Nuttall’s Nut House bomber returned to England 75 years ago

Pages of the Past for Thursday, May 2, 2019

125 years ago

May 4, 1894

Wm. McRay, injured in a shingle mill at Cosmopolis Monday, was brought to the city and is being treated at St. Joseph’s hospital. He will recover although injured very seriously. Over two inches of bone was cut away from the upper part of his right arm at the upper joint.


An advertisement for the Montesano Hotel: “Rates reduced to $2, $1.50 and $1 per Day according to room. English, German and Scandinavian spoken. First-class Accommodations. Bus to and from Boats and Trains. When in Montesano give us a try. Mrs. N.S. Johnson, Propr.”


Nine vessels were in port in Hoquiam at one time this week loading lumber at our mills for southern ports, and besides, that the N.W.L. Co. is shipping three or four car loads a day to the east.


In Honolulu, a mass meeting of 2,000 royalists Monday evening denounced the action of the provisional government in holding the coming constitutional convention, claiming that it infringes upon sacred rights. The queen was opposed to the meeting and it was held against her protest.

Registration proceeds very slowly. Many prominent Americans will not take the oath of allegiance, as they fear losing the right to vote in the United States.

Only 700 out of 13,000 voters have registered.

100 years ago

May 2, 1919

The auto demand continues to exceed the supply. Following is a list of recent sales by the local auto companies: L.C. Davidson Company — Albert Schafer, Buick roadster; Sidney S. Johnson, Ford roadster; C.O. Hanson, Chevrolet touring car; Dr. J.H. Fitz, Buick roadster; Mrs. W.T. Drip, Dodge touring car; W.J. Murphy, Overland touring car; R.C. Young, Chevrolet touring car; Warren Wood, Buick touring car.

Montesano Auto Company — E.S. Avey, Studebaker light six touring car; Lee Fry, Ford touring car; Schafer Brothers, Ford truck; J.E. Hill, Ford touring car; Pickering and sons, Ford truck and chasis; Cleve Hildebrandt, Studebaker light six; and Louder, Ford touring car.

75 years ago

May 4, 1944

Lieutenant-Colonel A.C. Nuttall and his crew aboard the bomber “Nuttall’s Nut House” returned to England March 9 after a bomb run to Berlin.

Colonel Nuttall is a graduate of Montesano high school. He took his training in 1940 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the fall of that year. He received his present rank on Feb. 28.


The Boy Scout troop of Montesano will soon have its own summer cabin as a result of action taken Wednesday by a committee including Lloyd Foss, Ed Kesterson, V.I. Whitney and Floyd Otter who spent a large part of the day locating a site for the camp on property belonging to the Schafer Brothers Logging company, who are donating the land and material for the cabins.

The camp will be located on the west fork of the Satsop river about 12 miles from Montesano. Cars may be driven within two miles of the camp for the boys.

50 years ago

May 1, 1969

A man long active in the promotion of Montesano, sometimes behind the scene, will no longer be found in his place of business after today. C.I. Whitner has sold the Montesano Insurance Agency to Laurence Lucke and Fred Rapp of Elma.

Chet, as he is affectionately called by his many friends and neighbors, has been in the insurance business at Montesano for the last 27 years.

Among his accomplishments are such activities as being chairman of the Land Acquisition Committee which was instrumental in acquiring sites for the Shopping Center, Capital Savings and Loan, Monte Villa Apartments, Simpson Grade School and the County Library. In addition to all this, Chet was chairman of the special committee, which was composed of Chapin Collins and Dr. R.A. Campbell, who raised the $500 in order to buy the necessary land so Lake Sylvia could become a state park.

25 years ago

May 5, 1994

If You Ask Me, question of the week: “Do you think the federal government should ban private ownership of assault weapons?”

Reta Zieska, Hoquiam, retired: “Yes. As far as I’m concerned there are far too many guns in the world today. I don’t believe that people need such guns as assault weapons.”

Leonard Dombroski, Hoquiam, retired: “I have some mixed emotions. On one hand, I wouldn’t want to see a ban on such weapons become a ban on all weapons. On the other hand, most people who do have such weapons shouldn’t have any kind of gun at all.”

Wanda Dombroski, Hoquiam, retired: “Yes, they should be banned. Such weapons can’t be used for hunting or anything in sports. I can see having a gun for protection, but not assault weapons.”

Joe Oritz, Cosmopolis, city employee: “Yes, they should ban such ownership. I feel that would aid in curbing violent crime in this country. Such weapons are not needed.”

10 years ago

May 2, 2009

The Weyerhaeuser Co. announced Monday that it will close its Bay City log export facility affecting some 54 employees. The company will inventory and clear remaining logs from the yard over the next 30 days before closing permanently.

“We are taking this action due to continued weak demand for wood and wood products,” said Rich Wininger, vice president of Weyerhaeuser’s Western Timberlands operations. “We will consolidate log sorting and exporting at our other facilities in the region, located at Longview and Olympia.

Weyerhaeuser has operated the Bay City yard since the early 1970s.


Question of the Week: Where is your favorite place to eat in East County?

Corey Rux, Montesano, Captain, Paramedic at Fire Department: “Savory Faire. I think all of their food is fantastic. Especially the homemade bread. I usually get a turkey cranberry sandwich.”

Haley Whipple, McCleary, server at Rain Country Restaurant: “We don’t go out to eat a lot ’cause there’s so many of us. But if we do, we order takeout from Rain Country.”

David Deason, Aberdeen, millworker: “The Bee Hive. They have good food at a fair price. I usually get a burger, but also have enjoyed breakfast there.”

Vicky Bowdish, McCleary, retired: “Lake Sylvia because it’s great people watching and fishing (watching).”


With a seemingly never-ending assault on Castle Rock’s goal, Montesano easily downed the visiting Rockets 8-0 in a 1A boys soccer match-up Thursday, April 23, at Rottle Field.

The Bulldogs tallied seven first-half goals, which gave them plenty of breathing room to play with throughout the contest.

Jason Franks and James McCullough had two goals each while Derek Jensen, Derek Rich and John Spearin each tallied one goal.

Compiled from the archives of The Vidette by Karen Barkstrom. She can be reached at 360-537-3925 or