125 years ago
Nov. 23, 1894
One thing can be said of Montesano, that speaks well for the place: People removing from here to other places, are seldom satisfied to remain away and can be generally depended upon in time to return to Montesano.
Eldredge Wheeler has become a resident of Montesano, having taken up his residence in the Academy addition.
Parties who have agreed to furnish wood on subscription, and those who desire to pay for their paper in this manner, are urged to deliver the same as soon as possible. We need it badly.
W.C. Calder has been making some improvements this week in the rink, which will add to the comfort and pleasure of patrons. Five dozen chairs have been added, making 150 in all. Some repairs have also been made on the stage, and wooden shutters have been placed on all the windows, which will be appreciated by the audiences, if not by the small boys who have heretofore so greatly annoyed the people from the outside.
100 years ago
Oct. 31, 1919
Mrs. C.E. Fosnot and Mrs. Mary Medcalf were in Elma Wednesday afternoon, guests of Mrs. Early France, who was entertaining the Episcopal guild that afternoon.
Mrs. George Elfbrandt is in Tacoma this week a guest at the home of her parents.
T.F. Brown and wife were in Portland over Sunday selecting holiday goods and visiting.
B.E. Williams, editor of the Oakville Cruiser, was a pleasant visitor at The Vidette office Wednesday.
James Gleeson, well known rancher from the Satsop valley, was in town Thursday afternoon on business.
Lynn Cloud and Ivan Caldwell left yesterday for Centralia where they expect to be for a few days transacting business.
Albert Crist was visiting friends in Aberdeen Wednesday night.
Miss Marian Rue was ill Wednesday. Her classes were taught by Superintendent Wheeler.
Mrs. F.L. Carr entertained Mrs. Swackhamer as her house guest last week.
75 years ago
Nov. 16, 1944
Grays Harbor county 4-H club members have done outstanding work in local and state contests this year and have won recognition and various awards for their efforts.
Geraldine Curtice of the South Union club and Fred Graf of Montesano were county winners in the demonstration contest. Besides being eligible for the southwest Washington contest at Chehalis, they received a cash award given by the Aberdeen Rotary club.
At the Chehalis contest they both scored high and were awarded blue ribbons. Geraldine’s demonstration was “Making of Gingerbread,” and Fred’s, “Making a Rope Halter.”
Merilyn Mobray, who belongs to the Wynooche Valley Girls’ club, was county winner in the dress revue contest and also competed at Chehalis. In Chehalis, she won the southwest Washington contest and was then eligible for Western Washington competition in Seattle. She made a cotton school dress and slip and bought suitable accessories.
Floyd Conway of the Wishkah Valley Dairy club won the purebred Jersey calf awarded by the Aberdeen Kiwanis club for the outstanding dairy project in Grays Harbor county. Floyd has completed four years of dairy club work and now owns a herd of purebred Jerseys of his own which he has raised in his 4-H work.
Sears, Roebuck & Co. sponsored a statewide 4-H victory garden contest and a 4-H food preservation contest. Blue ribbon winners in the garden contest were: Alice Carman, Fred Everett, Collin McMaster and Elvin Collings. In the food preservation contest the blue ribbon winners were: Iris Jean Taylor, Beulah Wilder and Marilyn Mobray.
Beulah Wilder was also the county winner in the 1944 national 4-H canning achievement contest.
Two hundred and ninety-five club members throughout the county entered garden produce, canning, stock, sewing, etc., in their local 4-H fairs. They share in the premium money according to the number and quality of their exhibits. The premium money for these fairs was given by the Chambers of Commerce of Elma, Montesano, Aberdeen and Hoquiam.
50 years ago
Nov. 13, 1969
Shipping figures released this week by the Port of Grays Harbor indicate that Harbor facilities experienced a good month for exports during October.
A total of five log ships loaded 12,825,415 board feet, while two vessels loaded 2,463 short tons of pulp. One lumber barge, owned by the Oliver Olsen Line, loaded 998,650 board feet of finished hemlock lumber from the Ho River area.
Total log storage in the Harbor on the last day of October amounted to 23,495,040 board feet. During the month, port employees rafted 2,269,040 board feet at Terminal One, and lifted 1,323,630 board feet of logs at Terminal Four.
Opinion: Thousands of big black headlines and Page 1 stories, and miles of video tape and television movies attended the October 15 “moratorium” activities from coast to coast. It was estimated “at least a million Americans took part in the demonstrations at the colleges and in the streets.
But there were no headlines nor TV or radio coverage proclaiming the fact that “at least 215 million” Americans did not demonstrate, did not parade, did not wave placards or shout demands favoring the Viet Cong enemy. Two-hundred-and-15-to-one is quite a large majority to be so completely smothered by so small a minority.
National sponsors of the October 15 debacle are priming for an even bigger show of anti-administration mockery on November 15, and it is time the masses of the people will be heard. National Headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and VFW posts across the country, are urging the “silent majority” to show their support for their government during the week of November 9-15 which includes Veterans Day, November 11.