75 years ago
February 8, 1945
Frank Sinatra was mobbed by squealing bobby sox grils today when he reported at the Newark armory for a preinduction physical examination. Military police helped rescue him.
The skinny, $1,000,000 crooner arrived at the armory in a coupe with his press agent, George Evans. More than 100 teen-age girls rushed him, pushed him against a fence and tore his coat. The girls had been waiting for hours in the ice and snow. Police and MP’s charged to the recue and helped him inside.
February 9, 1945
The speedship Aberdeen, built at record breaking speed during World War I, purchased by Swedish interests a ew years ago, has just been broken up, according to information received here.
Used in its contruction was some two million feet of the finest timber ever cut on Grays Harbor. The ship was dismantled to permit conversion of the timber into charcoal for operating buses and automobiles.
The Aberdeen was built in 17½ days in September, 1918, and was readied for the water in 12½ days more.
50 years ago
February 8, 1970
Robert Failor, Aberdeen’s 6-5½ junior forward, threw in a career high 22 points Friday night in Vancouver to lead Aberdeen’s league-leading Bobcats to their 9th consecutive Southwest Washington AAA victory, 74-49 over last place Fort Vancouver.
By sinning the ‘Cats clinched a berth in the SWW district playoffs slated for the first weekend in March.
The Dixmen now need to win just two of their three remaining regular season games in order to claim the conference title and the faoired position in the playoof draw.
February 9, 1970
Robert Brawley, Aberdeen, and R.D. McDonald, Raymond were presented the highly prized Silver Beaver Award at the annual recognition dinner of the Twin Harbors Area Council served last night in the Aberdeen Elks Temple.
Brawley is currently skipper of the Sea Scout Ship No. 6.
McDonald, holds the rank of Eagle Scout and is serving currently as scoutmaster of Troop 38.
25 years ago
February 8, 1995
Real estate agent Linda Stanley-Hunt and her contractor husband, Greg Hunt are planning a development in South Aberdeen geared toward first-time home buyers.
Alder Glen is a proposed cul-de-sac on Griffith Street just below Grays Harbor College and down the street from the mall. The Hunts plan to build nine homes.
“We’re trying to bring a home to this area that’s affordable — that’s not a dark old box — and one you can get into without breaking the bank,” said Stanley-Hunt, whose soft drawl immediately reveals she’s a transplanted Texan.
These won’t be cookie-cutter houses, either, she says. There are four or five designs for buyers to choose from — all three-bedroom, two bath, two-car garage homes. But while one buyer might want a large combined living and dining area, another might choose a floor plan with separate living and dining areas or perhaps a galley kitchen.
Prices range from $69,950 to $94,500.
February 9, 1995
Guy McMinds, a key adviser to the Quinault Indian Nation, has been appointed to the Grays Harbor College Board of Trustees.
Gov. Mike Lowry picked McMinds to replace Jack Durney of Hoquiam, who resigned from the board a few months ago.
“I’ve known Guy for 20 some years,” Durney said today. “He’s highly respected by the business community in particular. He’s an outstanding choice.”
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom