120 Years Ago
Aug. 11, 1893
The Ocosta Brewing Company started up their ice plant this week and are endeavoring to find a good master-brewer and commence brewing.
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This first catch of this year’s run on salmon was made Tuesday night off the harbor mouth by Forbes and Kemp. They caught eleven large black fish of splendid quality and quickly disposed of them in Aberdeen.
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A Wynooche River rancher hitched his horse to one of the posts supporting the veranda in front of S.G. Simmons’ hardware store last Sunday. The horse backed, pulled the post out, and brought the veranda down with a crash on the head of the rancher. He was a scared-looking individual as he was extracted from the ruins, but fortunately no damage was done except to the veranda.
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Several of our Chinese citizens have been indulging in the pastime of flying their strange looking kites this week, greatly to the interest of the small boy.
100 Years Ago
Aug. 8, 1913
A modern improvement that is being installed at the Crist Hotel this week is a steam warming table that will keep piping hot a great amount of cooked foods of all kinds. There are separate compartments for meat, racks for a number of large kettles, warming ovens and other conveniences. The table is made from galvanized iron, copper and thinned copper and in an up-to-date article in every respect and will greatly facilitate the handling of food in the hotel kitchen.
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The War College has reported adversely on the proposition of fortifying Grays Harbor and the Willapa Harbor and this probably means that all prospects of these projects being carried out in the near future are gone. In their report they state that these harbors are not 0 of sufficient strategic importance to warrant the expenditure of the vast sum that would be required to fortify them. They recommended the establishment of a strong field force inland to protect the inland country from raiding parties that might land at either harbor.
75 Years Ago
Aug. 11, 1938
What is believed to be the largest single shipment of shingles ever to have been made in the history of the northwest, and enough of them to roof an entire town the size of Montesano is to go out Saturday when the S.S. Anna Schafer sails from Grays Harbor for Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
The shipment will total between 10 thousand and 12 thousand squares and all were made in the Schafer shingle mill here. They are now being loaded on scows and taken down the river to mill No. 4 in Aberdeen, where they will be loaded on the Anna this Friday.
It is estimated these shingles would be sufficient to roof between 500 and 600 houses.
Nearest to size of this shipment is one made many years ago, prior to the market crash of 1929, by the Blanchard Lumber Company of Puget Sound. This is an eastern concern with a buying office in Seattle and the shipment, which was about seven thousand squares, did not necessarily come from one mill, whereas the Schafer shipment, nearly twice as large, was all made in a single mill, and will be shipped in a vessel belonging to the owners of that mill.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 8, 1963
Juveniles found wandering at large, without their parents or responsible adults, will be subject to arrest in Grays Harbor county outside city limits.
The county commissioners on Monday gave their delayed approval to a county curfew law.
For those under 16, the restricted hours are from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. For those 16 to 17, the hours are midnight to 4:30 a.m. The law is aimed at those under 18 found loitering, wandering about or disturbing the peace after 10 p.m. An amendment suggested by Commissioner John Pearsall excludes such supervised events as sports, dances and other parties where adults are present.
25 years Ago
Aug. 11, 1988
Jerry Goodwin, Montesano Sanitation operator, appeared before Montesano City Council members Tuesday evening to lodge a complaint about the city’s position in requiring him to post a $25,000 performance bond this year, something that has never been asked of an operator in the past.
“I have always provided a $3,000 bond,” Goodwin told the council, “and to increase it this much sounds a bit like overkill to me.
“I won’t have any trouble at all getting the required letter of credit from a bank in order to post the bond, but in doing so,” he added, “I’ll have to literally tie up some of my equipment and that places a burden on the company.”
Goodwin also pointed out to council members that while the city of McCleary requires a $2,500 bond, the city of Elma does not require one at all.
10 Years Ago
Aug. 14, 2003
Residents of Montesano will soon get their solid waste picked up in new toters by automated trucks.
LeMay Industries, which currently services the city’s refuse, wants to introduce large flip-open containers on wheels that are already being used in other service areas, including Aberdeen and McCleary.
Residents here will see an increase in their monthly garbage bill for the toters. Leroy Cox, a LeMay representative who spoke to the city council Tuesday night, said the amount was not set, but mentioned a possible range between 50 cents to $1 per month.
Households also will be required to haul the toters to the curb in order for LeMay’s automated trucks to be able to pick them up.