1950 – 1959

1950

February 1 – Freezing weather snaps main Aberdeen water line.

February 2 – Wishkah River freezes over.

February 4 – Water emergency closes mills.

June 24 – New Heron Street Bridge dedicated.

August 17 – Robert Keys, 19, first Harborite killed in Korean War.

August 23 – New Robert Gray Elementary School ready to open.

1951

January 27 – Diesel engine now pulls Seattle-Grays Harbor passenger train.

January 29 – Fire sweeps Aberdeen’s Washington Fish plant.

January 30 – Fire kills 21 in Hoquiam resthome fire.

1952

October 6 – Safeway opens new store at L and Heron Streets in Aberdeen.

December 8 – Freighter Yorkmarruns aground at Point Brown. (Pulled free December 18)

1953

May 1 – Moon Island Airport renamed Bowerman Field.

August 19 – First concrete poured for Chehalis River Bridge.

May 20 – Dead 48-foot whale washes ashore at North Cove.

1954

May 28 – Dead 40-foot whale washes into Westport.

May 31 – Dying 40-foot whale beaches at Kalaloch.

1955

June 9 – Weyerhaeuser to build $20,000,000 pulp mill in Cosmopolis.

June 21 – 40 acres purchased in South Aberdeen as site for new Grays Harbor Community College.

1956

January 19 – G and H Streets become one-way at midnight.

January 21 – Six-foot prehistoric “tusk” found near Wig-Wam Inn in Hoquiam.

January 27 – Five million dollar Chehalis River Bridge dedicated by Governor Langley.

January 30 – First malfunction as Chehalis River Bridge is stuck in up position.

February 23 – Final passenger train (four cars) leaves Aberdeen.

1957

August 21 – Gov. Rosellini opens oil valve at Ocean City.

1958

April 24 – New Grays Harbor College dedicated.

July 3 – Aberdeen Daily World features history of Harbor trolley era.

1959

February 7 – 22 new Mercury vapor lamps lit on east Market street.

April 18 – Aberdeen & Hoquiam switch over to telephone dial service at 11:01 p.m.

August – Large razor clam die-off.

October 24 – Freighter Lipari runs aground at Grayland.

November 9/10 – Cranberry embargo by state & FDA for weed killer. (Ok’d Nov.24)

November 13 – 24-lane bowling alley opens in Aberdeen.

December 3 – New Grays Harbor Community Hospital dedicated.