75 years ago
May 13, 1944
A potential future industry for Grays Harbor is the manufacture of plywood beverage bottle containers, now being used here in the experimental stage, Henry N. Boss, manager of Coca-Cola Bottling company, said today.
Inability to get the six-bottle paper carton during wartime resulted in introduction of the plywood and veneer facsimile, which may prove so satisfactory that it will continue to be used after the war, Boss declared.
The sturdy, yellow and red container is made of scrap plywood with veneer side panels, and has a collapsible wooden handle which slides up when the bottles are carried.
The firm has 20,000 of the containers on order for this area. It is estimated they will outlast the old paper carton to such an extent as to more than justify the increased cost of manufacturing, Boss said.
50 years ago
May 13, 1969
• “Frankly gentlemen, our problem is that we’ve run out of time.”
That was shopping center developer David Morgan talking to the Hoquiam city council last night.
In the next breath he asked for more time — a contract extension in order to secure a department store “that will make this center work.” Morgan revealed that Sears Roebuck and J.C. Penny Co. have expressed interest in the site.
“It could take six months … maybe only two,” he said, “but we need more time.”
• Aberdeen teachers, members of the Aberdeen Education Association, will vote on a proposed new two-year wage and work pact with the Aberdeen School District which includes basic wage increases of over six per cent the first year and over 18 per cent the second.
The agreement provides starting salaries of $6,615 for inexperienced teachers with a bachelor’s degree beginning with the ‘69-‘70 school year.
25 years ago
May 13, 1994
The Driftwood Player’s production of “The Cemetery Club” is on stage at 8:15 tonight and Saturday and weekends through May 28.
This delightful comedy about three Jewish widows is directed by Jane Mezera and features Phyllis Shrauger, Geri Reynolds-Goltz, La Rayne Watts, Jim Watts and Darlene Blevins-Vammen.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom