World Gone By

75 years ago

Oct. 22, 1941

Twelve Grays Harbor automotive dealers and 13 merchandising concerns will display their wares at the auto show and merchandise exposition staged by the Aberdeen Lions at the old Safeway building at Fourth and Park streets, starting tomorrow night and continuing through Saturday night.

Auto dealers participating include M.L. Wakefield Motors, Sunset company, Olympic Motors, Whitney Oldsmobile, Atlas Motors, Harbor Motors, Peterson Motor Service, Rundell Motors, Purkey &Bellew, Truck and Tractor, Bigelow Chevrolet and Braley Motors.

Oct. 23, 1941

Special delivery letters protested “a further drift toward a shooting war” were being sent to President Roosevelt and Washington congressmen today by the Aberdeen Ministerial Association as a result of an anti-war resolution adopted yesterday.

Prepared by Rev. R. Anderson, pastor of the First Methodist church, the letters will carry the sanction of a majority of the association although not all of the members were present at the time of the vote.

The letter reads in part: “Eighty-three percent of the people in the August Gallup poll said that they believed we should stay out of war. With a president and a cabinet trying to maneuver us into a shooting war against the will of the vast majority of the people, the ministers of Aberdeen are entering their protest and can no longer remain silent.”

50 years ago

Oct. 22, 1966

A sign in the window of the old gas station reads, “Hello! Let me introduce you to an honest profit-sharing plan.”

The sign goes on to explain with every purchase of gas, oil, auto parts or service, K&B Service Station, at the corner of Marion and NorthWest Boulevard in South Aberdeen, with give U.S. Government Savings stamps.

W. Ben Yeoman, owner of the station, goes flying by to service a customer and yells, “It’s the finest deal in the Northwest.”

Oct.23, 1966

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago

Oct. 22, 1991

The Lady Washington’s voyage on the Columbia River is over.

The tall ship — now a short ship after last week’s accident when a railroad bridge came down on its masts outside Pasco — is coming home to Grays Harbor for repairs.

“(The Coast Guard) has taken our inspection certificate. We are not to allow the public on board until after we’ve hauled her out,” said Les Bolton, executive director of the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in Aberdeen. “Then they want a complete rigging survey. And there’s a notation here that says ‘this list is not all inclusive.’ I’ll be telling the board that we’re shut down, in my opinion, for at least three to four months.”

Oct. 23, 1991

• Weyerhaeuser has been fined $150,000 for the summertime stench from its pulp mill treatment ponds in South Aberdeen.

“Because the foul-smelling hydrogen sulfide gas presented a health threat to area residents, the company was penalized the maximum allowable under state law,” said Ecology Director Chris Gregoire.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom