In 1993, observation tower lifted into place at Best Western Hotel

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75 years ago

November 24, 1943

• Aberdeen and Hoquiam florists today said they will have the usual chrysanthemum corsages in school colors to make everything complete for feminine rooters at the twin-city grid classic on Thanksgiving. Aberdeen fans will wear the bright yellow mums with the blue “A”. Hoquiam supporters will have the orange-black tinted mums with crimson or gray “H”. Florists said there will be fewer than usual corsages made this year, however, due to a shortage of chrysanthemums. They urged that orders be placed early.

• Members of the Bobcat grid squad so far have raised about $75 through sale of tickets to the annual “A” Sweater dance December 3, Captain Gordon Peterson, the general chairman, said today.

The players need to raise approximately $250 more to cover the cost of buying sweaters for the letter winners.

The Ambassadors will furnish music for dancing at the Miller natatorium.

November 25, 1943

Scoring after a pass interception in the first quarter, Hoquiam’s Grizzly football team defeated Aberdeen 6 to 0 in the Grays Harbor gridiron classic at Stewart Field this afternoon.

A crowd of 4,600 filled the grandstands to capacity but fell slightly short of the expected attendance.

50 years ago

November 24, 1968

Sunday, no newspaper published

November 25, 1968

A fire of unknown origin swept through the rear of Owl Taxi, 306 E. Heron Street in Aberdeen around 3 a.m. Sunday and caused $5,000 damage to the building and $200 damage to Sunny’s Tavern next door.

Fire Chief Zane Mitchell said the fire began in an upstairs area containing abandoned apartments. He had been concerned over the unauthorized persons sleeping in the rooms ever since someone caused a mattress fire some time ago.

25 years ago

November 24, 1993

The location of the new elementary school that will replace McDermoth and Alexander Young is shaping up as one of the major concerns over the Aberdeen School District’s ambitious “facilities plan.”

The school board had planned originally to build on a 40-acre parcel it owns in the Herbig Heights area, but after community concerns about heavy power lines over the property, and related health concerns, the board has decided not to build there.

At the board’s meeting last night, several parents also questioned how necessary it is to get rid of the neighborhood elementaries to create a large one.

Parent Doug Barker asked about the possibility of remodeling the McDermoth building, adding that as a taxpayer, he would be willing to spend a little more to keep the historic building operating as a neighborhood school.

November 25, 1993

Crews will be “carpeting by Christmas” and owners of the new $3½ million, 76-room Lighthouse Inn at Ocean Shores say they’ll open in January.

That’s the timeline outlined by partners Rodger Forni and Warren Bean as an eight-ton observation tower was lifted into place Tuesday.

A 90-ton crane from Rognlin’s Inc. of Aberdeen handled the tricky operation after days of preparation. It paid off.

Several dozen people were on hand to watch as the tower was smoothly placed atop the hotel’s tile roof. The seemingly effortless operation took just a few moments.

The tower, which gives the building at the end of Damon Road its lighthouse appearance, will offer guests a panoramic ocean view.

The Best Western hotel is the first to be built at Ocean Shores since the Nautilus condominiums opened about eight years ago.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom