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120 Years Ago

Jan. 5, 1894

Howe’s addition was sold last Saturday at sheriff’s sale to satisfy a judgment of $826.05 and costs. The addition consists of 15 acres, and was bid on by J.S. Haye at $55 per acre. On motion of L.B. Bignold the sale was set aside for irregularities, and the property will again be offered for sale on February 1st.

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A few years ago there were quite a number of men in Chehalis County whose wealth was rated from $20,000 to $30,000, in real estate, and who were looked upon with envy by the less fortunate man who owned no property and did not want to buy on time. Now as taxpaying time approaches, the whilom rich man looks upon his poor neighbor and murmurs “blessed be nothing,” for the man without property doesn’t have to pay more taxes than his income amounts to.

100 Years Ago

Jan. 2, 1914

The dental inspection of all school children, from the primary to the eighth grade, of the Montesano public schools, will be made during the next week, when the new school term begins. The local dentists, Dr. G.H. Wartman and Dr. S.L. Moak, will make the inspection, examining the teeth of every child in the grades. There will be no charge made for this work and the good that will no doubt ensue from it will be large.

75 Years Ago

Jan. 5, 1939

Announcement has been made by the state Works Progress Administration office that orders have been received from their Washington, D.C., headquarters that, because of the rapid depletion of funds, it will be necessary immediately to separate an additional 7,500 workers from the WPA rolls in this state.

The curtailed January allotment of WPA funds for this state will also prevent the carrying out of previous plans for the return to work of almost 6,000 workers laid off in December.

Taking cognizance of the serious relief situation impending in this county as result of WPA layoffs, Grays Harbor County commissioners sent an appeal to the Legislature on Tuesday urging immediate action to provide necessities of life for those affected.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 2, 1964

The eastern edition of The Farm Journal, national farm magazine, carried the following quip about the farm of Fred Wolf of Oakville.

“COWS WITH AMBITION. A letterhead of a dairyman in Grays Harbor County, Washington, carries the slogan: The Wolf Dairy: Home of Discontented Cows — Always trying to Do Better.”

As fussy about their printing as they are about their dairy, the Wolf letterheads were naturally printed by The Vidette.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 5, 1989

The 8.46 inches of rain that fell on Montesano last month brought the total annual rainfall to 72.11 inches, 8.36 inches more than the 1987 total.

The heaviest 24-hour rainfall occurred December 29 when a total of 2.40 inches was measured.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 1, 2004

A search for a stolen traffic signal trailer led to three arrests on suspicion of manufacturing methamphtamine on South Union Road near Elma on Monday afternoon.

Grays Harbor Sheriff’s deputies were investigating the traffic signal theft when they discovered chemical waste products and equipment used in making meth. Undersheriff Rick Scott said.

Deputies arrested a 46-year-old woman, her 25-year-old son and a 38-year-old man, all of Elma.

Scott said the bust marks the 48th meth lab discovered during 2003, 14 more than the previous year.

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