In 1992, 73-year-old Grayland grocers plans to run for governor again

75 years ago

March 30, 1942

Rev. Robert A. Cameron, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen since 1924, resigned yesterday to move to Southern California.

“For some time, we have wanted to go to California where our two married daughters now live,” Rev. Cameron said. “I have no immediate plans but expect to supply at Southern California churches while seeking a permanent pastorate there.” His resignation takes effect May 1.

March 31, 1942

A book, “Are You Sure of America?” published by Private Donald Smith of Aberdeen, is expected to be on the shelves of Northwest libraries and book stores within the near future.

In his book the 26-year-old expresses a youth’s views concerning problems that confront the present and future generations and attempts to show the benefits of youth training. He discusses morale, war, religion, youth and politics, speech, liquor and other topics.

50 years ago

March 30, 1967

• A theatrical western show will be the Grays Harbor Fair’s opening night attraction, Aug. 10, with western star Tex Williams and the Cooper Mountain Boys in a program of songs and comedy.

Repeat of the highly successful Battle of the Bands contest is being planned with the winning group to play for a teenage dance which will follow the Sunday evening talent show.

• “Your insured savings earn a big 5.25 percent dividends when invested in Capital’s 6-Month Bonus Savings Certificates,” says an advertisement for Capital Savings and Loan in Montesano. “And for a limited time, you can receive a lovely 3-year-old azalea shrub FREE when you open a new savings account of $100 or more.”

March 31, 1967

More than 70 persons packed into the lobby of the Grays Harbor County Courthouse this morning for the auction of the venerable old Schafer mansion adjacent to the courthouse in Montesano. But the people came just to watch the action, not bid, and nary a dollar was offered for the plush 14-room home.

Other buildings on the property were sold however, including the double garage that went for $35, the summer house for $31.50 and the glass greenhouse for $15.

25 years ago

March 30, 1992

• A suspected heroin-dealing household in the 2400 block of Sumner in Aberdeen’s West End was shut down over the weekend with the arrest of six people in a drug bust that netted the second-largest among of heroin ever seized in the county.

One of those arrested ended up with cuts and bruises after diving through a window in an attempt to escape arrest.

Seized was about 23 grams of heroin with a street value estimated at $11,000, plus about $1,300 in cash, a pickup truck and a sedan.

• Bill Rose of Aberdeen won the men’s 16-17 division in the Washington State Roller Speed Skating Championship in Auburn last weekend.

Rose, representing the Harborena Speed Club of Hoquiam, comfortably won the final 500 and 1,000 meter races.

March 31, 1992

• A 73-year-old grocer from Grayland who wants to install sprinklers in the forests and says he alone has the wisdom and leadership to solve the state’s problems is making his second bid for governor.

“Ornery” Dick Short, running as a “moral man,” received nearly 15,000 votes in 1988. “This time around, I’m going to win going away,” say the owner of Shorty’s Mid Beach store in Grayland. “I’ve never been a loser. I’m not in this to be a loser.”

Short says he will campaign across the state “at all the big events,” including the Elks Convention in Eastern Washington, various trade shows and any other speaking engagements he can land. His first major outing will be at the Kingdome Monday when the Mariners open their 1992 season. He says he will use his own public address system in an attempt to get to first base with voters.

• “Silence of the Lambs” swept the Oscars last night walking away with honors for Best Picture; Anthony Hopkins winning Best Actor; Jodie Foster winning Best Actress and Jonathan Demme receiving the Best Director award.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom