75 years ago
August 2, 1943
Three Aberdeen high school graduates, Paul Vlastelica, Abel Sagen and Louis Cukrov have recently completed navy “boot” camp training at Farragut, Idaho and are now visiting relatives and friends on the Harbor. Sagen, former Bobcat basketball player, hopes to enter the medical unit. Vlastelica, a former track man, will return to Farragut to become a seaman guard and Cukrov, ex-gridder, expects to go to a gunnery school.
August 3, 1943
The pilchard bonanza today continued to “plug up” the Bay City Fish company and Strand reduction plants as boats shuttled to and from the sea, laden with fish.
Boats unloaded 300 tons of pilchards today, bringing the total for the first three weeks of processing to 3,800 tons.
Meanwhile, the Ellie IV and Sarah Maria, both of Seattle, delivered 15,000 pounds of tuna to the Paragon company in Hoquiam while Ed Kaakinen of Westport said two small boats unloaded about 1,000 pounds apiece at his dock.
50 years ago
August 2, 1968
John Phillips, 28-year-old Aberdeen logger, was killed in a logging accident yesterday morning north of Lake Quinault.
Phillips was killed instantly when he was struck in the head after a spar tree cable snapped.
The accident occurred while Phillips was working in the Sam’s River Burn area, where the Mayr Brothers Logging Company is conducting logging operations.
August 3, 1968
The house in the 2000 block of Morgan street in Aberdeen is today the scene of a neighborhood “paint-in.” Participating are 12 Aberdonians, members of a Morgan Street “neighborhood club,” and former residents who keep in touch.
The house belongs to Mr. and Mrs. John C. Branford, ages 78 and 83 respectively, who hadn’t repainted the white, cedar-sided structure since they couldn’t remember when. They’ve lived in the house since 1915. They’d wanted to do the work for some time, but medical expenses held them up.
The paint party is part of a long-standing esprit de corps that’s characterized the Morgan Street neighborhood for the nearly 25 years since they started their “club.” “We just have a nice neighborhood,” one of them remarked.
25 years ago
August 2, 1993
Duane Dewees Motors Vipers of Montesano topped San Diego, 3-1 on the second day of the United States Amateur Baseball Association 18 and under World Series.
The Vipers did all their scoring in the third inning, while Brian Winkelman, Pat Papac and Gary Forster battled out of numerous jams to deny the Californians.
Jake Kringen, one of several Elma players picked up by the Montesano club after Elma Pharmacy was eliminated from the Southern Washington Senior Babe Ruth Tournament, delivered an RBI double in the three-run third. Tighe Dickinson, Ryan Wilson, Brian Vickers and Winkelman singled in the inning.
Papac received the game’s MVP.
August 3, 1993
When the Leach family returned from an outing to the Satsop River Sunday afternoon they knew immediately something was off kilter.
It was their house at 1512 Aberdeen Ave. in Aberdeen.
The foundation of the house the family of nine has been renting for several years had collapsed. Terri Leach said the landlord had been waiting for an improvement in the weather to start working on the foundation.
It was a day of close calls for the Leach clan. Daughter Dawn, who is due to deliver a baby Aug. 11, left the house just minutes before it fell. Meanwhile, 8-year-old Melissa got caught in a current at the Satsop River, forcing her dad to dive in to rescue her and giving the rest of the family a scare. Then they returned home to find the house in a shambles.
Right now, the Leaches are divided among neighbors.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom