75 years ago
June 17, 1944
Victor Lindberg of Aberdeen was named state commander and his city was picked for the 1945 gathering by the Washington state encampment, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The group adopted a resolution calling for the transfer of all Japanese in the United States to island possessions of this country, such as the Gilberts and Marshalls.
50 years ago
June 17, 1969
The City of Hoquiam is offering 23 acres of choice residential property to the bidder with the best development scheme. And the price is certainly reasonable. For all intents and purposes, the land is free.
The property in question is the city-owned parcel adjacent to the new high school campus.
As an initial requirement, all a developer has to do is foot the bills for installing utilities to the property line. The work is estimated at $21,600 and the council decided last night that it would consider that sum as the purchase price for the property.
25 years ago
June 17, 1994
David Auer, a lifelong Harborite who rose through the ranks to become one of Aberdeen’s best-remembered police chiefs, died Thursday at Edgewood Manor. He was 83.
Those who worked with him remember Auer as level-headed and scrupulously fair — to those on both sides of the law. The big black cigar always clamped between his teeth was memorable too.
Auer, a 1930 graduate of Aberdeen High School, distinguished himself on the football and baseball fields. He joined the APD in 1938 when the late George Dean was chief. He was on the beat as soon as he purchased his own uniform and piston. (The city didn’t buy officers’ equipment in the 1930s.) He pounded the pavement for 11 years, and received his first promotion when the late A.M. “Pat” Gallagher made him a sergeant. Auer made lieutenant in 1952, captain in 1961 and chief in 1963.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom