In 1966, Abrahamson’s long weekend, anything but dull

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75 years ago

Nov. 15, 1941

Al J. Berthold, past commander of the American Legion post, will direct Hoquiam’s air raid mobilization test to begin at 8 o’clock tonight.

Order for the test came from New York’s Mayor LaGuardia, director of civilian defense.

Each of Hoquiam’s 12 councilmen will serve as an air-raid warden in his ward.

All reports will be telephoned to Hoquiam police headquarters and in turn relayed to defense quarters in Seattle.

Nov. 16, 1941

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago

Nov. 15, 1966

Art Abrahamson, Ocosta High School senior class president, decided at the end of the long Veteran’s Day weekend that he should have”stood in bed,” for the whole time, and without the timely help of his high school psychology teacher he would not even be here to make that decision.

On Friday he went elk hunting up the Wynooche Valley and rolled his car down an embankment. His car was heavily damaged but he was unhurt and felt well enough to go duck hunting Sunday off Markham Island near the Ocean Spray cranberry cannery.

He was attempting to retrieve his ducks when the paddle broke, his boat drifted out into the bay and starting filling with water from the wind driven spray. His shouts for help attracted the attention of Verner Heikkila, Ocosta High School science teacher, who was hunting on the island with his brother Paul. Then Abrahamson’s boat overturned and threw him into the water.

Heikkila jumped into his ten-foot skiff. H reached the young man, who had crawled onto the overturned boat, just as the youth, burdened by hip-high wading boots and heavy clothing, was about to lose his grip and slip under water.

Heikkila pulled him into the tiny skiff and after a long struggle against the wind and waves, finally made it back to the island and safety.

On Monday rescued and rescuer were back in the classroom battling once more through the rough waters of senior psychology.

Nov. 16, 1966

About 1,000 yards of rain-soaked earth came sliding down the carved away bank just inside the East entrance to Aberdeen on Highway 410 yesterday afternoon. The slide covered the ditch along the roadway widening project and paved shoulder but was quickly cleared. One-way traffic was necessary for about an hour, while engineers made sure the slide was over.

25 years ago

Nov. 15, 1991

About 50 licensed practical nurses at Grays Harbor Community Hospital may go on strike if their demand for more pay on weekends is not met. A year ago the hospital negotiated with registered nurses and offered them a $3 premium for working on weekends. The same offer was not made to the LPNs.

“We don’t feel negotiations are at an impasse,” said Mike Madden, the hospital administrator. “As far as we are concerned all of the non-economic issues have been agreed upon. The only issues left are economic.”

Nov, 16, 1991

Soft pastel grays and whites offer a soothing respite from the charcoal skies. A pod of 12 orca whales playfully breaks the surface.

Listening carefully, a visitor may hear the chattering of mammals or the cawing of a seemingly nearby gull as waves crash against the surf.

For dinner there may be alligator steak, swordfish, mahi-mahi or marlin.

Such is the decor and surroundings of the Harbor’s newest dining alternative — the Whale’s Tale at 118 E. Wishkah, a site that has boasted a restaurant for the last 54 years.

Armen Alder, a disgruntled Southern Californian, and his wife, Karen, are co-owners. They recently completed a $60,000 remodeling project, and three months ago, launched a full dinner menu and the unique decor.

The location is rich in eatery history — beginning in 1937 when Ripley’s Restaurant opened for a 14-year run, followed by Arland’s Fountain Lunch from 1951-62, Em’s Cafe for the next two years, Ruth’s Cafe in 1966, M&M Cafe from 1967-83 until Bill Peters took over and established the Home Plate.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom