1930 – 1938

1930

March 17 – First comics page appears in Aberdeen Daily World.

May 17 – Fox D & R inaugurates Saturday Mickey Mouse Club.

August 18 – MGM’s Leo the Lion visits the Harbor.

December 1 – Feds make prohibition sweep on Harbor.

1931

April 13 – Work begins on East Aberdeen entrance.

July 2 – Harbor spruce used in Wiley Post’s round-the-world flight plane.

August 25-27 – Olympic loop highway celebration and dedication.

November 19 – Oil discovered on the Hoh.

May 24 – Airship Akron sails over Harbor.

1932

December 5 – New Federal Building opens in Hoquiam.

1933

February 18 – “Buy American” week in Grays Harbor.

April 6 – Worst disaster in Grays Harbor history as gale traps trollermen; 200 put at peril/19 dead.

April 7 – Prohibition ends on the Harbor. Beer supply runs out at 15¢/bottle.

May 16 – U.S.S. Constitution arrives on the Harbor for a 9 day visit.

May 18 – Locomotive Old Betsy leaves for Chicago Worlds Fair. Renamed Minnetonka.

May 19 – Entire Aberdeen World issue devoted to Constitution.

May 25 – Storm keeps Constitution here an extra day.

May 26 – Constitution leaves Grays Harbor for Port Angeles. Over 60,000 visited the ship while it was here.

June 22 – Draught beer is legalized in Aberdeen.

1934

April 23 – Strange fossils found on Hoh river.

December 14 – Harbor Plywood develops “Super Harbord,” the first all-weather plywood.

1935

July 21- The historic Del Monte Hotel is destroyed by fire at the cost of 3 lives. (See 1883)

September 16 – Aberdeen founder Samuel Benn passes away at the age of 103.

1936

October 12 – Schooner Santian destroyed by fire at Aberdeen dock.

1937

April 23 – 102 timber plants in Grays Harbor County.

May 28 – Wonder Bread comes to Grays Harbor.

September 22 – Aberdeen World has daily accounts of President Franklin Roosevelt’s impending visit.

October 1 – President Franklin Roosevelt visits Grays Harbor.

November 2 – Rayonier Inc. formed by merger of Rainier, Grays Harbor and Olympic Forest Products mills.

December 29 – Hume Street changed to State Street to distance it from an infamous past.

1938

May 19 – First airmail to leave Grays Harbor.

June 29 – FDR signs Peninsula Park Bill creating Olympic National Park.

August 25 – Governor Martin opens three-day Aberdeen Golden Jubilee Celebration.

November 24 – Olympic Stadium dedicated.

November 26 – Fish ladder at Lake Aberdeen completed.

1940

January 16 – Grays Harbor PUD established.

March 1 – Fire destroys Aberdeen Plywood Company Mill; one dead, 400 out of work.

May 23 – Three waves of bombers fly overGrays Harbor.

June 20 – Polson’s Eureka Mill in Hoquiam burns.

October 22 – New American Plywood Plant has open house.

December 6 – Tug Tyee sinks.

Sea claims 82 year old North Cove Lighthouse