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."

June 8 - "Peninsula's Old Bible contest sponsored by 'Crusade for Christ' evangelistic meetings being held in Long Beach Rine hall, came to a close Friday night May 25 with an award for the oldest Bible going to Mr. and Mrs. P. P. Peschall of Ocean Park. Publication date of the rare and ancient volume is 1766 and, according to the contest manager Duane M. Corwin, is the oldest Bible he has ever found ... The Bible was brought from Moravia by Mr. Peschall's father in 1853, then carried to Sandy, Oregon, in 1886 where it went through two forest fires unscathed ... The Bible was brought to Ocean Park in 1951."

Aug. 18 - "Around 250 sports fishing crafts were caught in a heavy fog off Columbia river bar Sunday and kept the Coast Guard very busy getting various ones back into port. By later afternoon, all had returned into the river."

Aug. 24 - "History is repeating itself, albacore tuna starting to show up off Oregon-Washington coast after an absence of around 15 years; 100 and 200 tuna fish catches have been reported by fishermen offshore, stating that the run really looks good 60 to 100 miles out. Tuna runs became heavy off this coast in the late 30s and early 40s, then like magic disappeared. It was thought change in ocean current brought the tuna and also took them away."

Nov. 30 - "One of the best ways to measure America's standard of living is in terms of how much people can buy in return for the hours they spent at work," stated Don Young, PUD community representative. ...

"For instance in 1931 the average wage earner worked 580 hours to buy a refrigerator. In 1956 he works only 168 hours to buy a modern refrigerator. In 1931 the average wage earner worked 40 minutes to buy a 100-watt bulb, while in 1956 he works only 7 minutes to buy a much brighter bulb. In Pacific county ... the average wage earner worked 29 hours to pay for his electric bill in 1931, while in 1956 he works only 3 hours for 500 kilowatt hours."

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.