In 1942, Clark Gable enlists in army as a buck private

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75 years ago

August 12, 1942

• Nels Sandstrom of Hoquiam is the Harbor’s latest army flier to receive his wings. He was commissioned a flying lieutenant at Williams field, Chandler, Ariz. where he got his advanced training.

Sandstrom is a Hoquiam high school graduate and later a student at Grays Harbor Junior College and the University of Washington.

• The idol of thousands of feminine movie-goers, dark-haired Clark Gable, joined the army today as a buck private. He wants to be an aerial gunner telling the recruiting officer that “he doesn’t care what type of plane he’s in or what gunner’s spot he draws.”

He is a crack shot. He and his wife, Carole Lombard, killed in an airplane crash last February, used to spend Sundays at a skeet shooting range. Both became excellent marksmen.

August 13, 1942

Mayor Walter T. Foelkner and the chamber of commerce today asked Aberdeen homeowners who have wood on hand to delay ordering more until those who are critically short of the fuel have a chance to obtain some.

If the dealers have a chance to “level out the demand” by delivering one load to each of 10 homes instead of 10 loads to one home, the wood fuel shortage would quickly become much less acute, the mayor declared.

50 years ago

August 12, 1967

Evan Brown, a 1958 graduate of Hoquiam High School, is a member of the “New Century Singers” trio, a popular Seattle group that recently returned from a tour of the East Coast and is presently winding up a three-week engagement at Harrah’s Club in Reno. They’ve also appeared at Seattle’s Wharf Restaurant and the Edgewater Inn.

August 13, 1967

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago

August 12, 1992

Over that past 3 1/2 years, Erol, the Aberdeen Police German shepherd, has sniffed out perpetrators from every conceivable hiding place, from evergreen trees to kitchen cabinets.

He has assisted in 75 arrests and participated in more than 250 high risk searches since joining the police department in March, 1989.

Erol, 5 1/2, died Sunday of an apparent intestinal condition.

“People don’t understand that he was more than just a dog,” Officer Dave Johnson said Tuesday. “It was like losing a son.”

Johnson trained Erol for the department and has been his lead handler ever since.

August 13, 1992

• They gazed at the array of medical supplies and standard technology crammed within Mark Reed Hospital in McCleary, and found themselves staring into the future.

For the four Chinese hospital officials who toured the rural medical facility Wednesday, Mark Reed represented an inspiration and challenge. The group is hoping to establish an emergency and transport system in their homeland.

The hospital officials hail from Yunnan Province, a mountainous region at the foot of the Himalayas bordering Vietnam, Laos, Burma and Tibet.

Dr. Rob Cheeley, an Idaho physician, is leading the whirlwind tour of Washington hospitals. He will soon depart for Yunnan Province on a four-year mission to train 600 doctors and establish emergency services in rural areas.

• The Grays Harbor County Fair opened with a swelter Wednesday afternoon that probably slowed the flow of visitors through the gates.

But the crowd came with the evening breezes on wrist band night, pushing the day’s attendance to 6,957, up 27 percent from last year. The $10 wrist bands allowed fair goers to take all of the carnival rides an unlimited number of times between 5 and 10 p.m.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom