75 years ago
May 21, 1944
Sunday, no newspaper published
May 22, 1944
• Walkouts of Northwest lumber workers in protest of the national war labor board’s denial of wage increases spread to Grays Harbor today as nearly 400 sawmill workers left their jobs.
Two hundred fifty men walked out at the Grays Harbor Lumber company plant at Hoquiam at noon today, and earlier some 120 employees of Schafer Brothers Lumber and Shingle company left that mill. It brought to about 10,000 the number of sawmill and timber workers engaging in walkout protests throughout the Northwest.
• Showing the way to upperclassmen, Charles Brignone, third grade student at the Alexander grade school, won the Aberdeen grade school marble championship Saturday afternoon at Franklin field. In defeating his five opponents in the finals, Brignone won the $25 war bond given by the Aberdeen Lions club, sponsor of the tournament.
50 years ago
May 21, 1969
Six hundred-twenty-five elementary school musicians from the Aberdeen district will show their skills in the eighth annual elementary school music program set for 8 p.m. Friday at Sam Benn Gym, free to the public.
All musicians are fifth and sixth-graders and have been playing at most for a year and a half.
Rick Lundstrom, elementary band instructor for the district, said there will be 100 students in the orchestra, 300 in the chorus and 225 in the band.
The orchestra is under the direction of J. Gordon Edlund and Mrs. Nancy Neisinger is the director of the elementary chorus.
May 22, 1969
The Aberdeen City Council last night indicated that it will go along with the directive calling a halt to gambling activities as of Monday, but some of its members made it clear they didn’t like the idea.
“We’re not going to stop gambling,” said Roger Pierce, chairman of the police committee. “We’re simply going to drive it into seclusion.”
Pierce said enforcement of the order, which came on the heels of an opinion by Atty. Gen. Slade Gorton, will put a strain on the Aberdeen Police force, which, he argued, is already undermanned.
“Our policemen won’t be able to check on a lot of these new drug cases — they’ll be checking all the restaurants to make sure businessmen aren’t shaking dice for their morning coffee.”
25 years ago
May 21, 1994
Mike Murphy, a pharmacist and the owner of City Drug Co., in Aberdeen, has been making Grays Harborites feel better for some 35 years.
Quickly and courteously, he has filled prescriptions for ailments ranging from allergies to the stomach flu.
The number of customers he’s served is nothing to sneeze at. On Friday, Murphy was recognized for filling more than one million prescriptions during his long career.
A 1951 graduate of Montesano High School, Murphy attended Grays Harbor College for two years and then spent the next two in the Navy. Upon his discharge, he returned to school, this time the University of Washington, where he received his degree in pharmacy in 1959.
May 22, 1994
Two individuals who share career goals in the medical field also shared perfect 4.0 grade point averages at Hoquiam High School.
Stephanie Fordis one of the 4.0 students, plans to attend Northwest Nazarene College in Idaho to study biology with the intent of becoming a medical doctor.
Kiersten Rowley shares top honors with a 4.0 GPA and plans to attend Pacific Lutheran University to study science and medicine with the intent to pursue “something in the field of medicine, possible nursing.”
Other top students include Patrick Sypher, Christina Castorini, Brock Maxfield, Heidi Wallace, Tyler Drake, Joel Webb, Jeff Nelson, Marisol Galeana, Jennifer McHugh, Lisa Mortensen, Corey Corbett, Regan Maloney, Brian Jensen, Rachel Patton, Jay Harp and Joe Manley.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom.