World Gone By: In 1945, Sgt. Heikkila, 1941 HHS grad, killed in action

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75 years ago

February 6, 1945

The city council last night unanimously elected Councilman McKinley Johnson to succeed the late Ralph L. Philbrick, who died January 26, as mayor of the city of Hoquiam.

Johnson, who has been a member of the council for eight years, has been serving the past month as president of the body.

February 7, 1945

Sgt. Arnold E. Heikkila, 1941 Hoquiam high school graduate and a member of the football squad for three years, was killed in action while manning a Superfortress gun over Germany according to word received here by relations. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Toivo Heikkila, former Hoquiam residents who moved to Cromwell, Minnesota, about two years ago.

He went overseas in June 1944 as a gunner on a B-17, stationed in England. According to a letter written by him a week before his death, he had only a few more missions to complete before he would be eligible for a furlough home.

50 years ago

February 6, 1970

Monika Holboek of Austria, American Field Service student attending Weatherwax High School this year and residing with the Glenn Memmer family in Aberdeen, will be the guest speaker at the Feb. 16 meeting of the Aberdeen American Legion Auxiliary.

At a recent meeting of the auxiliary, the following activities were reported: Purchasing a Daily World subscription for American Lake Hospital; sending three layettes to needy mothers; presenting flags to Girl Scout troops and donating to the state president’s project of furnishing draperies and carpet to the Service Men’s Lounge at Sea-Tac airport.

It was announced that 55 hundred poppies made in VA hospitals have been received by the auxiliary and will be handed out on Poppy Day in May.

February 7, 1970

Saturday, no newspaper published

25 years ago

February 6, 1995

Three Hoquiam wrestlers earned regional berths in the AA subregional tournament Saturday at Chehalis.

The Grizzlies’ Jake Karl finished second at 129 pounds, losing by technical fall.

Hoquiam’s Chuy Villalobos, at 101 pounds, and Jeremy Grove, at 158, advanced with third place finishes. The Grizzlies’ Luis Galeana, seeded fourth at 135 pounds, was unable to compete due to a knee injury.

February 7, 1995

In his trademark tell-it-like-it-is style, Aberdeen High School Principal Jeff Carlovsky gave the School Board an update last night on the fight against drug abuse.

“There are some lockers that are just like drug stores, and all of us know it,” Carlovsky said.

But if it’s any consolation to parents, the prevalence of drug use among students, isn’t particularly remarkable in Aberdeen.

“I think it’s a problem everywhere,” said Vice Principal Jackie Chapelle. “I really don’t believe that we have any unique problems.”

Partners is reducing substance abuse, Carlovsky and LaChapelle told the School Board what sorts of drug and alcohol problems they face on a day to day basis and what needs to be done to stop consumption and distribution.

“There’s more alcohol because it’s cheap and it’s easy to obtain,” Carlovsky said.

Ultimately, the task of keeping students from using alcohol and other drugs shouldn’t be left to school administrators, the AHS principal said.

“Parents have to take ownership and responsibility of their kids,” Carlovsky said. “They’re legally responsible until they are 18. School are asked to do more and more by society to take the place of parents.”

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom