The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

By Kay Chamberlain
Wah. Co. Eagle 

It's almost time to make fair entries


TOASTY--The weekend was quite warm and temperatures are supposed to stay that way, so we hope you're staying lathered with sunscreen and drinking plenty of fluids. Don't forget your four-legged friends, as they are already wearing fur coats. It goes without saying that one should be extra careful with fires and BBQ's and even a hanging chain between your truck and boat/trailer as you could set off a fire unintentionally and as we can see, there have been some devastating consequences in our state with wild fires raging out of control.

SPECIAL DAYS-- Here is our list of people celebrating their birthdays from July 31-Aug. 6: Sheran Parker, Jae Stewart, Cassi Luthi, Karrie Helms, John L. McClain, Betty Huber, Jennifer Norris, Robert Fritzie, David Black, Austin Smith, Maureen Zacker-Bockius, Danny Eaton, Monte Robinson, Steve Havens, Fred Hoven, Amy Gorley, Terry Bonny, Marnee Davis, Martin Ostervold, Nancy Brady, Judy Bergman and Jenny Pedersen.

Those celebrating anniversaries this week are Don and Kitty Speranza, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce McClain, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. Rick Kuljis, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hoven, Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Hurley. Enjoy your special celebrations this week everybody!

NEXT MONDAY--If your child is at the age that they will be entering kindergarten thru fifth grade, then you can enroll them in a week of crafts, games, snacks and lessons about the Bible, as the Wahkiakum Interfaith Network is sponsoring Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to Noon, Aug. 4-8, at St. James Episcopal Church. Call Patti Phillips to pre-register at 360-562-5013 or arrive Monday at 8:45 and do it then. Your kids will love the program, "Adventures on Promise Island."

COMING SOON--Aug. 7 the Cathlamet Downhill Corral Longboard Races will take over some of the streets in Cathlamet for few days, as they head down the steep hills and thrill everybody with their jumps and speed. It should be a great seventh year for the riders who come from all over the place to take part in this event. Remember, some streets are closed during various times and events, but they will all be open in the late evening hours.

ALMOST FAIR TIME--The Wahkiakum County Fair is coming up quickly and the time for entering things or registering certain things is already here in some cases. Example: Your entry forms for animals was already due as were 4-H records. The 4-H educational posters are due tomorrow at the WSU Extension office by 4 p.m. Make sure you check out the fair books that are available in many different businesses, or The Eagle office, as we wouldn't want you to miss out in taking part due to a past due time of entering them. Many things are due just prior to the fair, like Grange Booths on Sunday, Aug. 10, and most items for "open adult, open youth and other organizations at various times on Monday, Aug. 11. However, it really all depends on what you're entering, so I do hope you have your items ready to go and check out those fair books as the days are flying by fast and the fair will be here before you know it. Contact the fairgrounds at 795-3480 for more info or leave a message if no one is there to pick up your call as there is a lot of work to be done outside so they could be there but not next to the phone. Volunteers are still needed to get things in place so your help would be truly appreciated.

FUND RAISERS--Speaking of the fair, the fair princesses are busy setting up fund raisers and one of those will be held by Abbie Eaton this Sunday, Aug. 3 at the Grays River Grange. She will serve a lasagna dinner and hold a silent auction as well with lots of goodies to bid on, so she hopes you'll join her for a bite to eat and some great auction items. With time running down, watch for more posters around the area announcing fund raising events for all the princesses.

Speaking of princesses, all six of them got together recently, along with last year's fair Queen Aaliyah Montgomery, and went to the Cowlitz Fair. While they were there, they enjoyed a full day and night of fair activities, including a musical concert, where they even got the band members to sign their sashes, so that was pretty special. The young ladies definitely had a good time together that day!

END OF THE MONTH--Towards the latter part of the month, there will be the annual Buzzards Breath Chili Cook-off and this year, it will be combined with the Wooden Boat Show, so be sure to watch for a schedule of times when various activities will be taking place.

GREAT BIRTHDAY--Peggy Pedersen had a birthday recently and with a multitude of phone calls and visits, it was a good day. Over the weekend, sons Tim and Mark, and their significant others showed up to celebrate her big day again and beings they brought food, cake and flowers, well, it was definitely a nice day for the "birthday girl!"

S OF N MEETING--On Aug. 6 there will be the monthly meeting at the Norse Hall on Puget Island for members of the Sons of Norway. It begins at 7 p.m. if you're interested in stopping by and seeing what the group is doing or would like to join. Don't forget that Bingo is the second Saturday of the month, so head on over to the Island and see if you wind up being one of the winners of a cash prize!

KAYAKING--The Columbia River Kayakers have a full schedule of tours that you can take part in this month. For a full schedule, check them out on line, or stop by and ask. They are located at the Steamboat Slough Landing building here in Skamokawa, or call 360-747-1044. You'll need to register for these tours and classes.

FOS--In less than two months, there will be lots of action and lots of fun as the Friends of Skamokawa host their annual Wine Tasting and Auction fund raiser on Sept. 13 at the Skamokawa Grange Hall. At this time, the FOS is collecting items for the auction and would love to hear from you regarding a donation for either their live auction or the silent auction. Tickets are available at several local places, but if you have a question about this event, contact Redmen Hall at 795-3007 Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4.

ALSO THAT DAY--September 13 the Class of '67 will have a potluck gathering at Skamokawa Vista Park. I'm not sure about the dinner time yet, but those that are camping there will clue me in a little later, but for now, keep that date in mind for a casual get together with some of your old school chums.

NEW JOB--Local Connie Bassi was spotted behind a counter once again, as she was one of the new employees at the new grocery store in Cathlamet. She will be selling everything from nuts and bolts, camping gear, and fishing equipment to chips, beer, fresh fruit and veggies and more in the newly expanded business. Another Skamokawa resident, Carla Keilwitz, owns and operates The Video Store at the west end of the building so if you're in Cathlamet, you could cruise by and say hello to them and check out the inventory at both places as they are both quite impressive.

OUT OF THE PAST--This week back in 1944, there were a couple of misty morning beginnings but the days were mostly very nice. Word from Cordova, Alaska that week was headline news, as the "Great Pink Run" hit and every available person in town was working on the packing line to help bring in the massive catches. Some were working their own businesses during the day and then coming to help at one of the three local canneries as well as they were running 20 hours a day. The newspaper exclaimed it to be the "Silver Horde" which had struck with a vengeance and soon the canneries had to put a limit as to how much they could bring in per fisherman on board just in order to keep up. In just a few days, it was estimated that they had brought in a million and a quarter fish. Grandma Everest had been busy at the telephone office as they just got done with the toll count and they were so busy that there was a two hour delay on all calls. After making applesauce and making an applesauce cake, it was time for Grandma Elsie to head to see the show, "Lassie Come Home." Grandpa Ralph Everest was entertaining his grandsons with the Goodfellow's horses and so they had a great time too.

In 1949, it was horribly hot the first few days but ended up with a nice day that saw rain in the evening hours. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Jacobson welcomed a baby girl into their family when Nancy Ann arrived at 2:15 on Tuesday morning, Aug. 2nd. Paternal grandmother was Mrs. Minnie Jacobson and maternal grandmother was Mrs. Happy Jacobson. The Everests joined the Mast family for dinner and birthday cake as Jimmy Mast turned seven on Aug. 5.

In 1964, the end of July came with cold rain and August began the same way and continued until Aug. 5 when it finally dried up and was finally more like summer on Aug. 6. The Everests had been taking their usual evening walks bundled up in sweaters, raincoats and umbrellas so they were happy to see it warm up. A call from granddaughter, Kay, told her of news from Alaska where her folks were having a good season but had not gotten any mail, so they weren't sure where it was all winding up at. Daughter, Carol said she hoped to be home by Aug. 13 but it depended on the fishing. It was out to the Elochoman Grange that Wednesday where they took in new members: Mr. and Mrs. Melton, Marsha Erwin, Donna Weist and Mr. and Mrs. Shockman. The Spacecraft, Ranger 7, made a successful lift off after two failed tries. At the Everests it was a busy week of making bread, canning apricots and going to meetings and entertaining company. All this according to Grandma Elsie's diaries.


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