75 years ago
February 15, 1945
More than 2,000 persons turned out yesterday to witness a demonstration in the latest farming methods at Brady Grange hall, County Agent Floyd Svinth said today.
Arranged by the Washington State College, the local extension service and the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, the event had one of the largest attendances recorded for like affairs in the state.
A complete poultry farm was exhibited in miniature, showing all phases and equipment. A model of a 12×12 milk house also attracted a large amount of attention.
Pruning methods were demonstrated, and a complete home economics exhibit included a full-size complete utility room and a canning demonstration.
February 16, 1945
Miss Marie Adams, former well known Aberdeen resident, was near collapse from giving many blood transfusions to her patients at Santo Tomas, when American troops freed internees there, her sister, Mrs. J.B. Kinne, learned today.
Miss Adams has a rare type of blood, Mrs. Kinne said. Because so few donors have this type, it is probable that she was called many times to donate blood, as well as minister to the patients.
Miss Kinne was informed last Saturday by the Red Cross of her sister’s release from the prison camp.
50 years ago
February 15, 1970
Fern Hill Mortuary, first new mortuary building on the Harbor for 48 years, opens March 1, and will be operated by Gordon Peterson, funeral director with Elerding Mortuary for 13 years.
The single-story shake-roofed building on Roosevelt Street below Fern Hill Cemetery needs another coat of paint inside, plus furniture, lighting and asphalting of its 40-car parking lot to be complete.
Working with Peterson will be Erwin Hesser, a funeral director for Elerding’s for some 20 years. Mrs. Ruth Flaherty will be organist and receptionist.
February 16, 1970
Archie Norman Wade, 21, a Harbor native, died from an accident during a mission in Vietnam Feb. 12. Word of the death was received Sunday.
Army Pvt. Wade was born in Aberdeen and attended Hoquiam schools. He was active in Boy Scouts. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Wade, operate Jim’s Shoe Repair at 212 S. H St. in Aberdeen.
25 years ago
February 15, 1995
After almost four months as a safe harbor for teenagers, the Neutral Zone appears to be neutralizing trouble.
The Aberdeen Police Department noted a dramatic decrease in youth crime between Oct. 8 and Dec. 10, the first 10 weeks the teen program operated in the Hopkins Building.
“There seems to be a definite correlation between the rate of juvenile complaints and the operation of the Neutral Zone,” said Police Chief Bill Ellis. “Aberdeen police responded to 26 juvenile complaints on Saturday nights during that 10-week period in 1993 and only eight during that time period in 1994.”
February 16, 1995
It’s the middle of winter. Swollen cumulus clouds hang low and the sun — if it could be seen — is high in the noon sky.
Still, 30 or so Ocean Shores Elementary students, with eyes skyward, are oohing and aahing in unison at such celestial marvels as Ursa Major, Cassiopeia and many other constellations often seen in the Northern Hemisphere’s night sky.
The students, seated inside an igloo-like, air-filled planetarium in their gym, are in fact enjoying a visit from the Pacific Science Center’s “Space Odyssey” van. The portable planetarium is just one of a plethora of gadgets crammed into the vehicle that are intended to spark an interest in science. There are six vans in all, and each one contains material related to a different scientific theme.
Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom