In 1942, three generations of Westport family learn to care for war wounded

75 years ago

March 9, 1942

• Gov. Arthur B. Langlie today banned all use of campfires, flashlights, radios and other “devices” from Washington beaches during the hours between sunset and sunrise. He issued a proclamation prohibiting clam digging between those hours and preventing any fires on beaches or in a 10-mile strip inland without special permission.

The proclamation was designed mainly to prevent use of fires, flares or other devices to guide enemy planes, ships or men. No loitering will be permitted on beaches at night nor will firearms and sending or receiving radio sets.

• Eugene H. “Gene” Cook, assistant football and basketball mentor for four years at Hoquiam High School, today was named head coach to succeed Elmer Huhta, who resigned to become freshman coach at the University of Washington.

March 10, 1942

Frank Peterson may be too old to carry a gun in this war, but his 86 years don’t stop him from “doing his bit” for home defense.

The Westport man, Grays Harbor’s oldest settler, not only is learning how to care for war wounded, but has recruited two more generations of his family for the same work.

His son, Millard, and Marguerite Knudtson, 15-year-old graddaughter of the pioneer, sit with him in the first aid class, taught by Emil Yuni, which meets each Monday night at the L.E. McDaniels home at the Westport “Y.”

50 years ago

March 9, 1967

• As “A Prelude to Spring,” members of the Grays Harbor Country Club and their guests will attend a dinner dance this Saturday at the clubhouse with “The Hiltons” providing a swinging beat and tight harmony throughout the evening.

In the band, which has been compared many time with “The Four Freshmen” are Bruce Ford, who played drums for 15 years with the Benny Goodman Band; Frank Liberio, who only recently quit playing the piano for Vic Camone: Rex Holbrook and Paul McCarthy.

• The Star room of the Morck Hotel will be the scene of “Preview to Spring” as 29 young ladies participate in the graduation ceremony for the Sears Charm School.

“The course is completely contemporary,” says Sears Store Manager Robert Bertuzzi, “and represents a different approach to teaching the elements of charm and poise to young girls. The course aims to encourage new attitudes toward physical fitness, grooming, manners and other attributes of the most admired women in the public eye.”

March 10, 1967

UCLA’s basketball giant, Lew Alcindor, was a unanimous choice on Look Magazine’s All-American team. Others named to the team were, Mel Daniels, Clem Haskins, Elvin Hayes, Bob Lloyd, Don May, Larry Miller, Westley Unseld, Bob Verga and Jim Walker.

25 years ago

March 9, 1992

A raging controversy sparked when the National Park Service burned the Kamp Kiwanis Lodge two years ago was resolved this morning when camp supporters and the government signed a 10-year agreement allowing the camp to re-open.

Activity at the camp on the North Shore of Lake Quinault will begin this summer and plans are under way to rebuild the lodge and revitalize other buildings.

“This part of it is behind us but we still have a long ways to go,” said Rob Pocklington, president of the Hoquiam Kiwanis Club and a staff member at the Hoquiam YMCA which used the camp for decades. “We have a camp to rebuild. A lot of kids used to be served. They have missed out and now they have a chance to have a rustic outdoor experience.”

March 10, 1992

Hoquiam’s waterfront could have a ripple of new development as early as this spring.

A pair of waterfront building owners are hoping to remodel the old Rayonier warehouse at 801 Levee Street. They plan to make it into a two-story, 12,000-square-foot building to house the Levee Street Restaurant, now located down the street.

Warehouse owners Jim Wrey and his sister-in-law Roy Ann Taylor, who owns the restaurant, say the new building also would house commercial businesses and office space.

Their development would join the law offices of Parker, Johnson, Edwards &Parker, completed in the fall of 1991, for the first new construction on the waterfront in some time.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom