In 1942, things looking good for summer sports on the Harbor

75 years ago

May 29, 1942

The summer sports picture isn’t looking too dark around here.

The Industrial League will be playing three games a week and as soon as all the clubs have played a game or two, league officials hope to form an all-star club to play strong army, navy or air corps teams. A Coast or Western International club or two may be induced to come for Sunday afternoon or night games at Olympic stadium. If the Harbor tossers come up with a good, fast ball team there is no doubt that the fans will turn out strongly to support it.

Franklin filed is a good walking distance for fans to watch the Aberdeen softball teams in action in the evenings. The opening clash of Sunday’s tripleheader should be a corker of a hurling duel between Ernie Alstrom of IWA and Officer Rudy Bruback of the Eagles.

50 years ago

May 29, 1967

J. Harold Stouffer, 70, prominent retired Aberdeen lumberman, died unexpectedly yesterday morning in a Seattle hospital.

He graduated from Hoquiam High School with the class of 1913 and attended Stanford University for three years before entering the Army to serve in World War I.

Mr. Stouffer worked for the Harold Blake Co. prior to 1923 when he, with Percy Bowman, established the Stouffer-Bowman Co., a building materials firm. Mr. Bowman sold his interest in the firm to Mr. Stouffer in 1934.

25 years ago

May 29, 1992

• For the past two years, disabled students at Grays Harbor College have had a special ally in their corner. Now, George Caldwell is getting statewide recognition for his work.

Caldwell, 58, the Disabled Student Services Coordinator at GHC, tonight will receive one of five “Advocate for Equity” awards presented by the State Trustees Association for Community and Technical Colleges.

In a wheelchair for the past 33 years following an on-the-job accident, the Westport resident is able to share his experience and ideas about how to overcome the physical challenges facing disabled people. “Our main job was to make the campus accessible for those with disabilities,” Caldwell said. “We did an excellent job.”

• Administrators at Grays Harbor College face a formidable task this summer. They must replace 90 years of experience.

Gene Schermer, vice president for instruction; Craig Wellington, dean of student services, and Ron Swartz, a highly regarded engineering instructor are retiring. Schermer and Swartz started at the college in 1962 and Wellington in 1961.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom