In 1992, Jones named new Ocosta superintendent

75 years ago

May 27, 1942

• Some 550 gas masks and enough suits to outfit decontamination squads were promised Aberdeen civilian defense officials at a conference in Seattle yesterday.

The general public cannot expect to receive gas masks “for a long time yet” according the Mayor Walter Foelkner and Martell Brown, Aberdeen defense coordinator.

• Several Aberdeen High School athletes won outstanding recognition during the spring season — including Harold Johnson, winner of the rifle instructor’s medal; Eddie Johnson, inspirational track trophy winner; Dick Karshner, winner of the ski award and Henry Sliva, winner of the inspirational baseball trophy.

May 28, 1942

• Simpson Camp No. 5 School, with its eight enrolled pupils is the smallest in Grays Harbor County but the children there are doing an admirable job in helping finance the war efforts, County Superintendent Blanche Pennick said today.

She was informed by Helen Hathaway, teacher, that the eight children, had contributed $130 in buying war stamps.

• Jordan’s Market Center, at the corner of Broadway and First streets in Aberdeen, is advertising “Unusual foods that you don’t hear much about” including lima beans with ham in sauce (made by Dennison’s), corned beef and cabbage (made by Hormel for Dinty Moore) and apple rings. “They look like and are used just like pineapple slices. With the scarcity of pineapples these are a surprisingly pleasant substitute.”

50 years ago

May 27, 1967

If Congress doesn’t raise mailmen’s pay this year, 70,000 mail carriers will quit by Christmas, an official of the Letter Carriers Union predicted here.

James Rademacher, national vice-president of the union, issued this warning in a interview while visiting here for the convention of the Washington State Letter Carriers Union.

Rademacher said many veteran mailmen were counting on Congress to pass a bill increasing the starting wage from $2.64 to $3 an hour, with similar increases up the line. He said the present pay scale was so low many mailmen were eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture food stamps.

“I have nothing against hippies,” he said, “but post offices are hiring them because career-minded people are avoiding these jobs. And poor work in San Francisco means poor service in Aberdeen.”

May 28, 1967

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago

May 27, 1992

Miller Junior High School recently named its officers for the school year: Seth Heikkila, president; Joe Fagerstedt, vice president; Keri Lay, treasurer; Kaylyne Marx, recording secretary and Ryan Knodel, corresponding secretary.

May 28, 1992

Richard Jones, a school administrator who stresses community involvement, has been named the new superintendent of Ocosta schools.

School Board members said Wednesday they were impressed with Jones’ “excellent curriculum skills” and his ability to communicate well with everyone from staff to students.

“We got the feeling that he was not going to step in and suddenly immerse the district in a program of his own,” said School Board Chairwoman Lois Waara. “He’s going to listen and feel around to see what direction we’re interested in going.”

For the past three years Jones has served as assistant superintendent for the Omak school district. He has his wife, Sue, have seven children between the ages of two and 18.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom