100 years ago from the Raymond Herald
July 9, 1915
Bee King severely stung.
C.G. Wilford, the "Bee King" of Nallpee, nearly met death this week from being stung during his exhibitions at the carnival grounds, where he gave his famous "bath in bees" feature every evening.
Mr. Wilford's first trouble occurred on Monday night, when the bees resented his presence in the cage by stinging him when he attempted to handle them. When he realized that they were in a dangerous mood, Mr. Wilford left the cage as soon as possible without rousing them to greater anger, but received 28 stings before he could make his escape. The effects of the poison were so weakening that physicians worked with him several hours before he began to recover, and the word went out that he had died from the poison.
Death of Ilwaco pioneer.
Mrs. Ellen Huffman, wife of Dan Marham, Sr. of Ilwaco, died Tuesday morning after a lingering illness of several months duration. She was nearly 71 years of age.
Mr. and Mrs. Markham were married 49 years ago, just after the close of the Civil War. In 1879 they made the long journey over the Oregon trail, arriving in Walla Walla several months after the start. The family has lived in Ilwaco nearly 36 years.
50 years ago from the Raymond Herald
July 8, 1965
Fire in big chair caused by cigarette.
City firemen were called to the Harbor apartments on July 2 when a cigarette started a fire in an overstuffed chair. A water bucket served to douse the fire, though a smoke ejector had to be used to clear the building.
Firemen were summoned twice on July 4 to the downtown area when firecrackers were thrown into trash barrels, causing minor blazes.
Burglars hit two beach area places.
Burglars are still active in the beach area, according to reports to Pacific County Sheriff Herman Felber.
Thieves entered the Peninsula Bowl at Ilwaco on June 24, taking about $260 in cash and a quantity of cigarettes, candy and gum. Entry to the bowling alley was made by prying open a side door.
25 years ago from the Willapa Harbor Herald.
July 1, 1990
Car show added to loggers festival.
Polish up that roadster or pick up and drive it down to the first annual Raymond Cruise in, Sunday, August 5, at the Eighth Street park.
The show is part of Logger's Festival weekend and will be held in conjunction with the community picnic. It is the creation of car buff Landice Britney of Raymond.
Britney, a technician for U.S. West Communications, owns a Volkswagen bug and a Mustang which he will display at the show. Flyers on the event have been sent to cart clubs and Britney has personally notified his vehicle loving friends.
Getting there is half the fun for agile angler Fred Lovin.
"We'll be going down the hill about a thousand feet," Fred Lovin said to me as we got out of the car. I laughed, but nervously. Fred wasn't kidding. Maybe exaggerating a couple of hundred feet, but not kidding.
It was Saturday morning. Neighbor Fred and I were actually going to walk, slide or fall down this mountain deep in the Willapa hills so I could see one of his prized, secret fishing places. Then we were going to crawl, stumble and stagger back up the slope.
What, I wondered, was what I doing there with this 80 year old athlete who was acting like he had never had a triple bypass two years ago.