World Gone By: In 1970, Saginaw Mill in South Aberdeen damaged by fire

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75 years ago

March 1, 1945

After 47 days as a human bomb, Dewey Duppe, 20, is able to take a hard knock now without blowing himself up.

Twelfth naval district headquarters in San Francisco disclosed today that a successful operation had been performed at the naval receiving hospital to remove a fused 20 mm. projectile from the body of the seaman, second class, from Opelousas, La.

He was at his station as gun loader aboard a battleship at Lingayen gulf on Jan. 9 when an air attack came. “The first thing I knew,” said the bluejacket, “I was lying on the deck with a compound fracture of my left leg and other injuries about my chest.”

Dupree was moved to an advanced base for treatment, then to a hospital in San Francisco. Convalescing nicely, he told doctors last Saturday that he felt there was “something” inside him low in his body. Surgeons, thinking they’d missed a piece of shrapnel, ordered X-rays. The pictures disclosed the fused shell.

Bomb disposal experts as well as medical men were consulted. In a tense atmosphere, Commander J.I. Hall (MC) USNR, operated successfully. Explosives experts took the projectile away for disposal.

50 years ago

March 1, 1970

• A strong east wind fanned sparks from a waste burner at Saginaw Shingle Co. around noon Saturday and started a fire which caused $150,000 damage to the South Aberdeen mill.

Aberdeen fire marshal Robert Dyer reported that the fire damaged about 60 per cent of the mill, mostly in the cutting and packing area.

With 10 firemen on duty, 24 of the 29 off-duty firemen report to the fire station. The Cosmopolis volunteer fire department responded with 13 men and the Hoquiam fire department was placed on standby.

• An unpretentious Raymond contract logger and tree farmer, Fred Lovin, has been chosen as The Daily World’s Man of the Year for 1969.

Lovin is the second in the select list following James Jackson of Taholah who won the first of the annual awards in 1968.

Now 60 years old, Lovin is owner-operator of the Lovin Lumber Company, which has provided close to a million dollars in payroll income to the Willapa Harbor area since its inception 23 years ago after Lovin settled in Raymond after four years of army service in World War II.

25 years ago

March 1, 1995

In the long run, the Weyerhaeuser Co. is likely to expand its presence on the Twin Harbors, but in the short term, one of its major operations here — the Cosmopolis Pulp mill — faces an uncertain future, company officials said in Aberdeen last night.

Aberdeen was the fifth stop on the “town hall meeting” tour by company president, Jack Creighton, and vice president, Charley Bingham.

Judging by last night’s session at Grays Harbor College, which drew about 300, the company has a lot of friends on the Twin Harbors.

Creighton and Bingham fielded criticism on logging clear-cuts, raw log exports and the company’s reluctance to take a leadership role in the debate over private property rights.

But compliments outweighed criticism. They were lauded for their reinvestment in company facilities, forest practice methods, their joint venture agreement that made it possible for the Grays Harbor Paper mill to reopen in Hoquiam and simply for employing a lot of people (1,400) on the Twin Harbors.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom