World Gone By

75 years ago

Sept. 26, 1941

Louis Moritz, a native of Bavaria, Germany, has solved his rent problem by living under a huge stump in Grays Harbor City. He is a hale and hearty 62 year old and goes barefooted nearly the year round, swims in the bay through the summer and often takes dips during the winter months if the weather is not too bad.

He has removed the dirt around the roots of the old felled tree, giving him a room about 16 feet wide. Next to his home on the hill above the railroad tracks, Moritz planted himself a small garden which includes potatoes, beets, parsley, carrots and kale.

Until a few years ago he worked for the Polson Logging Company and at various other camps.

50 years ago

Sept. 26, 1966

Members of Grays Harbor Pro-Musica will bring guests to their meeting tomorrow night at the home of Mrs. John Barnett. Co-hostesses will be Mrs. George Magee and Mrs. Richard Hutton.

On the program Marianna Stensager, well-known teacher and pianist, will perform two Bach three-part inventions. She will be followed by mezzo-soprano Dorothy Leyden of Montesano. A trio composed of Eugene Stensager, music instructor at Grays Harbor College, playing the oboe, and John Newman and Maryellen Brewer, students at the college, playing the flute and clarinet respectively.

25 years ago

Sept. 26, 1991

Their pen-gripping hands may be trembling over the cost, but Aberdeen and Hoquiam city officials will still sign contracts to pay for E-911 next year. The county’s two largest cities have led the movement to establish a countywide Enhanced 911 emergency communications system for years.

However, Aberdeen Mayor O’Dean Williamson and Hoquiam Mayor Phyllis Shrauger are faced with the dotted line at a time when their cities are hurting economically.

Williamson has expressed worry over how Aberdeen will pay its E-911 bill of $167,000 but he considers it “a priority for the city of Aberdeen.” Mayor Shrauger said Hoquiam will be able to pay its share in 1992. but she’s not sure about the upcoming years. Hoquiam’s bill for next year is $123,000 significantly higher than the $75,000 initially estimated two years ago.