World Gone by 9.8

In 1941, NBC radio to broadcast story of Harbor’s plywood industry

75 years ago

Sept. 8, 1941

About 1,000 feet of the Hoquiam industrial water pipe must be inspected for damaged bands, Water Superintendent Walter Lovejoy said today. The inspection was found to be necessary after a number of bands, eaten by acid, broke, causing a flood in one section of East Hoquiam.

In his office, Lovejoy showed a 5/8-inch band which had been eaten down to the size of a lead pencil. The industrial water pipe supplying the Rayonier pulp and paper plant was installed in 1936 and 1937.

Sept. 9, 1941

The story of Grays Harbor and its plywood industry will be broadcast to the world Saturday afternoon when an on-the-spot broadcast of actual operations at the West Coast Plywood plant is aired over the nation-wide NBC red network and by short wave to South America and Europe.

Graham McNamee, veteran announcer, will be behind the mike at the plywood plant in one of a “Defense for America” series of broadcasts sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers.

50 years ago

Sept. 8, 1966

Rocky Rockwell and four members of his band will be the grand marshals of Saturday’s Hoquiam Loggers Playday Parade it was learned yesterday.

Dick Brown, parade chairman for the sponsoring Hoquiam Elks, said Rockwell and his band agreed to perform in the parade free of charge. Rockwell, former trumpeter for the Lawrence Welk Show, is currently appearing at the Ocean Shores Inn.

Sept. 9, 1966

The Weyerhaeuser Co. sawmill strike in Aberdeen spread to the company’s woods operations in the Raymond-Aberdeen area today as about 500 members of the International Woodworkers of America refused to cross sawmill workers picket lines.

Closure of the woods operations brought the total number of Weyco employees affected to almost 900.

Some 135 members of the sawmill in Aberdeen walked off their jobs Wednesday morning in protest over the company’s reduction of the green chain crew from seven to five.

25 years ago

Sept. 8, 1991

• Never mind all the new faces and tough competitors going all-out to win the Loggers Playday title.

It was a familiar name — last year’s All-Around Logger Mel Lentz — who left them all in his dust last night at Olympic Stadium.

Lentz, 32, a world champion logging show competitor from Eugene, Ore., collected a total of 12 points including four first place finishes in ax throw, log chop, double handbuck and power saw buck.

• Debbie Hall, a first-year teacher at Satsop School, is thrilled to be coming home. “This was my first choice,” said Hall, who obtained her teaching credentials last winter through an EWU branch campus program at the Tri-Cities. “When I applied, I thought it would be too good of luck to get (a job teaching at Satsop). I am really tickled to be here.”

The school is somewhat larger than it was when she attended in the ’60s, said Hall, who was known as Debbie Haas prior to her marriage. “There was no covered play area then and the swings have been moved. But the gym is exactly the same and we planted the rhodies that are in front of the school.”

The classroom where she is teaching used to be a storage room. It still contains a wood stove. In her day every room had one.

Sept. 9, 1991

Just when it appeared the Kingdome would host the world’s largest slumber party, Jeff Kemp and the Seattle Seahawks answered their wake-up call.

Kemp threw two third quarter touchdown passes as the Seahawks did all their scoring in a 9 1/2 minute span to clip the New York Jets, 20-13 in a NFL game before a crowd of 56,700 Sunday in Seattle.

This was a day of redemption for Kemp, the career backup quarterback, pressed into service when starter Dave Krieg broke the thumb on his passing hand last week. In his last previous start, in 1988, Kemp suffered through a horrifying (completing 1 of 12 passes, with three interceptions) outing in a 38-7 shellacking at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom