120 years ago
Friday, Dec. 2, 1892
A splendid specimen of clay was left with us a few days ago by Col Milroy, who has discovered a bed of it within 30 feet of a place near the Chehalis where vessels can land. He pronounced the clay to be of a superior quality and of an unlimited quantity, being a solid bed at least 30 feet high. It will be thoroughly tested, and if it proves as good as expected, a company will be organized to manufacture brick.
Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Heron’s baby, Blanche, was the winner of the fourth prize of Wells, Richardson & Co.’s Lactated Food competition, which was given to the prettiest and fattest babies using their Lactated Food. The prize is a beautiful solid silver souvenir spoon. The chances of success were very few, there being more than 700 competitors and only 10 prizes, but little Blanche was there when the award was made.
100 years ago
Friday, Nov. 29, 1912
Last Saturday was the 85th anniversary of the birth of Mrs. Mary A. Tarr, and on Sunday she gave an informal little dinner party in commemoration of the day. The Rev. and Mrs. R.L. Wolfe and Mr. and Mrs. R.G. Trask were the invited guests.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Swartz were in Elma on Tuesday making arrangements to move to that city next Monday, where Mr. Swartz will have charge of an automobile garage.
The large potatoes that were given by the Montesano Chamber of Commerce as souvenirs to the delegates of the Good Roads Congress were raised by J.C. Smith of the Satsop Valley. Although they were not selected with any especial care, they were an extremely good lot of potatoes and were an eloquent testimonial of the richness of the Satsop Valley soil.
75 years ago
Thursday, Dec. 2, 1937
Montesano and Grays Harbor County were shocked Thanksgiving night to learn that one of their most beloved citizens, former Superior Court Judge George D. Abel, had died suddenly while asleep at his home here. Judge and Mrs. Abel had spent the holiday with their son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Martell W. Brown, and their family in Aberdeen and returned home about 8 o’clock. At 9 o’clock he lay down to take a nap and was dead when Mrs. Abel went to call him for the news broadcast at 10 o’clock.
Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Burial followed in the Wynooche Cemetery.
George Douglas Abel was born March 9, 1869, on Turkey Creek, near McPherson, Kan., where his parents had settled after coming from Britain. When the Spanish-American War broke out, he volunteered and was commissioned first lieutenant in the 22nd Kansas infantry and later promoted to captain. Appointed by Gov. Ernest Lister in succession to the late Judge Mason Irwin, he served here for 14 years, retiring in 1928 in order to re-enter private practice, which he continued until his death. He had moved to Montesano in 1917 and had since made his home here. He is survived by his wife and six children.
E. H. Quigley, superintendent of the Montesano schools, was elected a director of the Washington Education Association at the meeting of the legislative council of that body in Seattle the last of the week.
50 years ago
Thursday, Nov. 29, 1962
The last of the manual telephone systems in West Coast Telephone’s Washington State serving area will pass from the scene at 11:01 p.m. Saturday when dial telephone operation is introduced at Montesano and Elma. The changeover will bring seven-digit, all-numeral telephone numbers to both cities. Prefix for all telephones in Montesano will be “249.” All Elma numbers will begin with “482.’ However, Montesanans desiring to reach Elma must dial “O” to obtain the long distance operator.
Sunday’s wind storm hit this section of the Olympic Peninsula. Perhaps the worst catastrophe was suffered by Gordon Tate of Elma, when a falling tree totally demolished his truck, parked on a road near Schafer Creek. The accident occurred when he and a few others were clearing the road of another fallen tree. At the first crack of the broken tree, they all jumped into a roadside ditch, and fortunately no one was hurt.
On Thanksgiving Day, Mr. and Mrs. T.O. Larson of Everett announced the engagement of their daughter, Lillis, to Mr. McDonald J. Vejlupak of Salem, Ore. Miss Larson has been county extension agent in Montesano for a year and a half. The wedding will be Dec. 15, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Salem. After a wedding trip, the couple will be at home in Salem.
25 years ago,
Thursday, Dec. 3, 1987
Montesano Springs to Lite: The first Montesano Festival of Lights gets under way at 6 p.m. Friday when Mayor Mike Daniels rides down Main Street in a lighted vintage Model A Ford, driven by Marion Bogdanovich and followed by the Montesano High School marching band, decked out with lighted hats. In addition to the electrically lighted buildings in the downtown area, some 12,000 luminaries (candles in paper bags filled with sand) will be lighted in front of the commercial buildings to further enhance the scene. Margaret Downey is the instigator of the festival.