In 1967, boys steal blasting caps and fuses from Port Dock shed

75 years ago

May 18, 1942

• Starting June 1, Grays Harbor residents will have to be content with one retail milk delivery every two days, and special deliveries will be discontinued, officials of the Grays Harbor Dairy Industries announced today.

Federal orders cutting 25 percent from last year’s total mileage made the new measures necessary.

• Commencement exercises May 25 for St. Mary’s parochial school in Hoquiam will see 21 students receiving diplomas, one of the largest classes in history. Rev. Father P.J. Ryan will present diplomas.

Awards will be given to members of the boys athletic team, one of the best in recent years, and the Christian Doctrine medal will be awarded.

May 19, 1942

Captain Charles R. Greening, former Tacoma and Harbor resident and son-in-law of Mrs. Isabel Watson of the F.G. Foster company staff, was revealed today as one of the American fliers who accompanied Brig. Gen. Doolittle in his epic bombing of Japan April 18.

Captain Greening lived for a short time in Hoquiam, following his marriage to Miss Dorothy Watson, and after being granted his wings frequently flew to the Harbor. At one time he flew low over Hoquiam and dropped a Mother’s Day gift to Mrs. Watson.

50 years ago

May 18, 1967

In a sweeping indictment presented yesterday at a meeting in the Hoquiam High School, speakers blamed weaknesses in the law, in the schools and in parent/children relationships as contributing causes in the Harbor delinquency problem.

Montesano High School Principal Lloyd Enz received enthusiastic applause when he called today’s teenagers the best educated, best fed and most pampered youth in history.

Instead of piling more activities on these kids, “we need to teach them how to use the opportunities they already have; we need to convince parents to open their homes for small youth groups to give them a chance to associate and interact, under parental supervision,” Enz said.

May 19, 1967

An Aberdeen man told police last night that a boy gave his daughter a blasting cap, which the boy told her to put in the oven.

When the father called later to give police the boy’s name, the boy was on his way to the hospital with chest, arm and stomach injuries inflicted by two caps, which he and two other boys stole from a storage shed near the Port Dock.

The boys used an iron bar to pry open a locked shed in the old Hulbert mill area. Inside they found a box of blasting caps and some fuses. First they tried without success to blow the lock off a switch so they could derail a train. Then they tried to blow holes in an industrial water pipe. Then, one boy threw two caps on the ground. They exploded and inflicted the injuries.

25 years ago

May 18, 1992

North Beach High School Senior Kori Wilme is no rocket scientist — but she might be someday.

The 18-year-old dreams of working for NASA after earning degrees in physics and astronomy.

In addition to winning just about every award offered to Harbor-area students, Wilma was selected as a Washington Scholar, an honor that comes with a four-year scholarship to an in-state public college or university.

But she is gently declining. She has been accepted at Yale and plans on using a combination of student loans, Yale grants and the money she earns working part time to pay the tuition — more than $17,000 a year.

May 19, 1992

Any fan of the popular television show “Northern Exposure” will tell you, “it’s not the thing you fling, it’s the fling itself.”

In Aberdeen, the thing being flung, May 21, is a big dockside welcome for the passengers on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship stopping here for a little exposure to the Olympic Peninsula.

The 750 or so passengers will receive red-carpet treatment, including a dockside market called Capt. Gray’s Trading Post, day-long excursions into the forest or out to the beaches and free trolley rides in the Aberdeen and Hoquiam downtowns and to both malls.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom