75 years ago
April 27, 1942
• The air ministry said tonight that the first American Eagle squadron, escorting Hurricane bombers , today shot down five German Focke-Wulf 190 planes, with Squadron Leader C.G. Peterson of Salmon, Idaho, downing two enemy craft.
The other planes were shot down by Pilot Officers Michael George H. McPharlin of Chicago; Robert Sprague of Aberdeen, Wash., who worked for Consolidated Aircraft Corp. at San Diego and Ocoen Wallum of North Dakota.
• Although Sweden is still neutral in the war, the country is feeling the restrictions on soap and other necessary commodities, Mrs. Gunnar Johnson, former Hoquiam resident, wrote this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson formerly operated a filling station in Hoquiam but are now living in Sweden. Mrs. Johnson addressed the letter to her brother, Duncan Wilson.
A great many Swedish farmers are leaving their fields to take jobs in the industry of the country, she wrote. Only farmers are exempt from military service and many men with families and children expect to be called shortly.
Wilson sent supplies of soap and coffee to his sister some time ago but evidently they became “lost” in transit because Mrs. Johnson has not received the package.
April 28, 1942
Airplane construction classes at Finch Farms have now been opened to women, employment officials announced today, adding that they were expected to comprise more than half the present class.
A soldier’s wife, Mrs. Inez Brimer of Aberdeen, was the first women to be referred, starting work yesterday. Others sent to Finch Farms include Geraldine Hoyt, Dorothy Hunt and Mrs. Helen smith. Wives of service men are desired for classes, employment officials said, adding that those who apply would be given immediate consideration.
50 years ago
April 27, 1967
The public is invited to attend an open house Saturday from noon to 4 o’clock at Hoquiam Manor, the new 40-unit apartment house for senior citizens at Eighth and L streets in Hoquiam.
Rental is based on income and the minimum is $40 a month. The maximum yearly income for eligibility is $3,300 for a single person and $3,800 for two. The minimum age is 62.
Pleasant, airy and light, all units have a good-sized living room, bedroom and bath with tub and shower. The kichenette in each is wood paneled and compact with cupboards, electric range and refrigerator.
Each apartment also has telephone and TV outlets in both the living and bedroom.
April 28, 1967
Army Private First Class John W. Eaton, 23 of Raymond became a member of the “Green Berets” April 4 on completion of Special Forces training at Fort Bragg, N.C. As a Special Forces candidate, he received several months of training in guerrilla tactics and counterinsurgency.
Special training was given in infiltrating hostile territory to train, equip and advise guerrillas in combating the enemy.
25 years ago
April 27, 1992
A senior at Raymond High School will be studying at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., next fall.
Jonathan Musman, the son of Gerald and Susan Musman, is one of the 280 men and women accepted to the academy this year. Some 4,600 applications were submitted in the nationwide competition.
He plans to study for a degree in marine engineering and naval architecture and then attend flight school and pursue a service career in aviation.
Five members of the Harborena Speedskating Club placed in the Northwest Regional Invitational meet last weekend in Federal Way . Bill Rose took first place in the boys’ 16-17 division. Kristi Todd took fourth in girls’ 13-14; Brian Courts fifth in 6-7 boys; Chris Courts sixth in 13-14 and Alan Richards seventh in 8-9 boys.
April 28, 1992
Aberdeen registered its third straight Black Hills League girls’ golf victory by topping Hoquiam, 248-258, Monday at Grays Harbor Country Club.
Bobcat ace Vicky Strada, as expected, took medalist honors with a four-over-par, 39, nine better than Grizzly No. 1 Jonnel Arthaud.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom