75 years ago
June 3, 1942
Aberdeen bid a warm goodbye this morning to the first of three groups of selectees to be called for induction during June. Today’s sendoff program was sponsored by American Legion Post No. 5.
Mayor Walter T. Foelkner voiced the city’s farewell and each selectee was given a handy sewing kit by the Legion.
Included in today’s contingent were Prosecuting Attorney Stanley Krause and Wayne Toivanen, Weatherwax high school basketball coach.
June 4, 1942
• With the Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Island attack grimly emphasizing that “it can happen here,” Mayor Walter T. Foelkner, Aberdeen, and Mayor Ralph Philbrick, Hoquiam, today called upon their cities to take the alert as a matter of prudence.
“We are not alarmists,” the mayors said in a join statement. “Grays Harbor may never see a Japanese raider, but let’s quit kidding ourselves — there no longer should be any doubt in anyone’s mind that it can happen here.”
“Check your home defense preparations,” the mayors emphasized. “Fill the sand buckets, get out the water hose, fix your blackout curtains. Obey the instructions of the civilian defense units.”
• The annual Grays Harbor county golf tournament, one of the biggest events of the sports calendar, has been cancelled for the duration of the war, Walter Fovargue, co-sponsor of the event, announced today.
“With the Harbor in the war theater and with many away, we decided that it would not be proper to have the tournament this year,” he said.
The tournament was started by Fovargue in 1934.
50 years ago
June 3, 1967
Lookout, Iowa! Here comes Washington!
That could be the cry from a load of Grays Harbor County 4-H’ers on June 11 when they begin a trip to Black Hawk County, Iowa.
At 1 p.m. that day, 36 young people leave the Harbor in a special bus charter that will have them in Yellowstone National Park the next day. Once they arrive in Waterloo, Iowa, early the morning of June 14, after stops in Deadwood and Mount Rushmaore in South Dakota, they’ll begin a week of fun that has been anticipated for an entire year.
They’ll be met in Waterloo by Iowa families and for a solid week will be treated like visiting dignitaries by the host families, the same kind of treatment a bus-load of Iowa 4-H’ers received when they were guests of Grays Harbor families a year ago.
June 4, 1967
Sunday, no newspaper published
25 years ago
June 3, 1992
Aberdeen Neighborhood Housing Services has won $250,000 in state funds to provide clean, safe housing for 15 low-income families.
The funds will be used to purchase and rehabilitate substandard single-family houses in Aberdeen, said NHS Executive Director Billie MacFarlane.
Once the homes are rehabilitated, the rentals will be made through the Housing Authority Family Self-Sufficiency Program. Heads of household will then be eligible for a vocational retraining program through the state Employment Security Department, MacFarlane said.
At the end of the retraining period, the family will have an option to purchase their rental unit.
June 4, 1992
After 35 years with the Hoquiam School District, Ken Linder is ready to retire.
Linder, 65, is well-known for the little tricks, toys and games he has used in his science classes to help his students change the way they think about things. “We use a lot of gadgets,” he explains as he shoots a fire extinguisher into a lab coat to produce a handful of dry ice.
Whether its crushing a small droplet of glass, creating a deep purple liquid from clear liquid and white powder or showing off a trick water glass, the energetic teacher loved demonstrating the wonders of science.
Linder plans to spend his time golfing, fishing, visiting with his children and grandchildren, spending time with his wife of 39 years, Loraine, and fiddling with a new computer.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom