75 years ago
August 21, 1943
A giant Sitka spruce log, measuring 105 inches in diameter that scaled out at 18,800 feet, was cut by Aloha Lumber company, working on the Quinault Indian reservation.
Since the beginning of the war, better than 15 million feet of Sitka spruce for airplane stock has been cut on the reservation, according to officials of Taholah agency.
Cutting is now in progress on a tract containing 20 million feet of spruce, recently sold. In addition, 27 million feet of Douglas fir, principally for army lumber contracts and plywood manufacture has been cut. The total of all species of timber cut on the Quinault reservation since the beginning of the war exceeds 100 million feet.
August 22, 1943
Sunday, no newspaper published
50 years ago
August 21, 1968
The State Highway Commission Tuesday reduced the 70-mile per hour speed limits on the Tacoma and Olympia freeways because of high accident rates.
The action was taken after commissioners were told the fatality rate was four times the state average on Interstate 5 between Tumwater and Lacey. The stretch has two exits into Olympia.
August 22, 1968
The annual Aberdeen-Hoquiam log-rolling contest will go off as scheduled this year — but without its stars, the Mayors of Aberdeen and Hoquiam.
This year, there’s a new twist — it’ll be a brother vs. brother act: Ken and Zane Mitchell fire chiefs in the two cities.
Said Zane: “It might be kind of interesting — and kind of fun — to see the Hoquiam fire chief take a good soaking.”
Said Ken, in shallow formaility: “I do want to emphasize that I expect to win … Somebody’s going off that log and it’s not going to be me, and that’s for darn sure.”
25 years ago
August 21, 1993
When Gordon Godfrey was appointed to the Grays Harbor Superior Court bench a year ago, there were wisecracks and whispers about his free-wheeling style.
Godfrey, a former Aberdeen, Municipal Court judge, doesn’t call unruly defendants “slick” anymore, but he is still a lot more colloquially blunt than most jurists.
Especially when he presides over the criminal docket, Godfrey’s speeches are spiced with earthy phrases and punctuated with colorful metaphors that entertain the court gallery even if they may shame the defendant.
Godfrey, a robust 45, grew up in blue-collar South Aberdeen, one of seven brothers. After two years in the Navy, he went to Wayne State College in Nebraska on a football scholarship.
He prides himself on being able to speak in the language of the street and also in the muted tones of polite society.
August 22, 1993
The Rev. Lawrence and Sharon Dublanko of Aberdeen will be honored for 25 years of married life from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the church they pastor, Cornerstone Community Church.
The celebration will be hosted by the church’s congregation, including the couple’s four children.
Lawrence William Dublanko and Sharon Yvonne Bertness were wed Aug. 31, 1968, at Edmonton, Alberta, in Canada.
During their first year of marriage, the couple worked in evangelism, traveling throughout British Columbia and Alberta.
Before moving to the Harbor 16 years ago to pastor the church in Aberdeen (then the First Assembly of God), they served churches in Kelso and Lewiston, Idaho.
They both became American citizens in 1988.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom