75 years ago
May 4, 1944
Nylon isn’t always nylon, even at $7 a pair.
Memphis, Tenn. business men recently were given a chance to buy $7 nylons which proved to be chemically treated rayon, Thomas J. Emerson, OPA deputy administrator for enforcement, disclosed today. The salesman with 400 pairs of the fake nylons was apprehended and is out on bond.
Baltimore, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas also had a chance at fabulous fake nylons prettily packaged in cellophane for $4 to $7.
The black market method of making nylon is “with a chemical solution which gives it a nylon-like sheen,” Emerson explained but the hose loses sheen and often goes to pieces with one washing.
May 5, 1944
Can you pitch hay? A farmer needs you. In fact Grays Harbor farmers will need a minimum of 2,400 man days of labor if their crops are to be harvested this summer according to a recent survey by the county agent’s office.
“With no unemployed backlog of labor available, Grays Harbor farmers will need all the part-time help they can get. Anyone who can spare even a half day is asked to register,” said Glenn Sheeley, farm labor field assistant. “You will be paid a base rate of 75 cents per hour, with variations to compensate for certain skills.”
50 years ago
May 4, 1969
A fire in a Westport-based fishing vessel, the Gulf Maiden, brought a Coast Guard helicopter, an amphibious plane and two rescue boats to the scene off the Raft River about 10 miles north of Pt. Grenville this weekend, but the fire had been extinguished and the boat was found moving under her own power.
The craft, owned by Richard Willis of Westport, was victim of a fire in her engine room, the Coast Guard said. “Considerable damage” was caused but there were no injuries.
The Coast Guard was summoned to the scene by a radio from the boat. The helicopter was dispatched from Astoria and boats were sent from Westport and from a station on the Quillayute River.
May 5, 1969
Miss Cathy Habersetzer, a tall, brown-eyed blonde, was announced as the 1969 Pacific County Dairy Princess at a coronation dinner at the Raymond Elks temple with more than 250 enthusiastic dairy industry boosters attending.
Standing 5-8 and weighing 125 pounds, the new princess is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Habersetzer of Frances who operate a large farm raising replacement steers.
25 years ago
May 4, 1994
The principal of Ocosta Elementary School died Tuesday, possibly of a heart attack, while surfing off Westport.
Mike O’Donnell, 49, who took the position with Ocosta this year, fell off his surfboard and crashed into the rocks at the finger jetties near the Islander Motel, witnesses told the South Beach Ambulance Service.
Other surfers in the area, including two of O’Donnell’s sons and two off-duty Seattle firefighters, brought O’Donnell to the shore.
“Surfing was his first love and one of his attractions to our area,” Ocosta Superintendent Rick Jones said this morning. “Mike was regularly seen out there. We all take comfort in knowing he died doing something he truly loved doing.”
May 5, 1994
This morning when the Nordic Prince cruise ship glided to the dock at the Port of Grays Harbor’s Terminal 4, the Aberdeen High School Band serenaded the passengers with “Louie, Louie,” the state’s semi-official rock song.
About 200 locals turned out in sparkling Chamber of Commerce weather to meet the ship.
As passengers and crew members came down the gangplank and walked onto a red carpet, children from St. Mary’s School handed them paper May baskets and others shook their hands and gave them packets of information stuffed into a shopping bag.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom