In 1993, Schlahts heralded their joint retirement as ‘the end of an era’

From the archives of The Daily World

75 years ago

June 12, 1943

More than two-thirds of the men who work in the lumber industry in this district live at home and are not granted the supplementary food ration allowed the men in camps by a revised OPA ruling,

“Men living at home have to go to the restaurants after their meal at home to get enough meat,” said a member of the executive board of local 3-2 IWA. “Many are bachelors and don’t have the advantage of being able to pool coupons as a family can.”

June 13, 1943

Sunday, no newspaper published

50 years ago

June 12, 1968

• The long-standing nationwide feud on fluoridation broke into the open at last night’s Montesano City Council session with opponents and proponents expressing positive views on its virtues and failings.

Speaking on behalf of fluoridation, Dr. O.E. Hoffman, head of the dental division of the Washington State Health Department, declared that 12 years of fluoridation in Forks had reduced dental decay by 65 per cent and that after 10 years in Longview and Kelso decay had been reduced by 60 percent.

Dr. Milford Collins, Hoquiam chiropractor, opposing fluoridation said, “Excessive intake of fluoride causes fluorosis which is manifest in its mild state by mottled teeth and in a more severe state by enlarged bones.”

• The Aberdeen Elks band is presenting its annual Flag Day concert tonight at Samuel Benn Park. The concert, under the direction of Don McCaw, starts at 7:30 o’clock.

The program to be presented by the 40-member band features overtures, pops, marches and selections from “My Fair Lady” and “The Student Prince.”

June 13, 1968

Larry Sperline, a 14-year-old all-around stickout from Westport, picked off three gold medals last night at Emerson Field to outscore all comers in the third annual Grays Harbor Junior Champ track and field meet sponsored by the Grays Harbor Jaycees.

Sperline’s triple came in the prep division (14-and-under) in the 100, 200 and pole vault on a evening of intermittent downpours.

25 years ago

June 12, 1993

After 20 years in business, the owners of Selmer’s Furniture Store are giving up seven-day work weeks for tours in a fifth-wheeler.

Although Selmer and Betty Schlaht will continue to own the business, they’re heralding their joint retirement as “the end of an era.”

“I want us to get out and enjoy life while we still can,” said Selmer, universally known by his first name. “We’re both workaholics. Our life is pretty much store-to-home.”

The couple owns Selmer’s Furniture and Total Sleep Concepts in Aberdeen and a second furniture store in Lacey.

They hope to officially retire at the end of June when they buy a trailer and travel around the United States.

“This business is sort of like our baby,” Betty said. “We’ll still be around.”

June 13, 1993

For 25 years, a day in second grade at the McCleary Elementary School has been a day of adventure with Winda Adamson.

Mrs. Adamson has taught two generations of youngsters everything from how to tell time to how to draw a cursive Q.

Her natural ability in arts and crafts has helped to mold the imaginations of hundreds of curious minds.

Under her gentle guidance, a gooey ball of clay could be shaped into a beautiful turtle.

“She made you feel like you could do anything,” recalls Kim Heller, one of Mrs. Adamson’s first students. “She was my all-time favorite teacher.”

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom