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120 Years Ago

May 25, 1894

Two of Montesano’s boys took a drive up the Wynooche last Sunday. Not being familiar with the crossings of the river, they very naturally got into deep water. The buggy went under the water and the boys were carried down the stream. One of them, who never was known to swim a foot in his life, swam ashore with the agility of an expert, while the other is said to have hung up on a snag long enough to pray with the fervency of a preacher.

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The Indians who passed through Montesano from the Chehalis reservation about two weeks ago to hold a Shaker camp meeting on the north beach, returned Monday night as far as Montesano and went on to the reservation the next day. They stated that they had great success with their meeting — nearly all the Indians joining the Shaker church. From George Leschi, who seemed to be the leader of the company, we learned that fifteen from the Quinault agency, fourteen from the Humptulips, and nine from the Oyehut joined during the meeting. He said that a few refused to join because “they were just like the white folks — they wanted to see first whether those who did join stuck to it.”

100 Years Ago

May 29, 1914

W.E. Crist has purchased a sixteen passenger auto stage and will use the machine on the run between Montesano and Aberdeen. The car will be delivered here next Tuesday and will be put into service at once. Mr. Crist intends to operate the stage line on a steady schedule, making six round trips daily between the two cities. If the experiment is a success, the line will be extended to McCleary and the harbor and more machines put on the extended run.

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Thomas Welch and John Driskel, itinerants, were arrested early Wednesday morning by Night Marshal A.C. Wolfe and given a preliminary hearing before Judge Pettijohn Wednesday on a charge of burglary. When arrested, the men had a sack containing three chickens just recently killed in their possession and circumstantial evidence throws suspicion upon them for the theft of three chickens that are missing from the pen of J.M. Honea, according to evidence introduced at their hearing.

75 Years Ago

May 25, 1939

After having been closed for practically 18 months, Clemons branch of the Weyerhaueser Timber Company is planning to reopen two of its camps June 12, F.W. Byles, manager, announced at the company’s office at Melbourne this Thursday afternoon.

The camps will be Nos. 2 and 3 and each camp will operate with one side and about 250 men will be employed, Byles stated. This is about half the company’s capacity when operating on a complete schedule. The 250 men will also include the construction camp, which will also be working.

The first work to be done will be to clean up down timber, but it is hoped, Byles said, that if the market continues to be no worse than now, that the operation can be continued steadily.

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Sixteen hundred pheasant eggs have been received by the Grays Harbor County Four-H pheasant clubs from the state game commissioner.

50 Years Ago

May 28, 1964

Montesano’s annual Memorial Day parade will get under way at 11 o’clock Saturday morning, May 30, with the Montesano High School band leading the procession from city hall to Fleet park.

25 Years Ago

May 25, 1989

The Montesano School District want to — and according to Bill Denholm, superintendent, has to “because we have a liability from an insurance standpoint” — chop down some trees on the two acres behind Simpson Elementary School on West Simpson. But that won’t be happening if Charles Marr, 411 N. 3rd Street, has anything to say about it.

Tuesday evening, Marr and his wife appeared before the city council to ask the members if there wasn’t anything at all the city could do to stop the proposed logging.

“We understand,” Marr told the council, “that the school intends to develop a baseball diamond on the site. As it stands now, we have enough trouble with cars blocking our driveway when there is a school function. Besides, the trees offer a shelter from the prevailing winds and are aesthetically pleasing. We’re definitely against the tree removal and are asking the council to do something about it.”

Denholm, who was also at the council session Tuesday, told the members, “We have been told by our insurance carrier that we have a definite liability in regard to some of the trees threatening one or two houses nearby, and that they should come out.”

In addition to that,” he continued, “there have been problems for years with kids smoking and drinking in the woods. Removal of some of the trees would certainly curb those activities.”

Dan Glenn, city attorney, told the council and audience, “In a case like this, the city doesn’t have any jurisdiction. It is private property and we understand that the school board, which governs school decisions, has already given permission to have these trees removed.”

10 Years Ago

May 27, 2004

Walking through the dairy section of your favorite grocery store will, for a moment, make you forget about the price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline as you gasp over the price of a gallon of 2 percent milk.

While consumers in Washington state have been watching the cost of regular unleaded surpass $2.20 per gallon, the price of dairy products was going up. In April, the national average $2.90 for a gallon of whole milk; $4.13 for a pound of natural cheddar cheese; $3.35 for a pound of salted grade AA stick butter; and $3.81 for a half gallon of bulk prepackaged ice cream, according the the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. But for dairy farmers, the price increase gives them a chance to rebound from two years of painfully low prices.