75 years ago
May 9, 1944
Since no tickets are to be sold at the door Friday night when the men of the (Aberdeen) First Methodist church entertain at a smorgasbord dinner at the church, the 500 tickets issued are going rapidly. The hours of the affair are from 6 to 8 o’clock and the fact that the tickets say “second helpings” means that most of the ticketholders will be present.
The announcement that there will be singing waiters has increased the interest. These will be W.O. McCaw, Gerald Austin, John McCaw, Gerald Austin, John McCaw, Wilbur Graves, Mark Moe, Frank Davidson, Walter Scott and Charles Stanton.
May 10, 1944
In observance of Mothers Day — tenderest of the nation’s holidays — Grays Harbor mothers will be honored this week and Sunday at special programs by lodges, service clubs and churches.
Florist shops are receiving orders for spring flowers, and a variety of gifts and greeting cards for the occasion are featured in local stores.
The third Mothers Day of World War II, it will find the nation nearing the most critical stage of conflict on all fronts, but the uncertainty of life and mounting casualty lists must imbue the holiday with an added poignancy this year. Thoughts of sons and daughters fighting the country’s cause in war plants and on battlefronts throughout the world will turn instinctively toward home and mother on the traditional day.
50 years ago
May 9, 1969
Primrose Rupp Foelkner, society editor of The Aberdeen Daily World for more than 40 years and more recently part owner of The World, died this morning after a long illness.
She was head of the English department of Weatherwax High School for several years when George B. Miller was superintendent of schools.
She quit teaching in the 1920s to work with her brother, Werner Rupp, owner-publisher-editor of the Aberdeen World. Her first work was general reporting, then she became women’s editor, a job she held until her retirement.
May 10, 1969
Saturday, no newspaper published
25 years ago
May 9, 1994
Bill Brookshire, a decorated Navy officer who worked his way up through the ranks of the Montesano Police Department to become chief in 1989, died of a heart attack Sunday. He was 45.
Brookshire was stricken as he prepared to return home from a camping trip in Warrenton, Ore., with his family and the family of his deputy chief, Ray Sowers.
“He put his job before anything else,” said Sowers. “He loved Montesano, and he never manted to leave here.”
“He was proud of being the police chief,” Mrs. Brookshire said. “He loved doing what he did. That’s they way he was with everything.”
May 10, 1994
A former commander of a nuclear submarine, an operations manager at the Satsop Nuclear Plant and now Chief Executive Officer of an investor-owned nuclear plant near Lawrence, Kan., will return to his alma mater Thursday to accept the 1994 Distinguished Alumni Award at Aberdeen High School.
Neil S. “Buzz” Carns, an Aberdeen native and a graduate of the Class of 1957, will speak to the Aberdeen Rotary Club Wednesday at noon, then address a school assembly Thursday morning where he will be presented the honor.
After graduating from high school, Carnes earned a degree in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and commanded two nuclear submarines during his 20-year career with the Navy.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom