In 1967, Grays Harbor Jaycees make plans to establish Stewart Park

75 years ago

March 14, 1942

Radio Moscow quoted a Swedish newspaper in saying that Norway was on the verge of famine in a broadcast recorded in San Francisco last night.

“Norwegian soldiers have not received a single gram of butter for many months nor have they seen eggs or milk,” the broadcast said.

“White flour can be had only be a doctor’s prescription.”

“Northern Norway is in particular hard straits because of the absence of fuel and because stretches of coast water have been declared ‘verboten’ and fishing has practically stopped.”

March 15, 1942

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago

March 14, 1967

Plans for the development of the 38-acre Stewart Park at the end of B Street were outlined yesterday at a meeting of Grays Harbor Jaycees, Aberdeen Park Board members and City of Aberdeen representatives.

The Jaycees, of which Arne Muse is president, have taken on the park development as a major project.

First job will be to bulldoze the lower flat area to accommodate parking. Jon Hillebrant, Jaycee chairman for the park project, pointed out that there are six or eight prime areas for picnic tables, swings, etc., and some beautiful land for hiking trails. Hillebrant said it is not the intention of the Jaycees to provide for overnight campers. The park, he said, will be a strictly daytime recreation area.

March 15, 1967

Spec. 4 Kenn Brown of Hoquiam has been participating in the Vietnam conflict since last September.

“Our company is just completing ‘Junction City,’ the largest operation of the war to date. It is taking place in War Zone C near the Cambodian border. So far our casualties have been extremely light. It’s been a relatively uneventful operation for us.”

“On our previous operation, Gadsden, which took place just across the river from Cambodia, we found many valuable maps and documents not to mention numerous rice caches. On one mission during Gadsden our company had the misfortune to have a bomb from one of our own air strikes drop in the middle of us.

“Lives were lost and there were many casualties. Many men had to be treated for shock. It was, needless to say, a very disastrous event.

“We’ve been in the jungle for about 6 straight weeks now and the men are looking forward to getting back to base camp and taking a rest.”

25 years ago

March 14, 1992

Aberdeen paramedic Mike Laughery and Ken Davis, pastor of Westport’s Twin Harbor Baptist Church, recently helped deliver medicine and other supplies to Albania as part of a 10 person team organized by Harvest International, a Florida-based mission group. They traveled down through Czechoslovakia into Yugoslavia across the southern border into Albania.

The trip was made in a 40-foot bus that would be their home for most of the three week trip.

Davis and Laughery had heard of Albania’s poverty but once they arrived, the depth of the need was far greater than either had envisioned. The two Americans gave away everything they could. “There are people in Albania wearing my underwear, my socks and my sweaters,” Davis said.” One man is reading my Bible.”

Much of the medicine brought into Albania was donated by people from the Harbor. Dr. James Redman of the Beach Clinic and Jack Jones, owner of Twin Harbor Drug, both in Westport, donated antibiotics, vitamins and other over-the-counter drugs.

March 15, 1992

Aberdeen wasted little time in notching its first-ever girls’ fast pitch victory.

Deanne Pattison pitched a four-hitter as the Bobcats made a successful fast pitch debut with an 8-3 victory over Battle Ground in a non-league contest Saturday at Pioneer Park.

Keisha Dahlstrom, Cher Baker, Rhonda Thorp and Andrea Ebling bunched singles in a three-run sixth.

“I thought we played really well for a first game out,” said Aberdeen assistant coach Dan Sundstrom.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom