1940 – 1949

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

1941

January 16 – New Aberdeen plant to cut airplane spruce.

March 26 – 30-foot shark washes up at Copalis.

March 31 – Feds sieze Danish ship at Grays Harbor.

April 23 – Anti-aircraft guns tested in Grayland.

May 9 – 900 on Harbor join IWA strike.

May 27 – Public barred from Electric Park due to sabotage concerns.

May 27 – Moon Island Airport construction ahead of schedule.

June 12 – Gov. Langlie dedicates Clemons Tree Farm in Montesano.

July 17 – 70 forest fires on Harbor.

December 7 – Japan attacks Pearl Harbor – United States enters World War II.

November 14 – Moon Island Airport gets CAA approval.

1942

July 30 – Scenes for “Lassie Comes Home” begin filming at Lake Quinault.

1943

June 15 – Boeing plant to open on Grays Harbor.

December 25 – Landmark 325 year old Douglas-fir Quinault and DeKay Road felled.

1944

July 18 – S.S. Quinault, munitions victory ship, explodes in San Francisco Harbor.

1946

April 1 – 2,500 inoculated for smallpox in Grays Harbor.

November 12 – Westcoast Airlines DC-3 arrives at Moon Island Airport; previews passenger service.

1947

November 20 – Rayonier acquires Polson logging empire.

1948

May 27 – Harbor in turmoil as cities adopt Daylight Savings Time on different days.

October 30 – 200 lb. sturgeon caught in Chehalis River.

1949

January 14 – Largest Harbor train trestle, Bridge 15 on Clemons Logging line, demolished.

March 15 – Navy fighter plane crashes 3 miles north of Taholah.

March 16 – Television station KRSO-TV in Seattle regularly received in Grays Harbor.

April 6 – Parking meters now in use in downtown Aberdeen.

July 3 – Seven perish in La Fayette Hotel fire at corner of Market and H Street