125 years ago
Sept. 7, 1894
T. Brown, of Lawrence, Kansas, arrived Monday, on a visit to his brother C.O. Brown of this city, and will remain several weeks.
A.C. Graf and family will leave Monday for quite a visit with relatives and friends in the east, going over the Canadian Pacific railroad. They will visit the parents of Mr. Graf in LaPorte, Ind., and afterward go to Cleveland, Ohio. Al will be absent for six weeks or more, while Mrs. Graf will remain east probably during the winter.
A fine looking young animal, and one which has attracted considerable attention, is a thoroughbred 2-year-old Percheron stallion which was bred and is owned by J.P. Garrison, of this city. The animal was weighted the other day and tips the scales at 1,370 pounds. If any one can beat this around here, let it be known.
The fire company did some good practice work last night. Some quick work was done when five streams of water were turned on from as many hydrants, within four minutes from the time the alarm was sounded.
It may seem a little paradoxical, but Monday being Labor Day, the public officials did not labor. Labor Day is now a legal holiday.
Whenever three men are seen talking together now-a-days, they are at once accused, tried and convicted of concocting a political scheme, and an effort to prove the falsity of the charge would add falsehood to the original crime, in the minds of the observers.
100 years ago
Aug. 22, 1919
W.H. Abel started Sunday for Washington, D.C., where today he is due to appear before Sec. of War Baker and the military affairs committees of the Senate and House of Representatives on behalf of a large number of owners of what is now a part of the Camp Lewis military reservation.
Mrs. Charles Allen returned Monday night from Centralia, where she has been visiting for the past two weeks.
Misses Mona Connor and Jessie Jones returned Monday from a two weeks’ vacation at the beach.
J.E. Calder is threatening to shave off his mustache. He was talking to a man who had his little boy with him the other day, and the little fellow it seems, had never seen anyone with a mustache except in pictures. Mr. Calder noticed him tugging and trying to ask his father something, and being fond of youngsters, insisted on giving the lad an opening: “Papa, papa,” whispered the youngster, “is he the kaiser?”
Ben Swisher and wife have returned home from some months spent peeling cascara bark in the Wynooche Valley.
R.G. Trask and family were down from Malone on Sunday afternoon. They will soon return to their home in Montesano.
Dr. J.H. Fitz reports the arrival of a baby boy at the Joe Pickett home Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Miss Bessie Daws returned Monday night from Bellingham where she had been attending the annual meeting of the County Clerk’s Association. Miss Daws was elected secretary of the association for the coming year.
75 years ago
Sept. 7, 1944
Reports were received this Wednesday that Lt. James M. Hollingsworth received credit early this week for the destruction of eight German planes in a battle in which a total of 143 enemy planes were destroyed.
Hollingsworth, who was home in Montesano early last spring after having received the Distinguished Flying Cross for service as a P-38 fighter pilot in Africa and Italy, returned to the European theater of operations at his own request last June.
Lt. Hollingsworth is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Hollingsworth. he is a member of the local post Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Using a vinegar solution for combating coccidiosis in poultry is not only valueless, but it may be harmful, reports Fred Frasier, extension poultryman at the State College of Washington.
To dispel the confusion concerning the merits of vinegar as a coccidiosis treatment, U.S. Department of Agriculture specialists conducted a series of extensive experiments using a strong five percent solution as well, ordinary commercial vinegar in a dilution of one part to 79 parts water (0.05 percent acidity). The latter was the strength previously reported to be beneficial.
Results showed that neither the dilute vinegar nor the stronger acetic acid solutions provided any protection against the disease. Since the chickens in the group treated with vinegar gained less on the average, than similar untreated birds — sometimes only a fourth as much — the treatment was judged to have a somewhat harmful effect.
50 years ago
Sept. 4, 1969
The Montesano Bulldogs will not play a “home game” in the coming football season, scheduled to get underway at Ocosta on Friday, September 12. This was the decision Wednesday of school board members.
According to Chairman Caldwell, “The new football field just isn’t ready yet, and after spending nearly $10,000 on revitalizing, we don’t feel we should gamble and possibly have to do the work again next year. We still have two good months of growing time, and this should give us the desired turf for next year.”
Black Knight, a dog-about-town, led the gay life of aristocratic London.
The popular Pekingese dined on turtle soup and drank the finest sherry. He attended Lord Mayor’s banquets and was presented at Buckingham Palace. At the race track, he barked tips on the horses as his mistresses read him the entries.
When he died in 1955, obituaries recounted his exploits.
Black Knight’s adventures, described in the National Geographic Society’s book, “Man’s Best Friend,” were unusual but not necessarily unique. Few dogs lead a “dog’s life” any longer.
An estimated average of $115 is spent annually on each of the 26 million canine pets in the United States — a total of about $3 billion. Far more money goes for dog food than baby food, and many pets eat more nutritious meals than do their owners.