1944 senior class putting on ‘Mama’s Angel Child’

Pages of the Past for Oct. 31, 2019

125 years ago

Nov. 9, 1894

Lack of vitality and color-matter in the bulbs causes the hair to fall out and turn gray. We recommend Hall’s Hair Renewer to prevent baldness and grayness.


E.B. Couch brought down the election returns from Blockhouse; Abe Boyer, from Porter; A.P. Beck, from Summit; and Mr. Glover, from Oakville.


L.B. Bignold and Judge Compbell were elected justices of the peace in Montesano.


W.D. Baker returned yesterday from Aberdeen having been running rafts of shingle bolts to the mills at that place. Out of three rafts, not more than a dozen bolts were lost.


Mrs. A.N. Tompkins returned yesterday from a visit of a couple weeks with the family of her son in Elma.


The first team passed over the Satsop bridge at Dan Gleeson’s last Monday, the approaches having been completed on that day.


Jimmie Lyons smiles most benignly and thanks his “lucky stars” that he, some way or another, escaped the cyclone that struck all the rest of his ticket.

100 years ago

Oct. 17, 1919

“I can’t see that prohibition has benefited anyone.”

“Well gaze on Prof. Splint over there. Before prohibition he couldn’t support his family; now he has invented a family still that brings him in thousands.”


L.H. Potter says the settlers above Lake Quinsault say deer are scarcer this year than in a long time and that they lay the scarcity to the increasing number of cougars and coyotes in the foothills of the Olympics.


James P.H. Callahan, prominent Hoquiam attorney, was attending to court work here Tuesday.


Among those who spent last Monday in Aberdeen were Amanda Spradlin, Florence Twidwell, Delia Bergstrom, Iva Barrows, Mrs. Jack Cross and Mrs. Barr.


Miss Julia Remmelmeyer of Aberdeen was a weekend guest of Helen Niemi in Montesano.


Any old grump can complain, but it takes a man to find something always to be cheerful about.

75 years ago

Nov. 2, 1944

By now most everybody has petty well made up his mind as to how he will vote, at least in the presidential. And so long as he votes he will be doing his duty. The fellow that willfully neglects to vote this year is a bigger chump than he probably thinks he is because this is no ordinary election! There are some mighty important issues at stake this year and the main one is FREEDOM.

Freedom can be won on the battlefields between now and next year. Freedom can be won, OR IT CAN BE LOST, at the POLLS THIS YEAR! Regardless of how Mr. And Mrs. Washingtonian vote as to the Dewey-Roosevelt controversy, they should all be of one accord and with a mighty, concerted effort throw all the thinking “isms” out the back door on November 7th. It might be asking too much, but at least no man who loves Democracy and the American way of life can stand around with his hands in his pockets and see the Freedom that the boys are dying for handed to the insidious, subversive foes of America on a silver platter. The least one can do is to warn his friends against Initiatives 157 and 158 and Referendum 25.


The senior class is presenting, on November 17, a comedy, “Mama’s Angel Child,” written by Mildred Graham.

The play tells of the difficulties of Mrs. Charmer, a 45-year-old widow, who is at her wits end and also her financial end. She decides to take her daughter, Daphne, to an exclusive summer resort, hoping to make an advantageous match.

To this same hotel comes Horace Bagley, a millionaire, with his stepson, Dick Armstrong, a college football star. Horace is seeking to get away from designing females who would wed him for his fortune.

Mrs. Charmer insists that Daphne set her cap for Bagley, but Daphne has other plans. At a football game she has fallen in love with Dick Armstrong, even though she has never met him. Furthermore, she refuses to become interested in Bagley because he is so much older than she.

Knowing that many elderly men prefer younger women, Mrs. Charmer hits upon a plan to pose as much younger than she really is and have Daphne dress and act as a little child. Daphne is rebellious at the idea, but because of her mother’s insistent statement that they are facing the poorhouse, Daphne finally capitulates.

What happens between her and the end of the play is hilarious comedy.

The cast of the play consists of: Mrs. Charmer, a young widow, Lila Dromensk; Daphne Charmer, her daughter, Patricia Gleeson Ellen, an old family servant, Jennie Heikken; Horace Bagley, a millionaire, Don Lacy; Dick Armstrong, his step-son, Bud Easter; Willoughby, Bagley’s man-servant, Wallace Miller; Miss Kreeck, a spinster, Rose Papac.

50 years ago

Oct. 30, 1969

The Montesano Jr. High School football team is undefeated and unscored upon thus far this season. The team has 172 points to their credit, with an average of 43 points per game. The team is showing a lot of playing power in the future of MHS football prowess.

High individual scoring for the last two games with Ocosta and Cosmopolis: Bruce Clevenger, 0-6, 0-18, 24 points; Jim Howard, 0-12, 12 points; Mike Dunn, 0-14, 0-6, 20 points; Mark Pavlov, 0-10, 10 points.

Coaching this team are head coach Mike McCarty and assistant D.E. Rowan.


The second of a series of four concerts sponsored by the Grays Harbor Community Concert Association is slated for this Monday, Nov. 3, with the presentation at the Seventh Street Theatre, Hoquiam, of the American Concert Ballet Company.



Chapin Collins, Vidette columnist and former publisher, is a patient at Tacoma General Hospital, where he underwent surgery last Friday. He is reported to be recovering nicely.



The William Rosier VFW Auxiliary No. 2455 met in the post home on October 15, with junior vice president, Mrs. Albert Hensler, presiding due to the illness of both Mrs. Earl Wright, president and Mrs. Elmer Davidson, senior vice president.

A report was given on the official visit of the national president, Miss Erline Mayberry of Elkin, N.C., to the Department of Washington at Spokane, October 7 and 8.

Miss Mayberry spoke on her 10-point program, with the Americanism program countering challenges to American ideals, being one of the most important activities undertaken by auxiliary members.

By speaking out for the good things Democracy represents and by teaching children to honor their country and respect its ideals, it is felt much is done to counter the disturbing elements of today’s uneasy society. Each, it was stated, must take an active part in promoting Americanism everyday, to protect cherished freedoms from erosion by subversive influences.