In 1992, $550,000 remodel underway at Posey Manufacturing

75 years ago

May 11, 1942

Thirty-eight Washington state enlisted men were listed by the navy today as wounded in action in the first four months of the war. The list included Lauren Fay Bruner, fire controlman, third class whose mother is Mrs. Lucille Kellerman of McCleary; Lawrence Albert Farquhar, fire controlman, second class whose father is George A. Farquhar of Montesano and Louis Maslowski, seaman, second class whose mother is Mrs. Martha Maslowski of Aberdeen.

May 12, 1942

Although a day or two late, Mrs. Charles Ramsey Sr. of W. Second Street in Aberdeen, received her best Mother’s Day gift — word that her son Corporal Edgar Ramsey is alive, although held captive by the Japanese.

“I feel relieved now that I’ve heard about Edgar,” she said when informed of a Japanese short wave message, concerning the Aberdeen marine reserve, which was picked up last night by Ed Karshner of Aberdeen.

Ramsey, who formerly was employed in Harbor sawmills, is believed to have been captured at Guam. Whether he is still there or in Japan is not known.

50 years ago

May 11, 1967

• Second grade classes of Mrs. Douglas Sipe and Mrs. Dennis Benkert at the Central Park Elementary School have been engaged in filling Red Cross friendship kits. The bags, containing a variety of items, will be shipped by the Red Cross to Vietnam, there to be distributed to children in refugee center.

• Private Bronislaw Gudyka, 20, of Raymond, completed an aircraft maintenance course at the Army Aviation School, Fort Rucker, Ala. May 5. During the five-week course, he was trained in the repair and maintenance of Army helicopters and airplanes as well as the fundamentals of Army airfield operations.

May 12, 1967

Plans to conduct a one-shot, fund-raising campaign on behalf of the Harbor’s little theater group, were mapped last night by the Driftwood Players Citizens Committee at a meeting in the playhouse in Hoquiam.

The committee is shooting for some $20,000 to pay off the debt on the playhouse, purchase fill and level a parking lot and remodel the interior.

25 years ago

May 11, 1992

• Its student body may be small, but South Bend is going to the head of the class in computer technology.

Over the past four years, the district has invested more than $100,000 in computer technology designed to give students the most realistic simulation possible of the working world.

Complete with a Macintosh computer, a video disk player, an overhead display unit and a camera and television monitor, the computer system puts 3-D technology at students’ fingertips, according to business education instructor Beverly Vander Vos.

The public will get a chance to check it all out at an open house Tuesday evening in the high school library.

• M E TV in Aberdeen’s west end was virtually gutted in a fire that lit up the sky Sunday night and drew a crowd of onlookers.

The building at 2501 Simpson, which housed Custom Cannery for years, is owned by Tom Barklow of Hoquiam.

May 12, 1992

Over the years, changes at the Posey Manufacturing Co. have been few and far between.

The employees did buy the place in 1986; it would be hard to think of a bigger change than that. But for the most part, the Hoquiam plant that makes components for most of the pianos made in the United States hasn’t changed much since Ike was in the White House.

In fact, it hasn’t changed much from the time it manufactured parts for Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis.”

But Monday morning, workers began demolishing old buildings to make way for three ultra-modern dry kilns that management says will dramatically increase profitability and be a giant step in a plan to modernize the whole plant over the next 10 years or so. The kilns and current construction will cost about $550,000.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom