Short skirts were raising eyebrows 50 years ago this week

  • Thu Sep 12th, 2019 7:39am
  • Life

125 years ago

Sept. 14, 1894

Some one forced his way into the store of Haye & Zoebuyth Wednesday night, and stole $4.90 from the money drawer, beside taking a sack of flour and a box of cigars. It is believed the party is known, and if such is the case, he should be placed under arrest if the evidence can be obtained.


F.H. Bowers, the shoemaker, has removed his shop to the building next to Story’s furniture store. The room is being fitted up for a stock of furnishing goods, which Mr. Bowers is adding to his business.


J.S. Haye and wife went to Yakima, Tuesday, to visit the family of James Haye, and to take in the state fair as well as the interstate fair at Tacoma, which they will stop to see on their way home. James Haye, who removed from this place to Yakima a couple of years since, is suffering from consumption in an advanced stage.


C.W. Arland has taken his trotting horse Major Thorne, to Victoria, to enter some of the races there. He made some good time at Tacoma.


A lusty son was born Wednesday morning to the wife of W.E. Crist, and Will is as happy as a lord.


George Pullen met with a narrow escape on Tuesday, while hauling gravel for Jesse Gilkey, to repair the road east of town. He was driving along the road with a load of gravel, when a tree fell, striking the wagon nearly lengthwise, and almost entirely demolishing it. Mr. Pullen saw the danger just in time to get out of the way, but the team did not fare so well — one of the horses being somewhat injured. The wagon and team belonged to Richard Arland.

100 years ago

Aug. 29, 1919

Lt. Kenneth McNeill, who went over there with old Company G, and who as a sergeant was transferred to a fighting unit in which he did such good service that he was recommended for a commission and was later decorated by the French, is coming home soon. His outfit is now on the Atlantic coast, and his folks expect Kenneth here almost any time.


According to a telegram received by Miss Bessie Daws, her brother, Ensign Leslie E. Daws of the Navy, has been discharged at Brooklyn, N.Y., and will soon be home. He has been in the service two years.


Attorney Frank Morgan, who returned home from France about a month ago, was shaking hands with Montesano friends Monday.


Miss Nora Ryan, who has been visiting at the home of James Gleeson for the past week, returned to Seattle Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Bilyeu and two children, Mrs. J.L. Medcalf and son and Miss Emma Goodell autoed to Tacoma over Saturday and Sunday.


Word was received at Hoquiam Wednesday night that Lonnie Edwards, who was given 10 years for stealing 10 bottles of wine, would be pardoned and returned to duty. Congressman Albert Johnson wired this message to Alex Polson at Hoquiam.

75 years ago

Sept. 14, 1944

Second Lt. Robert Kesterson, 24-year-old pilot of a P-38 photo reconnaissance plane, was reported killed in China, according to a telegram received from the War department last Friday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kesterson.

Kesterson entered the coast artillery in the fall of 1940 and transferred to the air force in March 1941. He was commissioned a second lieutenant and received his wings at Williams field, Chandler, Arizona, a year ago.


The people want the truth about Pearl Harbor “before it is lost entirely in the smoke screens” around it, Congressman Fred Norman, Raymond, told the House of Representatives, it developed this week.

Arrival here of copies of the Congressional Record for September 1 showed that Norman made some sharp comments about the Pearl Harbor inquiry in introducing a resolution of the Young Men’s Republican club of King County. The Seattle club’s resolution urged that the facts about Pearl Harbor be released immediately either through an “unhampered and full congressional inquiry” or by a court martial.

“Now, Mr. Speaker, this resolution embraces some very serious charges;” Norman told Congress, “it very clearly points up a national question upon which the merciless light of complete and public investigation should be thrown without further stalling or delay.”

The third district’s Republican congressman said he was “heartily” in support of the resolution.

50 years ago

Sept. 11, 1969

As members of the First Baptist Church and friends of those involved in the project, we wish to express our thanks to VFW Post #2455 for painting our church.

There was an urgent need to get this done before the winter storms. It could not have been done without your help.

You have not only served your country well, you continue to serve this town in countless ways, which makes it a very good place in which to live.

God bless you — everyone!

— Mr. and Mrs. Claude Mason


Considerable controversy and indignation has arisen over the dress code for female students at Montesano High School, which was submitted and adopted by the student board last year.

The controversy apparently evolves around how high should a skirt be and still be acceptable. The students last year said five inches above the knee. According to Lloyd Enz, principal, “The dress code was approved by the school board and it is my feeling that if regulations exist, they should be enforced. We have measured skirt lengths of both the juniors and seniors, and for the most part, they are within the prescribed length. It seems odd to me that the prescribed length seems to be available to the majority, regardless of the student’s height.”

Enz pointed out that the students were notified if skirt lengths did not meet the standards set forth they would be sent home. This happened to several of the seniors this last week.


Legislative hearings to investigate the educational problems of Indian and migrant children will be held September 12 and 13 at The Center for the Study of Migrant and Indian Education in Toppenish, Wash.