1900 – 1909


December 14 – New telephone directory issued in Aberdeen. 185 phones in use.


March 29 – Twelve-million feet of logs jammed up on the Wishkah River.


January 1 – Door-to-door mail delivery begins in Aberdeen. The first carriers are Edmund J. Croft and Edwin J. Eccles.

September 12 – “Dark Day” in Chehalis county as major forest fires blot out sunlight.

October 13 – George J. Wolff buys store of I. Harris & Sons.


March – New Steam Pumper arrives in Aberdeen.

June – Grays Harbor Packing Co., located at the foot of G street, burns.

July 9 – Billy Gohl takes over as Agent of the Sailor’s Union in Aberdeen.

July 22 – Wilson Brothers Mill destroyed by fire.

October 16 – “Black Friday” – Great Fire sweeps Aberdeen destroying the central business area and leaving three dead.

October 28 – Commercial Block fire.


January 13 – Heavy snowfall stops electric railway.

January 17 – Live wire kills team of horses in Aberdeen.

June 21- Railway to Moclips completed. First train to run July 1.

July 5 – Jack Donnelly charged with manslaughter after Fred Ross dies of injuries from their July 4 boxing match. He is exonerated on the 7th. Largest headlines to ever appear in the Aberdeen Daily Bulletin.

July 20 – Strike hits Grays Harbor mills.

August 25 – Twenty five ships in Harbor. Grays Harbor currently recognized as largest shipping port in the world.


February 26 – Lizzie Morgan’s opium den unearthed in Aberdeen.

April 26 – 174-foot steamer Quinault launched in Aberdeen. On December 3rd it set a round-trip record between San Francisco and Aberdeen in just under 7 days.

May 7 – Steamer Norwood strikes Chehalis River bridge; a portion of which collapsed the next day.

June 16 – Seaman’s strike shuts down mills.

August 16 – Movement afoot to relocate county seat from Montesano to Aberdeen.

November 15 – Greatest storm in Hoquiam history.


May 4 – State road between Aberdeen and Montesano opens; Mr. Rutherford first to drive it.

May 6 – Ninth floater in 60 days pulled from the Harbor.

July 19 – 385’ steamer Bessie Dollar from Mexico, largest vessel ever to visit Harbor, taking on lumber for China.

September 11 – Secretary of War Taft delivers speech to immense crowd in Aberdeen.

September 21 – Steamer Tellus runs aground on north spit of Harbor.

October 7 – Fourteen windjammers loading on the Harbor; most ever.

November 3 – Loggers break 12-million foot log jam on Wishkah River.


January 3 – Three-year-old girl falls from sidewalk in front of her home in Aberdeen tide flats and drowns.

March 16 – 400’ steamer Indravelli, largest ship to visit Harbor, arrives.

May 3 – New Presbyterian Church dedicated.

May 5 – Coast Saloon closed when dredging in river by Northern Pacific Railway weakens foundation. Billy Gohl, whose office was in the building, said “[The] building cracked and groaned until I thought it was going down.”

May 28 – Two train car-loads of seed oysters arrive in Grays Harbor.

June 1 – Aberdeen Daily Bulletin renamed Aberdeen World.

June 23 – Wireless between Aberdeen and Westport functioning.

July 2 – Street paving to begin in Aberdeen.

July 9 – Chehalis Indians claim entire county.(???)

July 29 – “F” street fire.


January 11 – Grays Harbor earthquake 4:03 pm.

January 17 – First edition of Sunday World.

February – Finch Building construction underway.

March 4 – Aberdeen World becomes Aberdeen Daily World.

March 20 – Swing bridge across Wishkah River opens.

May 10 – Streetcar strikes horse and buggy at Broadway and First.

June 28 – Newlun’s Restaurant in Moclips destroyed as source of diphtheria.

November 23 – Ten thousand logs float out to sea in freshet.


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Aberdeen, Washington 98520
(360) 533-1976

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