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120 Years Ago

Nov. 10, 1893

Gus Stratton was congratulating himself yesterday morning on his success as a hunter, when he succeeded in killing as fine a specimen of deer as one would wish to see in the Wynooche bottom just below town. Imagine his chagrin and regret when he learned it was one of George Griswold’s pet deer, which had strayed away from home.

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J.D. Bennett, who was over from North River Monday, states that a strong effort is being made to get an appropriation for the removal of the jam in the river, which seems to be the only bar to the marketing of everything the farmers of that section can produce at good profit, and to the floating of logs to the mills. It is hoped the requisite aid may be secured.

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The recent high water has done some disastrous work for the county, by washing away the bulk of the bank protection in the Wynooche River, built for the purpose of guarding the county bridge from being washed away by extreme high water. The job was but recently completed, having been accepted by the county commissioners in September. The work was done by Fenner & Tuttle, at a cost of $331.

100 Years Ago

Nov. 7, 1913

By a vote of 240 to 55 the electors of the local school district, at the meeting held in the school house Saturday afternoon, voted down the proposition to purchase two blocks of property just west of the school grounds for use as a playground and park. The meeting convened at 2 o’clock and after several talks for and against the purchase, a motion was made that the polls be kept open until 6 o’clock. This was amended and finally passed to close the voting as soon as those then present in the room had been given an opportunity to cast a ballot. Tellers were appointed to take the ballots and when voting was checked up the proposition was found defeated by approximately five to one.

That the city of Montesano needs more room for playgrounds for the school children is questioned by but very few persons, but the high tax rate that is on for the coming year and the general feeling against anything that will tend to increase taxes, caused the defeat of the proposition.

75 Years Ago

Nov. 10, 1938

By a majority of nearly three to two, Grays Harbor voters approved the creation of a public utility district, embracing all of Grays Harbor County, and elected the following commissioners to direct the district:

C.B Sherwood of Satsop (unopposed).

H.E. Bailey, former mayor of Aberdeen.

Oliver S. Morris, former state senator.

The district will have the power of taking over, by purchase or condemnation, the privately owned utilities now serving the county with electric energy.

50 Years Ago

Nov. 7, 1963

The Montesano Chamber of Commerce, at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday at Walt’s Broiler, unanimously passed a resolution urging the formation of a countywide group to press for favorable Congressional action on the Wynooche dam project.

With the Grays Harbor Port Commission planning to hire a Washington D.C. consultant, the resolution urged that the port commission take the lead in setting up a committee to press for dam construction monies.

It was felt that organized action on the part of segments of the entire county would be more fruitful and obtain faster results in getting the proposed project off the ground.

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The furnace at the Hunters Prairie school near Elma blew up Monday morning, just as the children started to assemble.

No one was injured nor was there any fire but everything – walls, ceiling floors and furniture – was plastered with soot.

The teachers called for help and PTA members responded, bringing with them their husbands and neighbors along with mops and buckets.

The children, who had visions of an unexpected vacation, were kept milling around the yard as the school gym had been visited a couple of nights before by an unfriendly skunk. The lesser of the three evils seemed to be the nice clean rain, so that is where they stayed until the rooms were cleaned up a little.

The cleaning will be finished this week.

25 Years Ago

Nov. 10, 1988

Since garbage dumping rates at the LeMay landfill east of Aberdeen are due to go up come December 1, it follows that garbage collection rates in Montesano will soon follow suit. Jerry Goodwin, owner/operator of the Montesano Sanitation Service, appeared before Montesano’s city council Tuesday evening and told the members, “It currently costs about $17.50 per ton to dump waste in the landfill. We understand it will go to $40 a ton on December 1. Obviously that means there will have to be an adjustment in the costs of collection.”

Goodwin attributed the rise in dumping fees to the fact that the life expectancy of the landfill is not as long as originally thought to be and that it will cost more to close the facility. He also noted that considerable sludge from a pulp mill is also being dumped at the landfill, apparently cutting down on the capacity of the site.

At present time, homeowners in Montesano pay $3.90 per garbage can per month and Goodwin noted, “It would appear that rate should probably go to about $5.75 per can per month.”

10 Years Ago

Nov. 6, 2003

Grays Harbor County Commissioners chalked up one for the consumer Monday when they approved a 15-year-deal with Comcast that allows the company to provide cable television on the Harbor — provided they keep an office open in Aberdeen and offer a discount to senior citizens.

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Fish and water.

Boats and water.

Unfortunately, sometimes the two are like oil and water.

A proposal before the state Fish & Wildlife Commission to ban fishing from all motorized craft on the upper Satsop and Wynooche rivers gets a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday at Montesano in the commission meeting room.

At the core of both proposals is the proliferation of jet boats on narrow, sometimes shallow rivers. The modern jet boats, with their shallow draft , can go farther upriver than traditional crafts at a time when there are simply more fishermen on the river, state Fish & Wildlife officials say.

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