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120 Years Ago

June 15, 1894

It is expected that a great game of ball will take place here some time next week, between the Stanford University nine and the Montesanos. The Stanfords have accepted an invitation to come, but have not yet fixed the date.

100 Years Ago

June 12, 1914

Wm. Arthur, of the Satsop Valley, was convicted in Judge Bignold’s court Tuesday afternoon of killing deer unlawfully. He was tried before a jury and the evidence was sufficiently strong, based on a partial confession he had made to Deputy Game Warden H.H. Pennell and others, to secure a verdict of guilty. The man was fined $3 and costs, amounting in all to $32.05.

75 Years Ago

June 15, 1939

Ed A. Ramsey, 30, who has been a guest of Sheriff M.B. “Tiny” Taylor in the big house on the hill, must have had some pressing business.

A trustee, who was to have been released this Friday, he walked out of the courthouse Thursday night, about 8 o’clock, while J.E. Cook, janitor, wasn’t looking. Ramsey was doing some work under Cook’s direction.

As a result, Ramsey has made himself liable, Sheriff Taylor pointed out, for a much longer term because he beat the gun 24 hours or so.

He was serving time on a vagrancy charge, accused of having used the names of law enforcement officers in an attempt to force persons to buy subscriptions to a police magazine.

50 Years Ago

June 11, 1964

Councilman Roy Lemming made one of the briefest reports Tuesday ever received by the city council. He referred to the fact that Montesano has turned down a proposal to permit “safe and sane” fireworks on the Fourth of July. Then he said:

“I’m really ashamed of our city council. Aberdeen has voted yes. Hoquiam has voted yes. Montesano has voted no.

“So much for that.”

25 Years Ago

June 15, 1989

After much public comment, the Montesano City Council decided to hold off on a vote to annex 53 parcels of land noth of McBryde Street and East of Sylvia Lake Road.

Although the proposal has much support among the affected residents — 55 people signed a petition in favor of it — questions arose about how the new zoning would affect residents.

The way it stands, people raising non-domestic animals in the area would be able to keep them, but they would not be able to replace animals when sold, or otherwise trade them in. One resident said that he did not want to “defeat my purpose for being here.”

Gerald Cutler said that the new zoning would mean people doing business in the vicinity would have to get conditional-use permits to continue.

10 Years Ago

June 10, 2004

Dierks Bentley, the Academy of Country Music’s “best new male artist” for 2004, is coming to the Grays Harbor County Fair.

Spotting early talent has become something of an art form for fair organizers.

“We had the same thing happen with Clint Black and the same thing happened with Tim McGraw when they came here,” Fair Director Debbie Adolphson said.

In addition to Bentley, fairgoers will be treated to concerts by Mark Farmer, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad and Big Brother and the Holding Co. (Janis Joplin’s original band.)