Pages of the Past: Montesano hospital in the works, 100 years ago this week

Pages of the Past for Jan. 9, 2020

125 years ago

Jan. 11, 1895

W.A. Dickey and family went to Seattle yesterday. The former will look after some business interests for a few days, while Mrs. Dickey and the children will visit relatives for perhaps a month.


Judge Pearson was up from Aberdeen, Tuesday, and was interviewing the commissioners regarding the balance held by him as attorney fees in the famous delinquent tax cases. No terms of settlement were agreed upon.


Mrs. B.C. Crane presented her husband with a little daughter last Friday night. Ben smole a broad smile and very properly set up the cigars.


Fifty years ago Wednesday, the 9th, the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. S. Zenor of this city was solemnized. In commemoration of that event a number of their friends were invited to dine with them at their restaurant on Main Street. A bountiful repast was served, after which, on behalf of those present, Rev. W.I. Cosper, in a few fitting and touching remarks presented Mr. Zenor with a beautiful gold-headed cane, while to Mrs. Zenor was given a pair of gold bowed spectacles. After a short time passed in social intercourse the guests departed, wishing the “bride and bridegroom” many years of happiness together.

100 years ago

Jan. 9, 1920

A number of the young friends of Miss Clara Beaver surprised her Tuesday night in honor of her birthday. The evening was pleasantly spent in dancing and everybody reported an enjoyable time. Those present were: Jerry Long, Mr. Brown, R.A. Wiley, Harry Swenson, Ray McKenna, Elwood Shorey, Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Hildebrand, Orpha Devonshire, Mona Connor, Jessie Jones, Esther Knudsen and the surprised hostess.


Dee Moak, for some time past in charge of the grocery department of Esmond & Esmond, has purchased a store at Vesta and is intending to move to that town in the near future. Mrs. Moak is already in Vesta taking care of the store.


Montesano will have a new hospital in the spring. That is what Mrs. J.H. Fitz said Wednesday afternoon. “So far there has been no occasion to build one, as the business did not warrant the outlay, but with the new camps starting and the new mills, we think a good, modern hospital would pay in Montesano.”

It will be built on First Street about three blocks north of the courthouse, on the Hall place, which Mrs. Fitz has purchased. The new hospital will be modern in every respect, lights, baths, heating plants, etc.

75 years ago

Jan. 11, 1945

Whether Harold B. Kellogg, young Montesano furniture store operator, will be permitted to keep his “freshman” seat as the 21 district’s lone Republican member of the House rested with an investigating committee of two democrats and one Republican today.

The committee, as the week moved along, seemed in no hurry to take speedy action. House members were busy with details of hearing Gov. Arthur B. Langlie’s farewell address and with the inauguration of Gov. Mon C. Wallgren. Meanwhile, Kellogg — who was sworn in on the opening day — occupied his seat and acted as any member in good standing.

Kellogg and the Republican minority were slapped hard Monday as the twenty-ninth session got under way when Democrats voted solidly to investigate “irregularities” charged by Ray DeKraay, Aberdeen attorney and left-wing Democrat, who was beaten by Kellogg with a plurality of 34 votes. …

Makeup of the investigating committee, appointed by Speaker George F. Yantis, Olympia Democrat, was considered important in weighing Kellogg’s fate. Observers identified the committee members as follows:

Edward T. Chambers, Democratic machine leader from Spokane.

Hugh J. Rosellini, 35-year-old Tacoma attorney and left-wing Democrat.

O.R. Schumann, 52-year-old Republican conservative and Yakima lawyer.

DeKraay’s five-point charges contended that Kellogg was disqualified by law and “in ethics” from serving as chairman of the county election board, which counted the votes in his election; that many precinct officials gave Kellogg a vote in straight-Republican ballots which were given a crossover mark for Arthur L. Callow, Elma Democrat; that many Kellogg votes bore “distinguishing marks” which were illegal; that Kellogg, as chairman of the election board, caused to be mailed to servicemen information that he was also a candidate for office as well as chairman of the board; that Kellogg appointed election officials “friendly” to his candidacy.

“Of course I deny all these allegations,” Kellogg told a Vidette representative (in Olympia). “As former chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, I was required by law to sit as a member of the county election board.”

50 years ago

Jan. 8, 1970

“You can always tell a Pacific Northwest artist when he or she works because there are no shadows depicted on their canvass when outdoor scenes are painted.”

Those were the words Wednesday as the Montesano Chamber of Commerce members listened to Florence Bailey of Central Park, a well-known artist in the Harbor area.

Continuing with an art demonstration, Mrs. Bailey said, “Many persons have asked why the hole in a painter’s pallet? The answer to that is really quite simple. It is there so that you might place your thumb in it so as to better hold the pallet, and also allows the painter to hold a rag that he can wipe his brush on.”

While painting a landscape of the Olympics that she had started at home, Mrs. Bailey noted the fact that all “budding artists” should take a basic course in art from a qualified teacher. “Otherwise, one can easily get into some very bad habits as far as painting is concerned.”

In conclusion Mrs. Bailey said, “I always mix my own paint colors so that I attain what I feel are the warm colors and, therefore, the painting gives the impression of something that is alive rather than just merely colors thrown on a canvass.”


Camp Panhandle, popular 4-H camp in Mason County that serves both that county and Grays Harbor County, is without a caretaker’s home today after a devastating fire, early Tuesday morning that completely destroyed the building. Cause of the blaze was thought to be defective wiring.

The caretaker, Wilford Therman and family, are temporarily living with friends in the area, pending a meeting to be held by camp association board of directors at the site next Monday at 8 p.m. Camp Panhandle is located approximately 15 miles north of Elma on Lost Lake Road.


Trapping seasons are now open for Muskrat, Marten and lynx in most of Washington. Trappers are reminded to check the trapping regulations as seasons on individual fur-bearing species vary within counties and river drainages.

A trapping license is available to Washington residents only and is required to trap for beaver, marten, mink, muskrat, river otter or lynx. There is no open season for fisher, sea otter or wolverine.

Nongame animals, such as skunk, coyote, raccoon, fox or weasel, may be trapped or hunted at any time.