World Gone By: In 1969, Elerdings retire after 51 years in mortuary business

From the archives of The Daily World

75 years ago

July 1, 1944

■ With two sons in the South Pacific and another in Italy, Mrs. Zore Baer of West Market Street in Aberdeen, will send her youngest son, Willis, into service July 7. He attended Brooklyn schools.

Private Perry Baer is with the engineers in Italy. He attended Vesta schools and joined the army in May 1942.

Private Howard Baer is with the engineers in the South Pacific. He graduated from Brooklyn and attended Washington State College for one year, entering the service in April 1942.

Corporal Wallace Baer is driving in truck in New Guinea. He also attended Brooklyn schools and answered his county’s call in February 1942.

■ A new high in membership has been reached by Henry L. Robb auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars, for at last Wednesday’s meeting, 112 members were announced to be in good standing.

Mrs. Elena Robb, gold star mother of the post and auxiliary, won the Pot o’ Gold and returned it to the auxiliary to help carry on the work of the unit.

50 years ago

July 2, 1969

There are some things a newspaperman just takes for granted.

One of them was the daily call to LaVerne Elerding to get the funeral notices and daily obituaries taken care of.

You could count on Vern having it done when you picked up the phone at 8 o’clock in the morning because for years he was up and around at 4:30 a.m.

Elerding announced late last week, that he and Mrs. Elerding are retiring from the mortuary business after he’s been in the profession for 51 years in Aberdeen.

25 years ago

July 1, 1994

Two Grays Harbor College spring sports coaches have resigned, GHC athletic director Diane Smith reported.

Connie Schmidt has stepped down after one year as the Chokers’ softball coach. She cited a desire to spend more time with her family, according to Smiths.

Joe Golia, the GHC golf coach since 1991, has also resigned. Time constraints associated with the opening of the new nine holes at Highland Golf Course, where Golia is the pro, and a desire to devote more time to junior golf instruction were primary factors in Golia’s decision, Smith said.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom