Pages of the Past: ‘Large, modern electrically drive’ mill planned, 100 years ago this week.

Pages of the Past for Oct. 3, 2019

125 years ago

Oct. 5, 1894

B. Zeebuyth, the merchant, informs us that he expects to leave next Monday, if possible, for Ogden, Utah, where he hopes to receive some benefit to his throat, which has caused him no little suffering and annoyance for some time. His physician informs him that a change of climate is absolutely essential, medicines being of little avail.


There have been some changes in the management of hotels in this place the past week. On Monday, Mrs. Johnson moved out of the Montesano house to take the management of the St. Helens hotel in Chehalis. Mrs. M.A. Watkins, the owner of the Montesano, and for many years hostess of the hotel, is again in charge of it. Geo. Reynolds, late clerk in the Montesano house has leased the Washington hotel and opened it up Monday to the public.


James Carstairs, one of the well-known residents of the upper Satsop, was in town Tuesday attending commissioners court, and dropped in to see us a few minutes.


E.B. Goodell and family are preparing to leave in a few days for Southern California, to spend the winter, in the hope that a change of climate will prove beneficial to the health of Mr. Goodell, which we regret to say is in a precarious condition. They will go to Los Angeles County, near the foot hills, where it is believed the equable dry climate will be helpful.


A number of friends were entertained last Saturday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Fenner, it being the birthday of Mr. Fenner, and the affair an entire surprise to him. Whist and refreshments served to make the evening pass most pleasantly.

100 years ago

Sept. 19, 1919

Schafer Brothers Logging Company is planning a large, modern electrically driven shingle mill and have possible sites at Montesano under consideration for its location.


Vernie Smith, a well-known boy of Satsop, who went overseas with Company G, arrived in Montesano last Saturday. Vernie was with the 3rd division on the other side in the transportation corps. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clark Smith, formerly of Satsop, are now living in Portland and young Smith will go from here to spend a short time with them.


Miss Marian Rue of Seattle arrived in Montesano Monday to assume her duties as teacher of the eighth grade in the schools here. Miss Rue has been working for the anti-tuberculosis sanitarium in Seattle for the past two years and it was because she had been in Alaska after a patient for the sanitarium that she was late in reporting for duty here.


Misses Esther Knudson, Clara Beaver, Jessie Jones and Orphia Devonshire were among the young folks who went to Seattle to hear the president and see the great United States Navy fleet.


Mrs. H.S. Shorey entertained a few friends for dinner Wednesday. Those present were Mrs. Charles Keller, Miss Irene Keller, Miss Lois Osbourne of Manchester, Ore., and Mrs. W.R. Osbourne of Aberdeen.

75 years ago

Oct. 5, 1944

The Montesano area is first again to meet war-time demands for support of American fighters. This Monday, checks were sent amounting to $3,500 to the National War fund committee of Grays Harbor district to cover the 1945 quota for support of the USO and other war aid organizations and $600 was sent to the Grays Harbor council of Boy Scouts to cover this area’s share of scout financing for the coming year.

Therefore there need be no War Chest drive in Montesano this year, according to Chairman W.H. France and Treasurer Gaston Moch of the Montesano War Chest committee.

A balance amounting to $2,960.39 still remains in the Montesano war chest to meet all demands through the balance of 1944 and part of 1945.

Other communities in Grays Harbor county are starting War Chest drives to meet their quotas, which total some $38,000 for the county as a whole.

The funds are distributed for fighters aid and recreational needs according to government approval.


Swooping down on a German airfield in Eastern France recently to investigate flak conditions, 1st Lt. James M. Hollingsworth, Montesano, Washington, fighter pilot, shot up and destroyed a Dornier 217 parked on the field. During combat flying in North Africa last year, Lt. Hollingsworth had destroyed a DO-217, an Me-109 and an FW-190, all in the air.

Lt. Hollingsworth, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Hollingsworth, 505 North Calder St., Montesano, Washington, is an alumnus of Western Washington college.

He holds the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and 12 Oak Leaf Clusters.

50 years ago

Oct. 2, 1969

Monday saw the Board of County Commissioners set the boundaries of the proposed city limits of Ocean Shores, a proposal that will be voted upon by residents of that community on Nov. 4. If the incorporation proposal passes, the northern boundary will be A.O. Damon Road from the ocean to the shores of North Bay, with the exception of the Minard property that lies east of Point Brown Road. The some 30,000 acres which lie between Damon Road and the north jetty will then become the city of Ocean Shores, provided the incorporation effort is accepted by the voters.

In other work of the board, two vacation hearings were set for Monday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. The first, located in the original plat of Ocosta, and requested by Curtis Jackson, et al., includes the vacation of Columbia Ave., Sixth to Salaida; Puget Ave., Sixth to Salaida; and alley in block 35 and the west one-half of Salaida from Columbia Ave. to the ocean. The second hearing, requested by Esther Perssons, et al., deals with several streets and alleys in the town of Ocosta.

The commissioners, Monday, also approved a payment of $1,466.76 to the Olympic Air Pollution Board, and authorized Barbara Glenn, of the engineer’s office, mileage payment for travel to Centralia while she pursues a special course in data procession.

A letter received from Bert Cole asked the commissioners to give serious consideration to the implementation of a fire code in regard to housing that is constructed in forest areas. The letter, which was turned over to the Regional Planning Commission for study, indicated that “much housing presently in forested lands does not approach fire codes, due to the fact they were constructed in a haphazard method, and consequently could present a fire problem.”