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120 Years Ago

July 27, 1894

According to the annual report of County Superintendent Hutcheson, for the year ending June 30, the number of children of school age in the county is 3,210 as against 3,158 last year. The enrollment this year was 2,524, a gain of 143. The total amount paid out for teachers was $23,775, a small gain, but the average wages paid teachers was reduced from $58.99 to $55.56 for males, and from $49.76 to $49.61 for females. During the year, 49 male and 50 female teachers were employed in the county.

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100 Years Ago

July 24, 1914

R.H. Fleet, of this city, has announced his candidacy on the Republican ticket for the office of representative to the state legislature from the 29th district. Mr. Fleet will make a strenuous race for the office and, if elected, should serve the district well. With the energy displayed by Mr. Fleet in local affairs in local affairs at the service of the district in the state legislature, Chehalis County’s interest will be well looked after. What Mr. Fleet has accomplished for the good of Montesano is an excellent indication of his value to the district in the legislature.

75 Years Ago

July 27, 1939

A model low-cost home is to be built by the White Star Lumber company in Montesano.

The house is designed as a demonstration of how an attractive home can be constructed for a small investment.

The house, from plans designed by the federal housing administration, will contain a living room, two bedrooms, bath and kitchen. In architecture, it will be in the popular Cape Cod style.

Its cost will be between $2,000 and $2,500, according to Max Wyman, White Star manager. It will be located on two lots, recently purchased from Mrs. Ethel Melville, on the northwest corner of Sixth and Byles. The Iva Barrow-Curry agency handled the transaction.

50 Years Ago

July 23, 1964

A tentative schedule for the Wynooche dam, looking toward completion of the first phase by 1969 and delivery of industrial water by 1970, was described to the Montesano Chamber of Commerce Tuesday by Gregory Nelson.

Nelson is a member of the countywide Wynoochee Dam Committee, which consulted with the Corps of Engineers, United States Army, in Seattle on July 14.

At present time, Congress is considering a $200,000 appropriation for advance planning and site determination, Nelson pointed out. Favorable action is considered likely, since this amount was recommended in the President’s budget and has been approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

25 Years Ago

July 27, 1989

Barnstorming will be back in style at Bowerman Field on Saturday, Aug. 5, as the community celebrates Grays Harbor Aviation Day. A full-fledged military air show, complete with fighter planes, helicopters and parachutists will highlight the day’s activities.

10 Years Ago

July 22, 2004

The biggest race of the 2004 Northern Sprint Tour season at Grays Harbor Raceway had an added attraction of having rookie sensation Kasey Kahne racing in the Rudeen Racing No. 26 sprint car in a 49-car field.

Returning to his sprint car roots, the Enumclaw native was the 1997 NST Rookie of the Year and had three feature event wins in 1998, Kahne raced both Friday and Saturday nights at the three-eighths-mile, high-banked clay oval.

As most eyes in the grandstands were fixed on Kahne, who was on a break from the NASCAR Nextel Cup series, Rick Fauver of Everett emerged as 2004 NST Evergreen State Sprint Challenge Champion.