120 years ago
Friday, Nov. 25, 1892
Richard Arland has presented his daughter, Mrs. J.S. Gilkey, a deed to a hundred acres of land east of Montesano. He also made an equally generous gift to George Arland a short time since. They are both princely gifts and the kind to be appreciated.
The long dreary winter evenings are at hand again, and the young men are wondering how to pass the time most pleasantly and profitable. The Business Men’s Club rooms can be made very cozy, where an evening can be spent occasionally in reading, games, etc. The club should be revived by all means. Then again, the people of this city, having comfortable homes, should not neglect to invite the young people to their cheerful firesides once in a while. We suggested this plan last season, and many rainy evenings were passed most pleasantly in the homes of Montesano.
100 years ago
Friday, Nov. 22, 1912
The marriage of Miss Anna Sell of Montesano and Mr. August Mills occurred in Aberdeen on Wednesday of last week. The ceremony was performed in the home fitted up by the bridegroom. Only the immediate relatives of the young people were present. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Sell of Montesano.
Deputy Sheriff Carl Swartz resigned his office this week and will move to Elma at once, where he will take charge of a garage in that city. He will handle the Buick car.
The body of young Ernest Kesterson, who drowned in the Satsop River Tuesday morning of last week, has not been found. The Schafer Bros. logging camp, where Kesterson was employed, was shut down for several days last week, and the men all engaged in a search for the body but to no avail. The river is still at a high stage, and it is very doubtful if the body will be recovered until the water reaches its normal level.
75 years ago
Thursday, Nov. 25 1937
Observing the 53rd wedding anniversary of Mrs. Rosmond’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Rosmond will entertain with a family dinner Thanksgiving Day. It is also Mr. Katon’s 80th birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Katon were married in Bristol, Me., in 1884 and came directly to Montesano, where they have since made their home on a farm in the Wynooche Valley. Of their eight living children, four will be at home for the anniversary. Guests will be Mr. and Mrs. Lee Katon, Aberdeen; Mr. and Mrs. Willis Katon and son, James, Melbourne; Mr. and Mrs. Percy Katon, Montesano, and Mr. Katon’s brother, Tom Katon of Montesano.
Complimentary to her husband on the occasion of his 70th birthday, Mrs. John Schmidt entertained with a family dinner Sunday afternoon at her home at Brady. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clemons and family, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Schmidt and family, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lougheed and family, Miss Alma Schmidt, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Johnson of Bremerton and Mrs. and Mrs. Fred Schmidt and son, Cecil, and Mr. Adolph Schmidt of Hillsboro, Ore.
A large flock of pine siskins visited Montesano last week on their way south. They were seen by Mrs. R.W. McDonald and many others in her neighborhood. These birds, which are relatives of the wild canary, are unusual in that they do not always migrate to the same places winter and summer.
50 years ago
Thursday, Nov. 22, 1962
Members of the city councils of Elma and Montesano and other citizens were given a preview of the virtually completed West Coast Telephone building on First Street last Friday. First they were the guests of the company at a luncheon in Walt’s Broiler, where they learned from Lloyd Wallgren, the company’s Washington District manager, that West Coast will have spent more than $419,000 in the two cities converting their systems to dial. The cutover to the modern automatic system is scheduled for Dec. 1.
The golden voices of four members of the Satsop Grange won national honors in competition among quartets at the national Grange session in Indianapolis on Nov. 17. Given a big welcome home Monday evening were Dave Glenn, Buford Goeres, Rex Valentine and Bill Glenn.
Air and ground crews continued their search last week for the pilot and plane missing from Paine Field since Saturday, Nov. 10. Much of the search was concentrated on an area north of Grisdale between the Upper Wynooche and Satsop rivers. During breaks in the weather, the sky over camp was active with planes and helicopters.
25 years ago
Thursday, Nov. 26, 1987
Mrs. and Mrs. Albert Vetter will be honored at a buffet/reception at 1 p.m. this Sunday at the Olympic View Grange Hall in Brady in observation of their 60th wedding anniversary. Albert Vetter and the former Mary Edna Ehlbeck were married in Montesano on Dec. 2, 1927. They farmed near Woodland, Wash., for a year before moving to the Brady area and have dairy-farmed in the area ever since. They moved to their present location just east of Montesano in 1939. Mr. and Mrs. Vetter have two children, Mary (Mrs. Troy Vest) and John Vetter, nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Jim and Sandra (Meagher) Kallikoski announce the birth of a 6 pound, 9.5 ounce daughter, Sarah Ann, on Nov. 6 at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. The infant joins a 2-year-old sister, Renee. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Meagher of Montesano. Mr. and Mrs. G. Mills of Spokane are great-grandparents.
The 1987-88 version of the Montesano Bulldog basketball team will make their debut Monday, Nov. 30, when they take on the Aberdeen Bobcats about 7:40 p.m. in the second game of the annual basketball jamboree, slated for the Bulldogs’ home court. In the first game at 7 p.m., the Elma Eagles will face the Hoquiam Grizzlies, while the third game will match Aberdeen against the Eagles, and the fourth and final game of the evening will see Montesano taking on the Grizzlies. Members of the Bulldog team include Shane Phillips, Rick Denholm, Kirk Hockett, Kurt Loertscher. Todd Bridge, Mike Mykra, Jim Colton, Jim Louthan, Scott Raphoon and Scott Chapman. Head coach is Bo Griffith.