World Gone By: In 1995, Rudy Anderson named Polson Museum Pioneer of the Year

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75 years ago

February 24, 1945

Led by Harley Hansen, peppery guard gone score crazy, Aberdeen’s fighting Bobcats last night boosted themselves into a half-game northern division lead by turning back the Hoquiam Grizzlies 28 to 24.

The crucial game, second inter-city hoop classic of the season, was witnessed by 2,000 screaming spectators jam-packed into the Miller gym. A long line of hopeful ticket buyers failed to see the tilt because of fire department orders restricting the size of the gathering.

Aberdeen’s scoring punch rested almost entirely in the hands of Hansen, who was at his hottest during a torrid first quarter, which saw him bombard the hoop for 12 tallies. Held nearly scoreless in previous games, the stocky guard snapped out of the doldrums with a bang by swishing five long push shots in succession during the initial eight minutes.

50 years ago

February 24, 1970

Presentation of civic awards to two popular choices and an articulate and knowledgeable address by Justice Marshall A. Neill of the Washington State Supreme Court were features of the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday in South Bend.

Named the Chamber’s Man of the Year for 1969 was Robert C. Mills, longtime local businessman. He received the citation for lengthy service to the chamber in many capacities, including that of the presidency, for his hard work and deep interest in Boy Scout work and for many other fields of community service.

Another special plaque award was given to Ben Danielson, recognized for his distinctive services to the children of the community by acting as Santa Claus in South Bend’s Christmas parades and other events for the past 20 years. A retired, city employe, Danielson is now the caretaker at Bruceport Park.

25 years ago

February 24, 1995

Rudy Anderson has spent more than half a century putting a special twist on civil engineering.

Now 88, the Hoquiamite has been instrumental in projects ranging from the race track at the county fairgrounds to the first classrooms at Grays Harbor College.

Even after his retirement in 1974, he continued to volunteer his engineering expertise on remodeling projects — from the Hoquiam YMCA to Saron Lutheran Church.

“He’s done a tremendous amount of work for this community, and he has done a lot of things for free,” says fellow Hoquiamite Doris West.

For those reasons and more, Anderson has been named the 1995 Polson Museum Pioneer of the Year.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom