June 1, 1956 - "The third annual Ham Fest was held at the Methodist church camp grounds on Sunday. Amateur radio operators and their families gathered from all over the Northwest. Hosts and hostesses for the event were members of the local ham club, namely, Ed Chellis, W7YQA; Ray Stone, W7USL; Clyde Sayce, W7YJB; Lyle Clark W7RDR; Gene Taft, W7RDU; Pete Pederson, W7CXE; Dick Cadonau, W7TYB; and Mrs. Gladys Stone, W7ASV. Clam chowder, little neck clams, and coffee were served by the local hams. ... One hundred cars and over four hundred people attended."

June 8 - "Mayor Norman A. Howerton of Ilwaco received a wire from Sen. Warren G. Magnuson Wednesday informing Howerton that the senate appropriations sub-committee had that day approved a $70,000 appropriation to start operation on the new Ilwaco port basin."

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