Pages of the Past, May 3

A weekly collection of stories from The Vidette’s archives.

125 years ago

May 5, 1893

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100 years ago

May 3, 1918

The High School’s annual senior’s play, given Saturday night at the Auditorium, was attended by all who could be seated in the big room and all were pleased with the clever work and the excellent acting of the youngsters.

To give credit to one is to give credit to all who took part in the play, but most of all, perhaps, Miss Holcombe, who trained the actors should have credit for her reading of the parts of “And Home Came Ted,” and the impression she created through her students.

Though not the heroine of the play Helen Irwin as the old maid was so perfect in her part that she probably led the applause.

75 years ago

May 6, 1943

The commandos of the woods are in need of a few more young men who would like to serve their country and incidentally get well paid for it. The jobs are in the fire suppression crews of the state division of forestry and are open to physically fit young men of 16 years or older.

These crews are stationed at strategic places in the forest areas of western Washington. They number from five to 25 men and are depended on to hit fires hard and fast, to catch them while they are new and comparatively easy to handle. Each man is equipped with special fire fighting equipment. Transportation is by truck as far as possible.

Pay is at the rate of $130 per month, from which $30 is deducted for food. Living quarters are free and are in fire halls and tents.

50 years ago

May 2, 1968

“You are going to have to just bear with it again this summer; it will probably be worse than it was last year during the tourist season”. This was the comment made by State Highway Engineer, R.W. Kerslake to the Montesano Chamber of Commerce during last Thursday’s meeting.

Kerslake went on to say, “From all indications, tourist traffic through Montesano will be far greater than it ever has been. This conclusion is reached because every time the State Highway Department opens a new stretch of freeway, the flow of traffic seems to increase by at least 25 per cent.”

As plans indicate now, two lanes of the freeway will be opened to traffic by Labor Day.

25 years ago

May 6, 1993

Members of the Grays Harbor Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the sponsoring organization for ‘Friends Landing’, a public fishing complex at the foot of Katon Road south of Montesano, were the recipients Monday evening of a ‘Shoreline Public Access Award’ from the State Department of Ecology, which was presented by James Scott of DOE to Joe Brenneman, president of the chapter, and George Caldwell, chairman of the Friends Landing project. The entire project, which includes a 9,000 cubic foot lake, has been lauded as being completely handicap accessible, including a new paved 10-foot wide path around the lake, a project which is yet to be undertaken.


The Washington Public Power Supply System’s Executive Board took action last week to begin the process of determining whether one or both of its two preserved power plants, WNP-1 at Richland and WNP-3 at Satsop, should be terminated. The Board had made a similar recommendation regarding termination issues to the Bonneville Power Administration in May 1992.

The action followed a combined Executive Board and Board of Directors meeting in Richland. The Executive Board passed a motion conveying their position that termination is issues surrounding Projects 1 and 3 be studied.


Habitat loss and environmental degradation have led to the decline in wild fish stocks throughout the Northwest. Releases from tribal hatcheries are providing viable fishing opportunities while recovery efforts continue for wild salmon stocks. Puget Sound and coastal treaty Indian tribes released 40 million fish in 1992 and have released an average of 45 million fish over the last five years, according to recently released figures. The Quinault Tribe released a total of 2,992,953 salmon and steelhead last year.

“The fisheries enhancement efforts of the tribes benefit everyone,” said Bill Frank, Jr., chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. “These releases make significant contributions to fisheries and have come about because of the spirit of cooperation that exists between tribal, and state and local governments.”

10 years ago

May 1, 2008

People are usually named citizens of the year because they’ve spent countless hours and loads of energy volunteering in ways that make their hometowns and workplaces better for everyone. They’re very busy folks. To wit: Tom and Teresa Boling of Elma. Tom is Elma’s fire chief and the transportation supervisor for the Elma School District. Teresa is a dental hygienist for Elma dentist Dr. David Blackett. The couple also has three children.


Answer this question: What is the standard unit of measurement used for measuring force? You have 5 seconds.

A team of five Montesano High School seniors answered that question and enough others correctly to top some two dozen teams from across Washington in the SkillsUSA Washington 2008 Quiz Bowl held April 24 at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia. (The correct answer, by the way, is the Newton.)


McCleary School Board members adopted a resolution Tuesday giving them the authority to alter the original design plans for the district’s modernization and new construction project. The alterations are needed because it became apparent in March there wouldn’t be enough funding to build a separate new gym. That was noted when the entire project was reviewed at a “value engineering” workshop March 7, attended by all of the project’s engineers, architects, the construction manager and school officials,” said McCleary Superintendent Dan Bolender.