In 1992, Failor Lake closed until city replaces bridge

75 years ago

April 6, 1942

A week from tomorrow is the last date that oil furnaces may be installed and still obtain oil deliveries with which to fuel them.

So dictates Uncle Sam.

Any installations after that date must have been started and specified in a contract for new construction drawn up previously and the foundation for the same must be in readiness by that day, namely April 14.

“Those who are contemplating the installation of oil-burning equipment must make up their minds in a hurry,” says Walter Losli, manager, Smith & Losli, today. “The time is growing short, but we are prepared for any last minute decisions.”

April 7, 1942

With tire thefts increasing as car rubber wears thin, Police Chief A.M. “Pat” Gallagher again today urged all Aberdeen motorists to redouble precautions against losing their tires.

Number one safeguard, according to the chief, is to jot down the number of each tire. Then should they be stolen the motorist can prove ownership if the tires are recovered.

Rule No. 2 is to lock the car in a garage every night.

Gallagher declared that a big increase in tire thefts can be expected in coming months as good tires become even scarcer.

“Even an otherwise honest man might descend to stealing if a bad blowout should leave him with only three tires,” the chief said. “The temptation to replace the lost fourth in the only remaining way — by thievery — will become greater every day from now on.”

50 years ago

April 6, 1967

• Since Korsmo Brothers Co. of Tacoma began construction of the new $3.331,339.11 Hoquiam High School building complex in late February, much of the foundation work has been completed at the west end site. The job is expected to be finished by the fall of 1968.

• Starting next fall, most co-eds at Washington State University no longer will be forced to make a mad dash for the dormitory to beat the clock after a late date.

A policy of no set hours, in effect for senior women the past three years, will be extended to juniors and sophomores. Freshmen, however, still will be locked out if they fail to return to their living groups by 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, by 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday and by midnight Sunday.

April 7, 1967

Twenty-one new homes for families of the Quinault Nation are being built at Queets — all in the $9,000 to $10.000 range. They are fully wired for electricity and furnished with electrical appliances although the nearest power line is 13 miles away. Grays Harbor PUD has received no answer yet from the Bureau of Indian Affairs on its request for right-of-way to bring power to the village but the officials felt it was better to have the houses fully wired and equipped even though they don’t expect power to reach them for two years or so.

25 years ago

April 6, 1992

Walking a tight rope took on a whole new meaning Saturday for Jim Anderson of Elma.

The 13-year-old Elma Middle School student fought 13 gruelling rounds with a Seattle youngster before emerging victorious in the 1992 Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by The Seattle Times.

In fact, when James spelled “funambulist” he didn’t know it meant rope walker or rope dancer. His ear for syllables and his knowledge of likely letter combinations enabled him to correctly sound it out.

Jim advances to the national championship May 27-28 in Washington, D.C.

April 7, 1992

Lake fishing season may be opening this month, but a popular Hoquiam family fishing hole will be closed until at least the end of June.

There’s no problem with the fishing hole — Failor Lake — there’s just not going to be a way to get there.

The only route to Failor Lake is over a bridge that Hoquiam city officials say is rotting away. Until the city-owned bridge can be replaced, the road to the lake will be closed.

City Engineer Fran Eide said it should take about two weeks to do the work, but the Department of Fisheries won’t allow construction around the waterway until June 10, to ensure that construction work that muddies the water won’t interfere with spawning.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom