In 1992, work begins on Friends Landing, designed to be accessible to the disabled

75 years ago

June 6, 1942

Angelo Lorenz, who resided in Aberdeen and boxed on Harbor cards under the name Soldier Lorenz, is back in town for a brief visit after an absence of more than 20 years.

Lorenz fought here as a heavyweight about the same time Archie Stoy was headlining the smokers just at the turn of the ’20s. Although along in years, Soldier Lorenz said he believes he still could take the best of the heavyweight contenders now clamoring for a chance at Champion Joe Louis.

He had been Jack Dempsey’s sparring partner for the Luis Firpe fight. He fought Johnny Blake twice and defeated Chuck Wiggins. Lorenz is employed as a guard at the Milwaukee courthouse and is visiting the Harbor for a couple of days with his wife.

June 7, 1942

Sunday, no newspaper printed

50 years ago

June 6, 1967

Valentina Pearson received the Driftwood Players’ two major awards, the “ham ” and the service trophy at the little theater groups annual dinner Saturday night.

Mrs. Pearson’s roles have included Sister Colomba in “Seven Nuns at Las Vegas,” Mexican dancer in “Summer and Smoke,” and the countess in “Ways and Means.” As Miss Preem, the nurse in “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” she won a spontaneous ovation from the audience.

June 7, 1967

• Dave Brook, senior class president and member of numerous clubs and organizations, was presented with the Class Hearts Award this afternoon during the class day assembly at Hoquiam High School. He has been active in Boys H Club, Honor Society, Spanish Club, Speech Club, IRC, SHOUT, student council and band.

• The spectacle of a ship captain easing a ship with a 33-foot draft through a channel 30 feet deep was painted yesterday for the Army Corps of Engineers by speakers asking navigational improvements for Grays Harbor.

Among the requests made by some 23 speakers representing Grays Harbor industry and governmental agencies were a deeper ship channel, extending or rehabilitating the jetties at the harbor entrance and additional boat basins in Westport and Aberdeen.

The Army Corps of Engineers team, headed by Col C.C. Holbrook, Seattle District Engineer, took three hours of oral testimony as it held its preliminary hearing at the Morck Hotel.

25 years ago

June 6, 1992

Like any self-respecting Cub Scout, Roy Avery is looking forward to careening down Aberdeen’s Broadway hill this morning on a wooden vehicle under questionable control.

But 11-year-old Roy’s run in the Regional Cubmobile Derby won’t be like any other. The Hoquiam youngster has Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, so he can’t drive a regulation cubmobile.

The Lamb-Grays Harbor Co. gave Leo John White, Skip Brinkley, Scott Kellogg and Bill Teske the go-ahead to create a special vehicle on company time for Roy to drive. They came up with a bicycle handlebar attachment to replace the rope and foot work normally used to control the machine. Even with the modifications, Roy still won’t be able to use the brake, so den fathers will be stationed along the route, prepared to jump out and stop him if he goes out of control.

June 7, 1992

After three years of dreaming, shovels finally hit the ground Saturday in a project to give disabled people a place to fish, camp and go boating.

The Friends Landing project, organized by the local Trout Unlimited chapter, will feature a boat ramp, fishing piers, picnic shelters, two covered fishing shacks, a nature trail and a campground, all designed for access by the wheelchair-bound.

Plans for the new recreation area began when the John Friend family of Aberdeen donated 152 acres of land, including a 32 acre lake and 2,500 feet of Chehalis frontage, to Trout Unlimited, a national conservation organization.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom