In 1941, two arrested while taking photos of Aberdeen’s West bridge

75 years ago

Dec. 17, 1941

Arrested while photographing the West bridge in Aberdeen, two young men who said they were Mormon missionaries, were held in city jail on disorderly person charges today, police said.

Officers declared the pair attempted to destroy films in their camera when two patrolmen and two FBI men pounced on them at the span this morning.

Meanwhile, it was disclosed the police and FBI agents have arrested three Harbor citizens, as well as a dozen enemy aliens, since the war started. The aliens are held without charge. The three citizens however are charged in formal complaints with violating a federal act that provides stiff penalties for conviction of aiding the enemy or advocating, advising or abetting overthrow of the U.S. government.

Dec. 18, 1941

The first Pacific County casualty in the Pacific war was revealed today when Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Braack of the Ward Creek district announced receipt of advice from naval authorities that their son, Lall Braack, 19, has been lost in action.

Besides Braack, at least three other Pacific County men are believed to have been in action in the Pacific war — Bethel Nichols, 20 and Russell Tanner, 22, both of Willapa, and Clarence Koenekamp, 24, of Raymond. The three are believed to have been shipmates.

50 years ago

Dec. 17, 1966

For 10 years Henry Kalinowski at 821 W. Wishkah has nursed a fir tree in his front yard. He planted it as a seedling.

He reported to police today that someone cut the top three feet out of the tree last night, leaving only the bottom four feet.

Someone may enjoy the tree at Christmas, but it won’t be Mr. Kalinowski, police noted.

Dec. 18, 1966

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago

Dec. 17, 1991

Gov. Gardner has proposed higher education tuition increases of as much as 30 percent. But he said he’ll try to shield colleges from further spending cuts and will add millions to student financial aid.

At Grays Harbor College, where the tuition hike will be about 11 percent, officials aren’t enthused about the increase but say they support it as an alternative to absorbing more cuts in instructional programs.

Gene Schermer, vice president for instruction at GHC, said he talked with student leaders last week about the proposed tuition increases. He said students here indicated they would prefer to pay more tuition rather than have fewer class choices, instructors and programs.

Students at community colleges now pay $945 a year for a full load of classes and that is scheduled to jump to $1,113.

Dec. 18, 1991

• Turnabout in not only fair play, it’s business as usual when Hoquiam and Elma boys’ basketball teams get together.

The Grizzlies’ 53-45 victory in Elma last night squared things for Elma’s triumph two weeks earlier at Hoquiam Square Garden. This marked the second straight year the Grizzlies and Eagles have split, each winning on the other’s court.

Jim Mattler who led all scorers with 17 points, put down three three-pointers. Mike Nichols, second in the HHS scoring with 10, drained three more.

All three Elma treys came from sophomore guard Troy Dougherty, who led the Eagle scorers with 14.

• Anna Nelson exploded for 22 points as Aberdeen’s girls effected an offensive turnabout in a 65-31 non-league basketball victory over Bremerton Tuesday.

“We came out and played real aggressively,” said winning coach Tom Dickson. “They were outgunned and we just played hard the whole time.”

The 6-1 Nelson sank 8 of 10 from the floor and also led all rebounders with 11. Her younger sister, Rachel, picked off eight boards, as did Jennie Majeski.

Emily Borgerson and Alissa Peterson contributed eight points each, with the latter also delivering six assists.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom