World Gone By 8.27

In 1941, 8,000 military vehicles converge on East County roads

75 years ago

Aug. 27, 1941

Another convoy of military trucks began moving through eastern Grays Harbor early this afternoon from Brady, taking the last large unit of motorized troops from the scene of Grays Harbor’s “war.”

Highways this morning returned almost to normal after being jammed with traffic yesterday afternoon in the greatest congestion ever experienced in this area.

Civilian travel yesterday in eastern Grays Harbor was almost impossible as great lines of military vehicles, approximately 8,000 of them, converged from every side road in what seemed a never-ending stream. Like flood-swollen creeks, these roads fed county highways which brought together their columns on the main state arterials.

Aug. 28, 1941

Grays Harbor will play host tomorrow to the Norwegian Singers association with a reception at Vasa temple in Hoquiam slated to welcome the vanguard of singers and begin a four-day Scandinavian sangerfest.

The song festival, extending through Monday, brings together some of the finest musicians on the coast in a sangerfest, which has been an annual event since 1902.

50 years ago

Aug. 27, 1966

When the south jetty at the entrance to Grays Harbor was rebuilt some 25 years ago, hundreds of men labored many months on the project. Today a crew which has varied from 12 to 20 men is completing somewhat the same rebuilding job in half the time allowed for completion by the Army Corps of Engineers.

The “secret” of the difference between the two projects lies in $6 million worth of heavy equipment and 25 years of development in construction engineering and methods. Now the huge machines of the Umpqua River Navigation Company are doing the work which once required the bent backs and busy hands of scores of construction workers. The crew of 20 men and the equipment are placing about 3,000 tons of rock each day on the jetty.

Aug. 28, 1966

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago

Aug. 27, 1991

With little more than her face showing through the earth, the body of an unidentified woman lay beneath a plastic tarp near Hogan’s Corner this morning while sheriff’s investigators waited for a break in the rain.

Deputies were preparing evidence necessary to obtain arrest warrants for more than one suspect. Detective Lane Youmans said. “There were several persons seen with the victim about the time she died.”

The victim, who apparently was killed inside a nearby apartment, is in her late 40s or early 50s according to Youmans.

Aug. 28, 1991

• Sheriff’s investigators say at least six people were involved in the stabbing death of a 50-year-old Hogan’s Corner woman Monday evening.

The victims’ identity has not been released because her next of kin still have not been reached.

Four of the suspects, ages 17 to 20, are in custody. Deputies were hunting down the others even as other deputies searched the death scene this morning for a murder weapon they believed to be at the site.

County Coroner John Bebich said the victim died of multiple stab wounds at her apartment just off Highway 109 at the Ocean Shores turnoff.

• As “T-i-m-b-e-r-r-r!” fades from Northwest forests, the cry for help from hungry families is at a higher pitch.

Unfortunately, the cupboards have been bare at many area food banks.

In an unprecedented move to help rural food banks volunteers keep up with the increasing demand, Northwest Harvest trucked more than 40,000 pounds of food from Seattle to Aberdeen.

On hand at the shipyard where the Lady Washington was built, there were three dozen area ministers and volunteers ready to help unload the food. They they fanned out to restock shelves at 16 local food banks.

In Grays Harbor and Pacific counties, the foods banks figure an average of 1,480 families are seeking help every month. In those families there are an estimated 1,963 infants and children. They expect those numbers to double on Grays Harbor as winter approaches.

Compiled from the archives of The Daily World by Karen Barkstrom