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120 years ago

Friday, Nov. 4, 1892

SUPERIOR COURT — In cause of Catharine A. Pratsch et al., v Aberdeen Packing Co., upon considering the motion of defendants for a retrial of the cause on the grounds that neither the defendant nor its attorneys had notice that the cause was set for trial and were not present at the trial, the cause will be set for rehearing upon defendant’s paying all costs of the former trial, including the expense of the plaintiff’s attorney for attending the former trial, the same to be paid within 15 days after the plaintiffs file an itemized bill showing the amount of such costs.

SATSOP — James Parish of Satsop, a lad about 14 years of age, had a leg broken last Saturday while scuffling with a playmate.

100 years ago

Friday, Nov. 1, 1912

While trying out an automobile that he had just recently purchased, T.F. Wilcox had the misfortune last Sunday of being upset in a ditch between Montesano and Aberdeen. The car struck a slippery spot and slid off the road, turning over on its side in a couple of feet of water. Mrs. Wilcox, their two children and Miss Myrtle Vandervort were in the car with Mr. Wilcox, but luckily, no one was injured. The car escaped with only a broken windshield.

Norman McDonald and son, Clifford, went to Lacey on Monday, where Clifford was enrolled as a pupil in Saint Martin’s Academy.

75 years ago

Thursday, Nov. 4, 1937

WYNOOCHE VALLEY — For 50 years, William F. Darby, Wynooche Valley farmer, has taken his livelihood from, the bottomlands of Grays Harbor.

It was 50 years ago, that Darby, 73, with an ax, a saw, jackknife and a wife, went over the hill from Montesano to become one of the first settlers in the North River Valley. In company with six other families, he whacked out a clearing near where Vesta now stands, then a region of huge firs and spruces. There were no roads then, only trails leading to Montesano and Cosmopolis.

A year after Darby settled, his first child was born, Caroline, the first white birth in the North River area. Now Mrs. Eubanks, she lives in Aberdeen. Her birth claimed the life of Mrs. Darby and was largely responsible for Darby leaving the valley for the Wynooche country in 1900. He joined such other pioneer families as the Wilkies, Simons, Birdwells, Moaks, Gochnours, Geisslers, Olsons, Longs, Caldwells, Taylors and others, as still represented on the Wynooche. Darby’s acres stretch across the fertile bottoms opposite the mouth of Black Creek. Because it is lighter work than farming, he devotes most of his time to chicken raising, though he still keeps a herd of cattle.

50 years ago

Thursday, Nov. 1, 1962

Miss Laurie Jones, 22-year-old Montesanan who was selected last spring to serve in the Peace Corps, is finishing a four-month training period this week in New York City. She will arrive in Portland on Nov. 3 to spend a few days visiting friends and relatives before coming home Nov. 7 for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theron Jones. She expects to leave Nov. 11 for a two-year assignment in Bogota, Columbia, South America.

Charges of manslaughter and second degree assault were filed in superior court Thursday against Stanley McKinney Sr., Montesano, as result of the fatal shooting of his wife, Lundy, 44, while they were hunting Sunday in the Wynooche Valley. The tragedy happened near the Wynooche water intake when McKinney fired his 30.06 rifle at what he thought was a buck deer. Mrs. McKinney was struck in her upper chest. The bullet severed her jugular vein, and she died almost instantly. With the McKinneys at the time was Frank W. Dobransky, also of Montesano. Mrs. McKinney was wearing a yellow shirt and a red hat but was standing against a background of colorful vine maple.

Prosecutor L. Edward Brown said that presumed negligence brought Mrs. McKinney’s death under the manslaughter statute. The law also provides that shooting a person while hunting is second degree assault. The maximum penalties are 20 years for manslaughter and 15 years for second degree assault.

25 years ago

Thursday, Nov. 5, 1987

Bill Collins, Olympia, attorney and son of the late Chapin Collins, former Vidette publisher, and Mrs. Collins of Montesano, has received awards from two professional organizations. He was named member of the year by the Washington Correctional Association at its annual awards banquet Oct. 15 in Tacoma. The award noted his work with legislative issues on behalf of the association.

Earlier in the fall, Collins received the Professional Development Award from the Western Correctional Association, which has members in 14 western states. Collins is a former senior assistant attorney general now in private practice of law that focuses on correctional issues. He has consulted and trained on correctional legal issues for various government agencies from coast to coast and is recognized as one of the country’s most experienced correctional lawyers.

Boyd J. Rozen, quartermaster of Montesano VFW Post No. 2455, has been appointed to serve as a member of the organization’s National Civil Service and Employment Committee by Earl. L. Stock Jr. of Ft. Plain, N.Y., commander in chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Stock stated that Rozen’s record of service and achievement to both the nation and the VFW were key considerations in his selection.