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120 Years Ago

Nov. 24, 1893

Last Sunday a new time schedule went into effect on the Grays Harbor Branch of the Northern Pacific. At the same time the unpleasant announcement was made that no more Sunday trains would run for the present. While this is to be regretted, it is evident that the Sunday travel at present does not justify the running of the train, but it is expected that before spring the old schedule will again be put in force.

100 Years Ago

Nov. 21, 1913

A resolution was passed by the county commissioners at their meeting on Monday calling a public hearing for 1 o’clock, Monday, December 16, for the purpose of considering the advisability of putting in force in this county the “Wide Tire” law, enacted at the recent session of the legislature. This law regulates the weight of the load that may be hauled on a wagon with tires of certain widths, on the roads of this county. A violation of the law is a misdemeanor. The adoption of this law, in the opinion of the commissioners, would mean a great saving in cost of repairs to the roads of the county and would enable the road districts to keep their roads in much better condition.

75 Years Ago

Nov. 24, 1938

For the first time in history, Seattle produce dealers report, Thanksgiving supplies of cranberries will be entirely from Grays Harbor growing regions as eastern cranberries have been unmarketable because of their high price.

50 Years Ago

Nov. 28, 1963

In solemn services, Montesano churches have paid tribute to the memory of President Kennedy, reflecting the grief of citizens generally.

At 8 o’clock Friday evening, only a few hours after the death of the assassinated President, Montesano Catholics nearly filled St. John’s church at a requiem mass conducted by Fr. Kevin Coyle of Aberdeen. Fr. F.X. Murphy conducted a similar mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic church, Elma, at the same time.

All public offices, banks and most business houses were closed on Monday in memory of the late president.

25 Years Ago

Nov. 24, 1988

Olympic National Forest has permits available for families who enjoy cutting their own Christmas trees. Forest Supervisor Fred P. Stubblefield said $2.00 cutting permits are sold at district offices located at Hoodsport, Quilcene, Forks and Quinault. Permit holders are allowed to cut one young tree per family.

10 Years Ago

Nov. 20, 2003

A proposal by Montesano High School students to name their gym in memory of the late Beam “Bo” Griffith II is under consideration by the School Board, which has promised to “expedite fairly soon” its decision.

Griffith, a tremendously popular teacher and coach who had been in the district since 1974, died Oct. 15 of cancer-related illnesses.

Tyler Trimble, Joel Bialkowsky and Brandon Cairone presented the idea to board members Thursday.

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