to Montesano Tuesday by Grays Harbor County Undersheriff A.M. “Pat” Gallagher and Deputy Prosecutor Paul Fournier to face a first degree murder charge against him in connection with the shooting death last Friday of Richard F. Biglar, 26, of Seattle.

The incident occurred south of Montesano in a wooded area near Oakville. Griffith had been sought since his younger brother, Robert, 26, led Grays Harbor sheriff’s deputies to Bigler’s body.

The Griffith Brothers and Bigler, all Seattle residents, had gone on a hunting trip last weekend. Robert told officials he remained in his car while his brother and Bigler had gone into the woods together. He found Bigler’s body after hearing a gunshot, he told detectives in a signed statement.

The younger brother has been held in the county jail here for further investigation. The older brother was arrested Monday night as he alighted from a Spokane bus.

Investigating the case further, Grays Harbor County Prosecutor Edward Brown and Chief Criminal Deputy Sheriff Hughes Carnes went to Colville on Tuesday to question another man who is purported to have driven Griffith to Springdale, near Colville, on Saturday night.

25 Years Ago

Nov. 3, 1988

A new water source for Montesano is due to be on lone next month, just in time for Christmas, Norm Krueger, city engineer, has told members of the Montesano City Council. The existing system has significant pipe corrosion and elevated levels of manganese. Tapping into the new well will permit the city to flush out the old system, thus replenishing the water supply.

The city has invested some $270,000 to acquire the land and construct a new well and transmission water line. Officials expect the new source to be on line by early December.

10 Years Ago

Oct. 30, 2003

Two roads are better than one.

That’s what the Grays Harbor County Commission decided in a 2-1 vote Monday night after three hours of public comment over a proposed subdivision on Clemons Hill.

The developer, Joe Stipic of Aberdeen, president of Northwest Rock Inc., wanted to extend Kayla Road into the 76.8-acre property.

He urged commissioners to lift the Planning Commission’s two-road requirement, saying he could not find any other housing development on Grays Harbor that had been required to build two roads if just one could be shown to meet requirements.

Kayla Road residents urged the commissioners to require both roads, saying their quiet residential streets shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of the 32-home development when there are easements in place for extending both roads.

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