75 years ago
March 13, 1942
The exciting life of a bigtime war correspondent waiting for the biggest story of his life, the expected invasion of England, heads the Aberdeen World-D&R Kiddies’ Krazy Kat Klub show at 10:30 tomorrow morning. “Confirm or Deny” is the picture which co-starts Don Ameche and Joan Bennett.
As a companion feature, “The Lone Star Vigilantes,” a drama of the early days of Texas, has been booked. Another chapter of the kids serial,” Holt of the Secret Service” and selected cartoon will complete the program.
Birthday greetings will be aired during the opening ceremonies and Martin Lund’s accordion band will be featured in the stage revue.
50 years ago
March 13, 1967
Next stop for Dick Dixon and his Aberdeen Super ‘Cats — the Seattle Coliseum and a date with defending champion Renton Friday night in the semifinals of the state AA high school cage classic.
With 6-6 center Gary Hopkins showing the way by hammering a record-equalling 38 points through the hoop, the Southwest Washington standard-bearers topped off their rocket ride through the regionals Saturday night in Tacoma by battering Tacoma titlist Bellarmine, 75-64, before 4,500 divided partisans in the UPS Fieldhouse.
25 years ago
March 13, 1992
The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced its list of the “10 Most Endangered Properties in Washington State” and the once-grand Finch Building is on it.
The list includes historic properties from across the state that board members of the trust consider to be “critically threatened” and in “danger of destruction or loss of historic integrity.”
Aberdeen Mayor Chuck Gurrad’s first reaction when the listing was explained to him was tongue-in-cheek: “I don’t think it’s endangered. I don’t know of anyone with enough money to tear it down.”
The Finch Building, located on Heron at the foot of the Chehalis River Bridge, has been the target of much derision locally. At one time there was a serious effort to sell raffle tickets until enough money was raised to tear the 82-year-old building down. The winner would get to sit behind the wrecking ball on demolition day as the hollow, reinforced concrete, windowless edifice came tumbling down.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom