In 1968, $22,000 dragster destroyed in fire near Menlo

From the archives of The Daily World

75 years ago

January 8, 1943

Detectives with “photographic eyes” who mentally tabulate faces so they can always recognize them, are not uncommon to police circles. Every good policeman seeks to train his memory of faces so that he can spot known criminals at a glance.

But Hoquiam police boast an officer with an even more talented memory. Desk Sergeant Clyde “Paddy” Jackson, veteran of the force, has what might be designated “tone detector” ears.

Jackson, listening on a telephone, can “make” voices instantly, event though he may not have talked with the caller in years.

“I’ve seen him (identify voices over the phone) hundreds of times,” Chief Norman Foote said today. “He has the greatest memory of voices I’ve ever heard.”

50 years ago

January 8, 1968

• Damage was estimated near $7,000 in a fire last Tuesday afternoon at the farm of the Wildhaber family near Menlo.

Biggest loss was the destruction of a drag racing car owned by Tony Jr. which was valued near $4,000. The 22-year-old has been pursuing his race car hobby about two years and had competed in several competitive events with the hand-crafted model. At the time of the fire, the machine was completely disassembled with new modifications being made to the engine and body.

• The tree had a bear in it, but a three-man logging crew of Womer Brothers Logging Co. cut it down anyway Friday morning.

Harold Leech, Earl Hicks and another logger came across a tree marked for cutting. As Hicks was starting his chain saw, he looked up and noticed a 200-pound black bear hanging on to the lower branches.

The bear didn’t move as Hicks’ saw spat out sawdust and felled the tree, bruin and all. According to Leech, the bear picked himself out of the branches, and with a limp, scampered off into the brush of the Quinault Indian Reservation.

25 years ago

January 8, 1993

ITT Rayonier says it is still negotiating with a potential buyer for its vanillin plant in Hoquiam.

But in the meantime, it will close down production effective Monday.

This week, Rayonier sent letters to the 11 salaried and 30 hourly workers at the vanillin plant stating negotiations may continue with a potential buyer until Jan. 31 but they were suspending production as of Monday due to a buildup of inventory.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom