75 years ago
April 13, 1942
Grays Harbor has been assigned a quota of 18 in the army’s campaign to recruit auto mechanics as technicians for immediate overseas duty, Harbor automobile dealers said today.
Application blanks may be obtained from any auto dealer. Maximum age is 45 years.
The recruiting drive is sponsored by the National Automobile Dealers association, with a goal of 8,000 skilled mechanics and automobile service men in uniform by May 1. The state quota is 400.
April 14, 1942
• With 25 street lights shot out in South Aberdeen in the past two nights, Police Chief A.M.”Pat” Gallagher today appealed to residents there to help officers “catch the culprits.”
“Unless we are called while the damage is being done, it is almost impossible to collar the kids we believe are responsible for this vandalism,” the chief said. “The first offender we catch is going to find himself in reform school. The damage is too serious to be taken lightly. It’s past the mischief state.”
The big globes have been broken the past few nights faster than PUD workmen can replace them.
• A series of heavy blasts startled Aberdeen about 7 o’clock this morning and for a time aroused some fears that bombers were raiding the city.
A check revealed, however, that the blasts were peaceful in character. Rayonier, Inc., was enlarging its log storage boom in South Aberdeen by dynamiting old pilings. Rayonier officials said the blasts will continue at each low tide for about a week.
50 years ago
April 13, 1967
Pat O’Day’s Dunes, a $50,000 teen-age dance pavilion that will feature some of the top rock ‘n roll bands in the country, is now under construction on a seven-acre site atop a sand dune just south of the Twin Harbor’s State Park at Westport.
The grand opening is slated for Friday, May 12, with “The Sonics and Harpo” of Paul Revere and the Raiders fame providing the electrified music.
The pavilion will operate on Friday nights until summer, when it will switch to Saturday nights. The modern teen dance hall is the brain-child of Pat O’Day, a popular 30-year-old disc jockey on radio station KJR in Seattle.
April 14, 1967
Duane Dewees Motors, at 701 W. Wishkah in Aberdeen, is advertising a 1967 Datson for $1,666 — disc brakes, bucket seats, 4-on-the-floor.
25 years ago
April 13, 1992
A student from Moclips has been named outstanding senior in interior design at Washington State University.
Kamela McDonald, daughter of Ken McDonald of Hoquiam and Karen McDonald of Moclips, was honored April 11 at the annual awards banquet of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics. She was named outstanding sophomore in the college in 1990 and outstanding junior in 1991.
McDonald served as vice president of the student chapter of the American Society of Interior Design in 1991-92. Her grades have placed her on both the dean’t list and university president’s honor roll. She is a 1988 graduate of North Beach High School.
April 14, 1992
• James E. Vaughan never finished high school, but his inventions are known around the world and the business he founded does millions of dollars in sales each year. He died a his Elma home Sunday at the age of 79.
He started working while in high school and held an assortment of jobs. He was a baker’s assistant, hardware clerk, a shift supervisor at the Everett shipyards during World War II and an independent log truck driver in the area for 10 years.
In his welding shop in Elma he invented his own manure pump that chopped up solids and pumped them out along with the liquid. He held several domestic and foreign patents.
• After the second serious accident in less than a year, residents crammed into the Hoquiam City Council chambers Monday night to demand a four-way stop at 24th and Cherry. Last May, 11-year-old Shannon Kempfer was killed in an accident at the intersection.
Last month, the corner was the scene of a serious crash. Motorcyclist Patrick Weston Farwell, 25, remains hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom