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120 Years Ago

Feb. 2, 1894

It is a fact that the cost of living was never as cheap as at present, and yet in the midst of plenty there is great poverty. Right here in Montesano the cost of articles of common use is less than ever before. This cannot be better illustrated than an incident that occurred a few days ago. A man went into a grocery store and purchased goods to the value of thirteen or fourteen dollars. He asked for a discount because of the amount of his purchase, and was told that so small a profit was made on the articles that had he purchased a hundred dollars’ worth, no discount could be allowed. He was also told to set down and figure out what these same goods would have cost him a year ago, and it was found that it would have taken nearly 20 dollars. With coal oil worth but 90 cents a can of five gallons; cured hams, 12 ½ cents a pound; 20 pounds of best sugar for $1, and other goods in proportion, it would seem that people ought to be able to live, and yet if a man hasn’t a dollar in his pocket, it matters little whether a ham is worth 12 ½ cents or two bits a pound.

100 Years Ago

Jan. 30, 1914

To give Montesano a modern telephone system, housed in a new brick building to be erected by the telephone company on the corner west of The Vidette office, with all-night service and up-to-date equipment was the proposition laid before the City Council at the meeting Tuesday evening by Manager Wm. Shore, representing the Montesano Telephone Co.

The contemplated revolution in the service afforded may possibly have the effect of forestalling the granting of a franchise asked for last week by out-of-town interests.

According to the proposition laid forth before the Council by Mr. Shore, the telephone company intends to erect a one story building of brick on the vacant lot owned by this concern on the corner of First and D streets.

The system to be installed will be new throughout. A new switch board wired for four-party, two-party and single party lines will be installed. The plan on board to be adopted will permit of separate ringing; that is the bell on each phone of a party line will only ring when that particular phone is wanted, thus removing one serious objection to the party line. Four-party and two-party lines will be supplied to residences, but all business houses will be served by individual lines only. The type of phone to be installed is what is known as the central energy system, doing away with the necessity of ringing when calling central.

Twenty-four hour service will be instituted with the completion of the new system, and every point covered that makes for a strictly up-to-date telephone system.

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The tax rolls of Chehalis County for the year 1913 will be opened for payment of taxes the first Monday in February 1914.

Three percent discount allowed on general taxes if paid before March 15, 1914. No discount on personal property taxes. Personal property taxes go delinquent on March 15, 1914, and are then turned over to the sheriff for collection.

75 Years Ago

Feb 2, 1939

The new American Bakery will hold its opening reception this Saturday when O.A. Miller, proprietor, has invited the public to inspect the plant.

Located at the corner of Main Street and Marcy Avenue, the bakery has been newly equipped with a large, modern oven — oil fired — and other equipment.

Special attention has been given throughout to sanitation, and the bakery not only is prepared to increase its output but to maintain a uniform standard of high quality.

Entrance is at the corner where an attractive salesroom and display windows have been constructed.

Interesting demonstrations will be held Saturday, and there will be something for visitors to munch on.

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First the geese started flying north a couple of weeks ago, then this week the seals started the annual trek to the Arctic and today, Mr. Groundhog came out. And he did not see his shadow. At sunrise, which is his official time for prophesying.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 30, 1964

There were 10 more traffic deaths in Grays Harbor County during 1963 than there were in 1962, according to a report from the Washington State Safety Council.

The council said seven deaths in December brought the county’s 1963 traffic death toll to 24.

According to the council’s report, all 24 of the 1963 traffic deaths occurred on the rural highways of the county. There were no fatalities in Montesano and other cities and towns within the county in 1963.

Washington established its second worst traffic deaths year on record in 1963. Fifty-six persons died on the state’s streets and highways in December, boosting the year’s death toll to 624 — 13 more than died in 1962. The council said that not since 1941, when 661 persons lost their lives, had more traffic deaths been recorded in a single year.

25 Years Ago

Feb. 2, 1989

Voters in Grays Harbor County will go to the polls next Tuesday in only two school districts, Montesano and Oakville, in an attempt to approve or disapprove two bond measures.

On the local scene, Montesano voters will decide the fate of $7.3 million bond over a period of 20 years. If the measure is successful, a new junior/high school complex will be constructed on the site of the present high school, with the main entrance located on N. Church Street instead of Spruce. Four new classrooms would also be added at the elementary level.

In Oakville, voters in that district will decide the fate of a $639,897 bond that will permit the construction and equipping of additional classrooms, a new gymnasium and middle school administrative offices. The bonds would mature in 15 years.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 29, 2004

When the Elma Eagles and Montesano Bulldogs get together, emotions surge and the favored team doesn’t always win.

It’s always tough to play cross-town rival Montesano” Elma head coach Marvin Prince said. “It always ends up being a very physical game.”

And this game was no different. The Eagles were able to beat the Bulldogs, 76-53. It was Elma’s second victory over their rival in the past two weeks.

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