75 years ago
June 5, 1943
There’s still a lot of big timber in the North River country. The Wallace Koidahl logging firm recently cut down a tree that scaled at more than 50,000 feet. One 28-foot-long cut measured 12 feet in diameter at the butt and 11 feet at the other end. It scaled 13,621 board feet. Don Bell, driver for Koidahl, successfully brought the log out over a rough logging road on an 18-wheel tractor-trailer and dumped it in Blue slough.
June 6, 1943
Sunday — no newspaper published.
50 years ago
June 5, 1968
• Mack Armstrong this afternoon received the coveted Class Hearts award during Hoquiam High School’s annual Class Day program.
His fellow students chose him for the honor, which is bestowed upon the “most outstanding and beloved” senior. He also received the Elmer Huhta Award, presented annually to the outstanding senior athlete. The coaches select the recipient.
• Robert F. Kennedy was shot in the head today after a California election triumph and police later identified a Sirhan Sirhan as the gunman. The New York senator was in “extremely critical” condition.
June 6, 1968
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy died today of an assassin’s bullet in a tragedy remindful of the murder of his brother.
The boyish-faced senator, 42, will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, probably beside the late President John F. Kennedy, who was shot by a sniper in 1963.
His wife, Ethel, expecting an 11th child in January, was at her husband’s bedside when he died 25 1/2 hours after the shooting. She was described by a close friend as “bearing up very well.”
25 years ago
June 5, 1993
An investor group led by Hoquiam businessman Bill Quigg has signed an agreement to purchase and reopen the Grays Harbor Paper Co. mill in Hoquiam.
Quigg says it will restore about 230 of the 650 jobs lost when the paper mill, owned jointly by ITT Rayonier and International Paper Co., and the pulp mill, owned only by Rayonier, closed last November.
“This will be a badly needed shot in the arm for Grays Harbor,” says Quigg. a 43-year old Harbor native and president of Grays Harbor Industrial Inc., the company purchasing the mill.
Quigg did not disclose all the investors, but said the majority of the ownership is represented by Grays Harbor area families.
Investors include “the Goldberg family, the Quigg family, the Donovan family, and the Isaacson family,” Quigg said.
June 6, 1993
• During a well-attended award banquet last month, Montesano’s Chamber of Commerce selected Stormy Glick as its Citizen of the Year, tabbed the Montesano Community School as the Business of the Year, while the PTA named Art and Linda Blauvelt as 1992’s Volunteers of the Year.
Glick, a Vietnam veteran and former member of the Navy’s elite SEAL team, has been involved in the city’s Festival of Lights for 3 1/2 years, had been the Chamber’s vice president, served six years on the GH County Fair board and is a lifetime member of VFW Post 1948.
• A team of fleet runners, whose sponsors included All-Sport and KDUX/KXRO, Swanson’s team members raised a whopping $9,200 to bring in the most money at Grays Harbor’s 24-hour Run Against Cancer at Hoquiam High School track this weekend.
All the teams together raised $121,000. That beat last year’s lofty mark of $97,000 by a long shot.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom