75 years ago
February 4, 1945
Sunday, no newspaper published
February 5, 1945
Schools at Neilton were ordered closed today by Dr. H.C. Watkins, county health officer, because of an outbreak of yellow jaundice.
The disease, known in medical terms as “acute infectious hepatitis,” is prevalent throughout the state, Dr. Watkins said today. Cases thus far have been mild and the situation is not considered to be alarming, he added.
50 years ago
February 4, 1970
Another packed house at Sam Benn Gym saw Aberdeen solve the problem last night of what to do when you-know-who gets into foul trouble.
The answer: simply suck it up and blow the other guy out of there.
That’s what the Bobcats did to Olympia to the tune of 72-45, on a night when their scoring star Steve Soike was limited to 7 points and about a half-game of playing time.
The Dixmen thus remained unbeaten in conference play at 8-0, maintaining their two-game lead over the pack, as well as notching their tenth win in a row and their 15th of 16 on the season.
The best of Dick Dixon’s talented cast — notably Kevin Ekar, Eddie Smith, Jack Hansen, Robert Failor and Steve Ferris — stepped into the spotlight in this one after Supersteve collected two quick whistles in the first 3 minutes and 13 seconds of play, added another late in the second stanza, and committed infraction number four with the third quarter just 35 seconds old.
February 5, 1970
Daytime TV shows this week include “Sale of the Century,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Jeopardy,” “Search for Tomorrow,” “Days of Our Lives,” “All My Children,” “The Doctors,” “Guiding Light” “General Hospital,” “One Life to Live” and “Dark Shadows.
25 years ago
February 4, 1995
Bill Jones was resigned to the fact that water, sewer and garbage rates were on the rise in Aberdeen.
Seems like the price of everything is going up.
But when he opened his bill, the photo studio operator knew there was something rotten in Denmark — even though he’s Welsh.
The $27,346.35 bill represented a 335 percent increase.
“So I called City Hall and the gal there, she just busted out laughing,” said Jones, so tickled by the whole thing he couldn’t quit laughing himself.
Turns out when the water meter rolls over, there’s a code or number the operator at City Hall is supposed to enter into the computer “and we got off one zero, or the decimal was entered wrong in one place, or something like that,” City Finance Director Fred Thurman said.
February 5, 1995
More than 16,000 people checked out the scene, sampled the attractions, and many offered their opinions on Aberdeen’s historic eyesore, the Finch Building, at the annual Grays Harbor Trade Show at the SouthShore Mall Saturday.
The mall was packed all day with people navigating their way past countless booths full of everything from chainsaws to cranberry juice and offering free goodies from pizza to massages.
The Main Street Association sponsored a survey to test the public mood on the fate of the once proud building at Heron Street and South H Street that has become an eyesore and a headache to many residents.
Trade show attendees were given the choice: Tear the whole thing down, renovate it enough to function as a market place or tourist attraction, or spend about $3 million of private funds to return it to mint condition.
Main Street member Pete Schave said while an official count won’t be made for a while, the ballots were coming back with sentiment split about even.
Survey forms are available until Feb. 25.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom