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120 Years Ago

Feb. 16, 1894

The work of building a protection to the Satsop wagon bridge is progressing as fast as possible under the circumstances. About half the piling has been driven, and when completed, it is believed there will be little danger of the bridge going out, but it would not have been safe to leave the work undone at this time.

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An accident occurred in the Hoquiam Mills Tuesday, which badly damaged one of the engines, and injured engineer Crawford. He was back of the engine when a crank pin on one of the large engines broke, the steam forcing the crank through the cylinder, and doing other damage. The engineer was struck with a piece of machinery and it was feared seriously injured, but he is said to be nearly all right again.

100 Years Ago

Feb. 13, 1914

The first Montesano view of the Kinetophone, the genuine Edison Talking Pictures, will be given at the Montesano Opera House, Feb. 18-19, when the apparently impossible will be achieved, the audience hearing and also seeing a musical performance, a minstrel show and getting an explanation. It seems beyond belief, but the beginning is only in sight. We are making history every day and the Kinetophone will give future generations the complete story in full detail. The Edison Talking Pictures are all they are heralded to be, the synchronization is perfect, the voices clear and distinct and have created an unlimited amount of talk wherever shown.

75 Years Ago

Feb 16, 1939

First fruits of Sheriff M.B. “Tiny” Taylor’s campaign for higway safety appeared in justice court here this week

Five violators were fined by Justice John E. Fox on Tuesday. They were:

Owen Achey, fined $75 and driver’s license suspended for drunken driving in Hoquiam February 11.

Jim and Roy Hulet, companions of Achey, fined $30 each for drunkenness.

Glenn Dailey, fined $50 for drunken driving between Montesano and Brady on February 12.

H.I Grant, fined $15 for speeding between Montesano and Brady on February 13.

All were arrested by Deputy Sheriffs Don Trinneer and George Hastings.

On February 11, Justice Foz fined Jacob Warwick $25 for reckless driving between Montesano and Elma on February 11. He was arrested by Constable J.M. Cartell.

“It is no pleasure for us to arrest people,” Sheriff Taylor said, “but we are determined to put a stop to practices that endanger life and property. We urge the public to observe the ordinary rules of courtesy on the highways and to follow the simple regulations adopted for their protection.”

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A new Pick-Rite store was opened to the public last weekend, winning wide and favorable comment.

The arrangement of displays has been changed so that customers find everything within easy reach. Illuminated panels brighten the store and a new system of price marking has been adopted.

“We are most appreciative of the many cordial remarks made to us by our customers,” said Harry Pickering, manager.

50 Years Ago

Feb. 13, 1964

A cooperative effort on the part of the cities of Montesano, Elma and McCleary in an attempt to solve the “dog problem” was revealed at the regular meeting of the Montesano City Council Tuesday night by Chief of Police Bruce Curtright.

Curtright said it was proposed that a dog pound be established at McCleary and that stray dogs picked up in Montesano, Elma and the east end of the county be taken there.

Owners would pay a minimum of $5.00 to recover their animal and would have to get it licensed upon release. The problem of dogs running loose is becoming a serious one in all three cities, Curtright said.

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Nearly 120 Montesano school students, most of them in the high school age group, were absent from school early this week with what appeared to be attacks of stomach flu in varying degrees.

25 Years Ago

Feb. 16, 1989

A coalition of citizen, government, business, labor and forest-industry groups filed a request in U.S. District Court in Portland last week for an injunction to halt a U.S. Forest Service plan that would set aside an additional 374,000 acres of forest land in Oregon and Washington for the northern spotted owl at a cost of as many as 10,000 jobs.

The coalition asked the court to block the agency from reducing timber-harvest levels on the region’s national forests until U.S. District Judge Helen Frye can try a lawsuit contesting the plan, which the coalition filed aerlier this week.

10 Years Ago

Feb. 12, 2004

Which costs more: Cleaning up after vandals or installing gates and then policing a closed forest?

The Montesano City Council began asking that question Tuesday, Feb. 10, when members of the forest committee reported they were talking about closing the forest to public access. Only those with permits issued by the city and with a legitimate city purpose would be allowed in, Councilman Greg Ballew said.

Currently the main roads into the 5,000-acre forest are open 24 hours a day and there are 14 side roads that were gated in recent years.

“Other major timber companies have done the same thing,” Ballew said.

Councilwoman Vini Samuel replied, “I guess I’m adamantly opposed to that. The difference is the citizens own the forest here.”

Closing the forests would represent “a major shift in the basic philosophy” over access to the forest,” she added.