120 years ago
Friday, Feb. 17, 1893
ABERDEEN — A burst steam pipe at the electric light works forced that plant to shut down on Tuesday night, leaving the city in darkness.
The news of the 40-cent rate on lumber caused general rejoicing among the mill men of this city, who see an increase of business in sight and a busy season is looked for.
Mrs. Clyde B. Weatherwax presented Clyde with a 13-pound girl on Saturday morning and Clyde has been handing out cigars to the boys and wearing a broad smile. Mother and child are getting along finely.
The nugget man, over at Chehalis, is having a “bit” of difficulty with an individual at Ilwaco. He says: “We have never seen him, but judging from the evidences at hand, we should guess he must be an idiot of the pulp-headed variety, whose attempt at vision is an expressionless stare, whose speech is simian jabber, whose intellect is a misfit vacuity originally intended for a Shoalwater Bay teredo. We should advise him to educate himself by association with neighboring oyster beds — or, better still, to bury himself. He smells worse than the tide flats when the water is out.”
Did you get a valentine? The sleigh bells are silent again. News items are as scarce as dollars this week.
100 years ago
Friday, Feb. 21, 1913
The Board of County Commissioners met in session at 9:30 a.m. Monday. (100 years later, the county commissioners are still meeting to do a morning session). Among business discussed, the commissioners ordered that the treasurer refund to the Polson Logging Co. the sum of $36.32, the same being double payment for a previous tax paid. Commissioner Locke is authorizing to employ a building inspector at a salary not to exceed $125 per month, to supervise the construction of the County Hospital.
The county commissioners also rejected a request to pay $27.75 to L.P. Hedrick for damages to his wagon and harness, on account of a defective county road.
The fish hatchery has been busy. L.M. Rice reports to The Vidette concerning the Chehalis fish hatchery some very interesting items. From 2044 females taken up to the 15th of February, 5,360,000 eggs were secured. Number of fish hatched during the week ending Feb. 15 was 250,000 and 60,000 fish were turned out during the week. Mr. Rice states that now is an excellent time to visit the hatchery, as there are eggs and small fish in all stages and a very interesting day can be spent in investigating the work of the hatchery.
SATSOP — Elmer Brady went to Seattle Wednesday on business and Mrs. Abner Ball entertained the Embroidery Club last Friday afternoon.
The Satsop basketball team is tied with the Aberdeen High School team for the leadership of the county league. The Satsop boys, ably assisted by Vetatch of this city, are putting up a red hot race for the pennant and we believe that they will win the bunting. They are a clean lot of young fellows and deserve to win.
The Montesano High School debating team was defeated last Friday evening by Kalama High School at Kalama. The decision was two to one in favor of our opponents. The debate was a very close one and only a fraction of a point difference was made in the scoring. The home boys feel that they received fair treatment in every respect and are game losers. This loss puts Montesasno out of the contest for the championship and terminates the debates for this season in so far as the local school is concerned. Our boys have made a record that they can be proud of, even if they have lost out at this stage of the game.
75 years ago
Feb. 17, 1938
A strike by the automobile mechanics union was called on Whitney’s in Aberdeen and Montesano Monday morning when Whitney refused to renew an agreement with the union until other auto dealers had made a similar agreement. The new agreement, which was to be effective Feb. 1, would have increased wages by 12.5 cents, which Whitney said would be impossible under present business conditions. “We have operated for two years under a union agreement,” Whitney said. “We have simply taken the attitude, which we believe is reasonable in every respect, that it is not practicable for us to operate in that manner while other competing plants were operating without a union agreement.”
County will improve roads and bridges: Five road improvement resolutions were adopted recently by the Grays Harbor County Commissioners. They are for $1,500 repairing the Cook Creek Bridge on East Satsop Road, repairing the crossing of Wild Cat Creek by Stilson County Road, $2,000; building a new 140-foot span on the Middle Satsop Road, $7,300; and grading and putting in culverts and pile trestle on .15 of a mile on the Howanut Road also known as Spring Creek Bridge, $2,500; and for the countywide road improvement project, $2,000.
Montesano Library adds more books. A total of 1,661 volumes were circulated by the Montesano Public Library during January. Fines collected amounted to $2.68 and rent to $1.50.
State and federal grants valued at $13,418 will go to flood improvement projects on Grays Harbor County streams. The work includes excavating, changing the channel, snagging, repairing shear cable and other work on the Humptulips, Wynooche, Quinault and Satsop rivers and Cloquallum Creek.
50 years ago
Feb. 21, 1963
Montesano’s big new fire truck is expected to arrive by rail this Thursday. It was shipped by American-La France from New York and cost $28,000.
The Abel Mansion, a landmark of Montesano since 1908, is being sold. The large residence was occupied this week by a new family, who plan to buy it from Abel, now of Sol Duc. The Abel family occupied the three-story residence in the fall of 1908. It contains 13 rooms and is surrounded by spacious gardens.
There be opposition to the proposal that Pacific Beach be incorporated as a town, when the subject comes before the county commissioners on March 18. George H. Emerson of Stanwood is among those objecting, saying the land is “deeply gullied and ruggedly uneven” and could not be developed, except at great expense. He expressed down that Pacific Beach will expand much as an ocean resort since the Navy owns most of the waterfront. There are miles of undeveloped ocean front south of Pacific Beach, he said. “I question that as a matter of economic reality there is sufficient valuation within the town to warrant a local administration,” he said. Emerson has been active in obtaining gas and oil leases in the area.
25 years ago
Feb. 18, 1988
The county commissioners authorized a new recycling program to begin countywide. The program follows a suggestion from Public Works Director Mike Daniels and Kevin Varness, environmental health director. A new seven-person committee will be appointed to identify a workable and economic program dealing with recycling materials in the overall countywide solid waste program. The new committee be independent of the existing Solid Waste Advisory Committee that deals with the solid waste program as a whole.