120 Years Ago
April 13, 1894
Quite an important business change has been made in this city since our last issue. The Bank of Montesano, the oldest banking institution in the county, has practically changed hands, as the majority of the stock has been sold to other parties. The purchaser of this stock is nominally W.A. Dickey, although he doubtless represents some eastern capital. The amount of stock transferred was $43,000.
The Bank of Montesano is the outgrowth of the banking business of C.N. Byles & Co., which was started July 1, 1887, by Mr. Byles and Mr. Case, of Astoria, who were principal stockholders. The rapid increase of business caused the organization of the Bank of Montesano, April 9, 1890, with capital stock of $75,000.
The institution has always been regarded as one of the strongest and safest in this section. Its conservative management no doubt had much to do with sustaining confidence in the bank during the dark period of financial depression, through which it has been forced to pass.
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Inspector O’Brien, of Tacoma, was in town Monday for the purpose of registering the Chinese of this place. He registered them all — twelve in number. He stated that they were the most intelligent lot of Celestials he had ever seen. He went from here down the Harbor.
100 Years Ago
April 10, 1914
Harold Johnson was stabbed and nearly killed by Section Foreman Gowan at South Montesano Sunday night. Gowan disappeared and at Johnson’s request no report of the affair was made to the police or sheriff. It seems Gowan was intoxicated and accused Johnson of making away with his gun or something of the sort. Johnson slapped him and then Gowan pulled a knife and commenced slashing with it. The most serious wound is a puncture of the left lung. Gowan disappeared immediately after the scrap and has not been seen since, though his family and friends have been looking for him.
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The plan of service at the Crist Hotel has been changed from the European, under which it has been operated for several months, back to the American plan. No a la carte service will be afforded, all meals being served table de hote. The commercial dining room meals will be served at 50 cents and the general dining room at 35 cents, as for years past. This plan has been found to be most satisfactory to the public and Mr. Crist for this reason has decided to resume his old service.
75 Years Ago
April 13, 1939
Poison Accidentally Kills Florist Early Easter Morning
A tragic end to a happy Easter season came suddenly early Easter morning when Anders Jonassen, 60, died almost instantly after swallowing a small amount of a powerful insecticide, taken by mistake in the dark.
Thoroughly tired after an unusually busy Easter season, Mr. Jonassen was about to retire while his son, Andrew, and Robert Lincoln, an assistant, were preparing to take a truck load of Easter blossoms to Aberdeen. Mr. Jonassen drank a small amount of what was believed to be a stimulant, obtained in the darkness from the greenhouse storeroom.
Immediately, he realized the mistake and called out. Andrew assisted him to the greenhouse, but in a few moments he slumped and died in his son’s arms.
Andrew gave him artificial respiration and then called Dr. Merle S. Harmon. Dr. Harmon said that nothing could have been done to save him, as the poison is known to act with startling rapidity, often in a few seconds.
Christian Science services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Whiteside chapel, with interment at Wynooche cemetery.
50 Years Ago
April 9, 1964
“Player of the Year” Gary Bradds of Ohio State heads the 1964 All-American team selected by the National Association of College Basketball Coaches. The almost 400 coaches who participated in the balloting, conducted annually by the Wheaties Sports Federation, gave Bradds 2,319 total points. Joining the Buckeye star on the first team are Walt Hazzard of UCLA, Dave Stallworth of Wichita, cotton Nash of Kentucky and Bill Bradley of Princeton.
25 Years Ago
April 13, 1989
A request to the city by Montesano Community School for financial assistance in regard to the Festival of People this next July, pretty much fell on deaf ears Tuesday evening when it was presented to the city council.
“I don’t believe it’s right that Community School members should rent out space on city property for vendors during the festival,” objected Councilman Bill Rozen. “It seems to me that every time the council turns around the Community School is asking for funds one way or another. I’m against forking over any more money.”
He went on to note that all the various organizations, including the VFW, pay some kind of fee for the right to sell their wares or crafts during the festival.
On the other hand, Councilman John Tennefoss told the council, “The city has just so much money that we have allocated to tourist-oriented events and I believe the request should probably go before the County Tourism Council. Their funds were increased recently by the county from $40,000 to $85,000.”
10 Years Ago
April 8, 2004
During a routine check of Montesano’s drinking water system, a presence of total coliform bacteria was found. City officials do not believe a health emergency exists but issued a news release to keep people informed.
“We know, so we want everybody to know,” said Mike Wincewicz, public works director.
The total coliform group is a large collection of different kinds of bacteria, according to the Department of Health.
Wincewicz said water customers do not need to boil their water. Bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E-coli, were not found in the water.