World Gone By – August 16, 2016

On this day, August 16…

75 years ago

Aug. 15, 1941

•There were no new candidates for the Aberdeen high football coaching job today.

Charles “Chuck” Semancik, assistant last year to Phil Sarboe who resigned Tuesday to coach at Central Washington College of Education, and Emmett “Mutt” Schoeder, Kelso mentor, are the only ones who have been interviewed.

• Converted Westport salmon boats hit the jackpot Wednesday when they delivered more than 10 tons of tuna at the Harbor port at a price of $310, the highest in northwest history.

Grays Harbor pilchard seiners yesterday had their best day in more than two weeks, discharging nearly 700 tons at the three reduction plants.

50 years ago

Aug. 15, 1966

The big 1966 Grays Harbor County Fair ended last night after enjoying near perfect weather and huge crowds during its four-day run. Official attendance was 24,231 — 6,553 more people than visited the fair last year.

25 years ago

Aug. 15, 1991

• For nine-year-old Robert Yucha, released from the Community Hospital Wednesday afternoon, the rest of the summer won’t be the same.

The driver of a pickup truck, John Norris, smashed his bike and killed his friend Monday night. The death of Robbie Pflugmacher, 13, hasn’t really sunk in.

As for his bike, Robert told his parents, “I’m gonna get the best, most expensive bike and that man (Norris)is gonna pay for it.” Until then he gets to use his mother’s 10-speed.

• “Slowly but surely,” that’s the story on the Aberdeen Rotary Club’s log pavilion at Morrision Riverfront Park.

The 5,000 square-foot building draws many tourists who marvel at the craftsmanship. Each log has been carefully selected, debarked, smoothed and hewn by hand. They fit together with amazing precision.

About six years ago when Bob Swedblom, the straw boss, got things going, the building was estimated to be worth $150,000. Once work began at the former hake plant where the tall ship was built, the cabin became a pavilion to the tune of about $300,000. Now that the roof is going on, Swed said he’s heard people using the figure $500,000.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom