Pages of the Past, May 31

A weekly collection of stories from the archives of The Vidette.

125 years ago

June 2, 1893

Miss Linnie Galliac one of the teachers in our schools for the past three years has secured a situation at Olympia and will teach there next term. Miss Galliac has been very successful in her school work here, and the district will feel her loss.


The steamer Clan McDonald gave a free excursion to the ladies of this city on Friday last and a goodly number of the fair sex availed themselves of the opportunity of enjoying a day at the beach. All are loud in their praises of gallant Capt. McDonald.


Will tobacco smokers have the politeness and regard for personal rights, either to refrain from smoking before coming to church, or use cologne freely. We notice a lady using her handkerchief for a long time, on account of a tobacco smoker sitting near, emitting a sickening odor, or which he was probably unconscious. These facts compel parties to look carefully before selecting seats, and sometimes are under the necessity of changing their seats to avoid the nuisance.

100 years ago

May 31, 1918

The Montesano city council Tuesday night passed an ordinance which makes it a misdemeanor for any able bodied man or boy, between the ages of 16 and 60 to be idle more than three week days in any one month. It also passed an ordinance making it a misdemeanor to hold any meetings or gatherings of any kind at which sabotage is advocated or planned.


The surgical dressings department of the Montesano chapter of the American Red Cross must have more help and at once.

Mrs. W.H. France, director of that department has received notice of the allotment of 6000 sphagnum moss dressings to be furnished within the next 30 days, with the urgent command, that they must be forthcoming.

“I must have every woman who has been working in my department and more besides,” said Mrs. France, yesterday, “if the work is to be finished on time. And, it must be done. We simply cannot fall down at a time when the need is so great.”

75 years ago

June 3, 1943

Announcement was made this Tuesday of the change of owner-ship of the Montesano Theatre by Fred W. Conrad who is returning to active service in the U.S. army. Conrad has owned and operated the theatre since 1939. He was active in civic affairs here, having served as president of the Montesano Chamber of Commerce for two years prior to his entry into the army last December.


The privilege of flying the Treasury Department Minute Man Banner with the white “T” has been awarded to the Simpson Logging Company in recognition of the fact that the Simpson employees have invested more than 10 per cent of their payroll in War Bonds.


A brand new uniform was seen walking down Marcy avenue this Thursday morning. It was a field gray-blue. Nice buttons, shoulder insignia ‘n everything. She wore a jaunty overseas cap. Yes, you guessed it — in this uniform was east Grays Harbor county volunteer service chapter chairman, Mrs. Harry C. Latimer A.R.C.

The left sleeve bears two service stripes which she is justly proud of.

50 years ago

May 30, 1968

A U.S. Navy Polaris missile will be displayed during Grays Harbor Fair August 8 through 11, Mrs. Arlene McNutt, fair manager, announced this week.

Polaris, named for the North Star, is a self-guided two-stage ballistic missile powered by solid fuel. It weighs more than 30,000 pounds and has a range of 1,500 to 2,500 nautical miles. It is considered the United States’ most mobile missile and can be launched from a submerged submarine.

25 years ago

June 3, 1993

Roglin’s of Aberdeen have been kept busy lately as they remodel the MHS football field and remodel the 22-year-old gymnasium. At the same time they are developing a parking lot, tennis courts and a new practice football field on the site of the old high school on East Spruce St.


A.M. “Pat” Gallagher, well-known and highly respected law enforcement officer on the Harbor for many years died May 26 at Grays Harbor Convalescent Center, Aberdeen, at the age of 90.

He was Aberdeen’s Police Chief for 21 years 1941-1944 and 1946-1962 and county sheriff for 10 years (1964-1974).


ITT Rayonier marked a milestone by celebrating the planting or 75 million seedlings on company timberlands at Rayonier Point Park in Hoquiam Wednesday. The seedlings have been planted in Western Washington since 1948. Washington State Senator Brad Owen, Shelton, chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, joined company officials for the ceremonial planting of the 75 millionth tree — a specially selected Douglas fir.


Although Hoquiam businessman Bill Quigg is currently negotiating with ITT Rayonier for his acquisition of the Grays Harbor Paper Company complex the parent company appears to be ready to tear the pulp mill down.

Since the closure of the mill complex last fall Quigg has been talking to company officials, and has already secured a labor agreement with the Union. Wendy Pugnetti, ITT spokeswoman, has noted that, “some major issues remain that must be settled before any kind of agreement can be reached.” She did not say what those issues are.

10 years ago

May 29, 2008

BELLINGHAM – Montesano senior Justin Allebaugh finished just three strokes off the pace of the state champion, and two shots behind the runner up to nab third place overall at the state 1A boys state golf tournament on Thursday, May 22, at the North Bellingham Golf Course. Allebaugh was the tourney’s most consistent golfer, firing similar rounds in the two day event. He shot a 75 on the first day and then turned in a 76 on day-two for a total of 151.


TACOMA – Elma senior Christian Stark not only made good on a bid to recapture his 2A state 300-meter hurdle title, he collected a 110-meter hurdle championship in the process at the State 2A/1A Track and Field Championships at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School this past weekend. Stark’s Elma teammate Brandi Thomas also nabbed a state title in the triple jump.


TACOMA – Montesano’s senior track standout Jake Vetter three-peated as a state high jump champion and added a state triple jump title to his resume as he enjoyed a successful trip to the 1A/2A State Track and Field Championships at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma this past weekend. The University of Washington bound Vetter was dominating in his title victories. In his specialty — the high jump — Vetter left his competitors in the dust, clearing a new personal best (6-foot-7), after the field had peaked at 6-foot-2. He then tried three times at 6-foot-8, but missed at the height 11 inches over his head.