100 years ago from the Raymond Herald
May 7, 1915
Lusitania sunk by submarine
It is reported that telegraphic news reached the coast this morning of the sinking of the big steamship Lusitania, presumably by a German torpedo boat, but no definite particulars are available as we go to press. The Lusitania sailed from New York a few days ago for England.
Later the Lusitania was struck near Queenstown and was 12 hours sinking. All the passengers were safely removed before the boat went down.
Resume oil drilling soon
On official authority we learn that the Willapa Oil company of Raymond desires to resume work by drilling a new well in search for oil, which is expected to be found in a great body underneath this Willapa basin territory. Indications are too apparent to neglect. If successful issue is reached and oil be found in paying quantities, the shareholders of stock of the Willapa Oil company would reap tremendous profits, as returns on them would be divided up equally according to the amount of stock held by each individual.
50 years ago from the Raymond Herald
May 6, 1965
Miss Wildhaber to compete for dairy princess
Louise Wildhaber, 18-year-old daughter of Mrs. Harriet Wildhaber, will be Pacific County's candidate in the competition for Lewis-Pacific Dairy Princess when the annual contest is held May 8 in Centralia.
Mrs. Wildhaber is a graduate of Willapa Valley High School and is now a student at Grays Harbor College. She has lived her entire life on the family's dairy farm near Menlo.
Cabins at beach broken into
Sheriff's deputies are investigating the burglary of two cabins at Rhodesia Beach which occurred sometime within the last 10 days.
One cabin is owned by Jane Petra, Chehalis, and the other by Robert Petrie, of Winlock. Entry to the both places was accomplished by going through a window. It appeared that nothing in either cabin was taken.
Sheriff Herman Felber reports that a dog poisoner has been at work in the Heather Road district in Grayland, with six dogs having been killed there recently.
25 years ago from the Willapa Harbor Herald.
May 16, 1990
Raymond gets $500,000 for theatre renovations
Raymond officials learned Tuesday that the state has awarded the city a $500,000 grant to acquire and renovate the Raymond Theatre.
The building will be used as a community center as well as a theatre sealing 200 to 250 person, city Superintendent Rebecca Chaffee said.
Mrs. Chaffee and Mayor Marshall Briggs expressed their pleasure at winning the Department of Community Development funds.
Second blast got country's attention
Ten years ago this Friday Mt. St. Helen's erupted violently, killing more than 50 persons and making news all over the world. In Pacific County, however, the blast received scant attention as prevailing winds took the ash to the east.
It was a different story just one week later when the mountain exploded again and winds brought heavy ash fallout the Willapa area.