1910 – 1919


February 3 – Billy Gohl charged with murder.

April 1 – Finch Building opens. First building in Aberdeen with an elevator.

April 23 – Union Pacific begins work on Chehalis River Railroad Bridge.

April 25 – Cornerstone laid for new County Courthouse.

May 2 – Billy Gohl’s trial begins.

May 24 – Billy Gohl sentenced to life in prison.

June 13 – Billy Gohl taken to Walla Walla Penitentiary.

June 15 – New transcontinental railroad, Union Pacific (Grays Harbor and Puget Sound Railroad), reaches Harbor.

July 16 – Forest fires rage in Wishkah.

July 26 – Speed laws opposed by car owners.

August 8 – Broadway Hill on fire.

August 15 – Two railways begin service to the Harbor.

August 30 – Dog, rats and fleas banned in Aberdeen; 27,000 dogs in Aberdeen.

October 22 – Gohl accomplice denied another trial.

November 8 – Aberdeen will grant women the right to vote.

November 22 – Storm knocks out Chehalis River Bridge.

December 15 – Aberdeen to build highway around bluff.

December 29 – Entire Aberdeen police force dismissed.


January 3 – Mrs. Hilda Willponene is first woman in Aberdeen to register to vote.

June 13 – Rock for new Grays Harbor jetty arrives.

June 26 – First two whales brought in to American Pacific Whaling Plant at Stanford Point.

September 23 – Railroad Day in Aberdeen as Chehalis River railroad bridge opens.

October 10 – First annual Chehalis County Fair opens.

November 1 – Tug Phoenix total wreck at Queets River.


January – 1911 total lumber output was 600,000,000 feet.

May 23 – First car arrives at Lake Quinault.

November 6 – Sternwheeler Harbor Belle gets a plank stuck in the wheel, drifts into a snag and sinks near Montesano.

December 28 – British Bark Torrisdale hits jetty and is beached.


January 31 – Olympia-Grays Harbor canal proposed.

February 1 – Electric Building opens and is illuminated for the first time.

March 3 – Weir Theater in Aberdeen opens with an all-star Vaudeville Revue.

March 7 – Oil is discovered in Hoh River area.

April 18 – John Tornow, “The Wildman of the Wynoochee” is killed.

April 22 – Aberdeen’s wholesale block burns.

May 5 – Timber cruisers say there is enough timber in the county to build a 30’ wide wooden road around the world in wood.

May 20 – First cranberries to be raised in swamps near beach.

May 31 – Sixty school children spend the night marooned aboard the Kennewick on Vincent sandspit opposite Grays Harbor City.

September – Oil companies begin drilling near Taholah.

October 12 – A big storm hits Harbor with 90 mph winds.


September 12 – Grays Harbor Country Club opens.

November 4 – Grays Harbor county goes dry.


March 15 – Chehalis County renamed Grays Harbor County.

April 10 – The new Aberdeen Post Office opens; built in 79 days.

June 29 – Schooner Annie Larsen found loaded with guns and ammo but no manifests or customs papers.


January 26 – Snow storms close all the logging camps.

May 21 – “Birth of a Nation” opens at the Grand Theater with a 30 piece orchestra.

July 31 – The Oregon, the first ship built in Aberdeen in 8 years, is launched.

August 14 – Martha Benn, wife of Aberdeen’s founder, passes away at age 72.


April 6 – U.S. Enters World War I.

June 30 – Al Jolson appears at Aberdeen’s Grand Theater in “Robinson Crusoe, Jr.”.

July 19 – Troops ordered to Grays Harbor in wake of sawmill strike.

July 21 – Grays Harbor county sends 339 men in first army draft call.

August 1 – All shipyards idle for 27 days due to mill strike.

September 14 – Harbor spruce output commandeered by the military.

November 9 – Vice-president Thomas Marshall speaks in Aberdeen.

December 1 – First federal wooden ship Abrigada launched; sets world record for wooden ship construction.


January 2 – 1,600 Harbor sons are in military service.

January 22 – Marie DeRonde is 22nd ship launched since February, 1915.

March 11 – Half of all spruce used in war effort comes from Grays Harbor.

May 22 – Hoquiam Spruce Mill burns.

June 24 – Hoquiam man, Charles Gelden, is first Harbor man to die in WWI (May 29).

October 5 – Steamship Aberdeen built in a record setting 17½ days.

October 7 – All public places on Harbor closed due to influenza epidemic.

November 13 – Military spruce work on the Harbor halted; Loggers had cut 132 million for airplane stock.

November 23 – Airplane “Spruce Division” begin to depart Harbor.

January 23 – $65,995 approved for the construction of the Olympic Highway.


Five die in Clemons Logging Company train wreck.

April 24 – Harbor welcomes return of soldiers.

July 1 – Hoquiam police officer bitten by carnival “cannibal”.

July 16 – Washington announces plans for National Guard.

November 12 – I.W.W. rooms on Harbor raided.

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Aberdeen, Washington 98520
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