World Gone By: In 1969, petition circulates concerning safety issues on Hwy. 12

From the archives of The Daily World

75 years ago

September 14, 1944

Pilot Officer Ralph Burgess of the Royal Canadian air force, a 1941 Hoquiam high school graduate and gridder captain, is home on leave from Montview, Ontario, visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Burgess and his sister Mrs. Ruth Emery.

He is a bombardier-navigator instructor on two-motored, British-made Anson bombers.

Burgess was commissioned July 14, 1943, and recently completed a six-weeks’ officer commando course in Nova Scotia.

September 15, 1944

• Staff Sergeant Cantello Strickland, former Harbor resident, was killed in action March 18 in Yugoslavia, according to word received from his mother, Mrs. Bessie Strickland, San Diego. His plane, a B-17 was hit by an enemy rocket, severing the tail entirely from the fuselage of the plane.

He was graduated from Cosmopolis school and attended Miller junior high school in 1926. He was an outstanding swimmer and football player.

• Approving 41 applicants for members, the Aberdeen Elks lodge last night completed arrangements to initiate a class of 75 next Thursday night.

The evening’s entertainment, which was arranged by M.B. Lytle, included banjo numbers by Pinky Crandall, cowboy songs with guitar accompaniment by Ed (Andy) Anderson, piano selections by Leo Bresse and accordion numbers by Pete Hill.

50 years ago

September 14, 1969

A petition asking the State Highways Department to provide a method for getting westbound traffic off U.S. Highway 12 at Central Park “without endangering lives and property” is circulating in the Aberdeen-Hoquiam-Cosmopolis area, according to Richard Easterly who’s been doing the distributing.

“The highway is a death trap out there,” he said. “Maybe we can get something done about it.”

The petition asks the Highway Department to provide a storage lane, an overpass or any feasible method whereby westbound motorists on State Highway 12 in Central Park “may execute a left turn at all flashing amber lights without endangering lives and property.”

‘There’s been a rash of accidents out there, said Easterly, who works at the Weyerhaeuser plant in Cosmopolis. “And I was one of them.”

September 15, 1969

Monday night TV programs include “Truth or Consequences,” “Beat the Clock,” “No Time for Sergeants,” “The Avengers,” “Gunsmoke,” “Laugh In,” “Here’s Lucy,” “Mayberry RFD,” “Family Affair,” “Dick Cavett Show,” “Joey Bishop Show” and “Merv Griffin Show.”

25 years ago

September 14, 1994

Hoquiam opened the Black Hills League girls’ volleyball season by steamrolling Centralia, Tuesday night at Hoquiam Square Garden, 15-5, 15-1, 15-4.

“Everybody played well,” Grizzly coach Christy Gregory said. “It was a team effort. I have 11 players. They all played and all contributed in some way. My hitters got kills and my setter did a great job.”

September 15, 1994

The Aberdeen City Council voted 11-1 last night to put a consolidation study on the ballot despite questions on whether the measure is doomed by naysayers on the Hoquiam side.

Voters in both cities will be asked Nov. 8 if the cities should prepare a plan for consolidation.

The Hoquiam City Council voted 9-2 on Monday to put the question before voters, but not before several members expressed conviction that it would fail.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom