In 1992, Hoquiam’s Ethnic Heritage Festival was a grand success

75 years ago

March 28, 1942

If Aberdeen hometowners follow the advise of the city’s defense council, this weekend will see the greatest attic and basement cleaning spree in Harbor history.

The council advised cleaning out the trash and debris today in preparation for the inspection of home defenses which the city’s 1,000 air raid wardens will conduct next week. All homes which meet the minimum requirements for defense against incendiary bombs will be awarded a “We Are Prepared” poster to be placed in their front window.

March 29, 1942

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago

March 28, 1967

A total of 1,081 persons more than 18 years of age were arrested on liquor violation charges during 1966 by Aberdeen police according to figures released today by the department.

The age group between 45 and 54 accounted for more than 25 percent of the drunk-in-public charges.

Police arrested 68 persons on charges of driving while drunk last year.

March 29, 1967

Work will begin almost immediately on the $2 million expansion program of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., at its present Markham plant site and adjacent property to the east recently purchased by the grower-owned cooperative, Robert Lucas, West Coast are manager, announced yesterday.

The planned new building, 520 feet in length and at one end three stories high will cost approximately $1 million.

The other half of the project cost will be for the latest and most efficient type of processing equipment to produce all the specialty items carrying the Ocean Spray label.

Three railroad sidings will be added to the one existing siding, and improved and enlarged facilities for truck loading will be built.

25 years ago

March 28, 1992

In a world where corporate downsizing is becoming a trend, an Aberdeen High School graduate is actively arranging deals for businesses to buy businesses.

William May is project manager and president of the Seattle-based Stonemark Corporation, which provides investment banking and business consulting services to Northwest companies.

May was born in Raymond, graduated from Aberdeen High School and Grays Harbor College. He holds a degree in communications from Washington State University and has served as a director of numerous corporations and non-profit groups.

He recently began a monthly newsletter, “Changing Hands” for buyers and sellers of businesses in the Northwest. Each issue includes a feature article on a timely topic related to acquisitions, a profile of a leader in that activity, a guest article, many news items and a page of opportunities for sale or investment.

March 29, 1992

• Nibbling on Polish kielbasa, white-haired Norwegians clapped in time to the beat of a five-member Samoan singing group.

Nearby, a Native American toddler, having finished a Greek pastry, stared in fascination at the swinging skirts of the Spanish flamenco dancers.

It was Hoquiam’s Ethnic Heritage Festival Saturday. And by every measure, it was a grand success.

“I am absolutely ecstatic,” said Hoquiam Mayor Phyllis Shrauger from the Irish Pub at the Eagles Club Saturday afternoon. “The beautiful part of it for me was that I saw a lot of people I don’t know and that’s part of it,” the mayor said, noting the tourism potential.

• Hilding and Versa Anderson, the Rev. Tom Hepworth and Doug Weld took home the plaques.

But Elma was the big winner, as residents’ contributions to the community were recognized at the Chamber of Commerce’s “Community Recognition Banquet” last Thursday night at the Elma Eagles Hall.

The Andersons and Pastor Hepworth shared honors as the 1991 “Long-Term Distinguished Citizen” while Weld was named 1991 “Citizen of the Year.”

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom