75 years ago
May 8, 1942
Closing of large areas of Grays Harbor as a fire protection measure is expected to result in sweeping reduction of unauthorized bark peeling, it was asserted today. Efforts of many land owners to protect their cascara trees until these have reached proper size have been frustrated by poachers, forestry men said.
With bark commanding a premium price this year, 15 cents now, according to figures quoted by the I.P. Callison company, five to six million pounds will be needed for the world’s requirements and it “must be supplied regardless of whether the price goes to 30 cents a pound,” the company spokesman said.
50 years ago
May 8, 1967
• Richenda (Cindy) Melody Hood, 18-year-old Weatherwax High School senior, was crowned Miss Grays Harbor Saturday night before a near capacity crowd at Miller Auditorium. The willowy, hazel-eyed brownette is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds and her measurements are 35-24-35.
• Aberdeen police spent most of the weekend checking on juveniles whose upbringing was in arrears.
A woman reported that the tail lights and one headlight on her car had been shot out with a BB gun. Twelve minutes later, a resident a few blocks away complained that his aerial was removed from his car and used to scratch the paint off the vehicle.
Six boys playing in the street were jumping out of the way just in time to let passing cars through, one caller said. Then they would pound on the car’s side as it passed. Two juveniles were arrested for siphoning gas from a school bus.
25 years ago
May 8, 1992
• Grays Harbor County’s new $4 million maintenance shop will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at First and Spruce in Montesano.
The old shop, a dilapidated aluminum barn suffering from dry rot and a leaky roof, will be torn down Monday. Built in 1928, it has failed to meet several building code regulations for several years.
• Elma Eagles had a six-run fourth inning and netted a 7-5 victory over Montesano Thursday at windswept Vessey Park and earned at least a share of the South Central League baseball championship. “I’m damn proud of them,” said Elma coach Jim Hill. “Nobody believed they could do what they did. They’ve been together a long time.”
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom