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A crowd of about 200 people, including Lewis County pioneers, gathered at a banquet at the St. Helens Hotel in Chehalis on the evening of July 15, 1932, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The … more
R.M. Devin spoke to the Centralia Kiwanis Club at a luncheon on July 8, 1942, detailing his escape, with his family, from the Japanese. Devin, a Seattle businessman and missionary, was in Centralia … more
A Chehalis boy survived over 24 hours in the “wilds of western Lewis County,” treating himself for a severed artery. Chehalis resident Dick Mitchell, 17, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. … more
A 14-day bond drive had already been underway for two days on July 2, 1942, as Chehalis residents participated in the effort to raise funds to pay for a “medium tank” as part of the … more
“Dogs still were dogs in Centralia Wednesday,” The Chronicle reported on Thursday, June 25, 1952, adding the canines were menacing “vegetable and flower beds,” much to the … more
The Centralia Chamber of Commerce sponsored a tour of Centralia’s “welfare gardens” on June 17, 1932, for residents to come and inspect the facilities. The gardens were being used … more
Preparations were completed on Thursday, June 11, 1942, for the arrival of famed actress Lana Turner in Chehalis and Centralia. Turner, who would go on to receive an Academy Award nomination for best … more
Fifty-three Japanese Americans left the Chehalis Train Depot on Tuesday, June 2, 1942, on a train headed to Tule Lake, California, to be held in a “Japanese assembly center.” The 53 … more
The formerly named Chehalis High School — now W.F. West High School — embarked on its graduate programs for the week of May 27, 1942. The week-long graduation proceedings were set to … more
Liquor sales in Lewis County reached an aggregate of $801,608 in the reporting year of Oct. 1, 1950, to Sept. 30, 1951. The report came in as the 18th annual report conducted by the state’s … more
In 1952, the Pacific Highway was one of the state’s premier cross-regional thoroughfares, and it was set to expand further through Lewis County. “Two new contracts for work in … more
More than 1,000 Lewis County children and their friends of the furry variety participated in the annual Pet Parade put on by Centralia’s chamber of commerce in April 1932. The brainchild of … more
Initial preparations for the public registration for wartime sugar rationing in Lewis County were set for May 4-7, 1942, as disclosed by Centralian Reid R. Conrad, Lewis County rationing … more
Dee Delvin, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of negligent homicide in Lewis County Superior Court on April 15, 1952, after killing two women while driving drunk. The guilty plea saved Delvin an … more
A headline for an article in the April 9, 1932 edition of The Chronicle read: “Morton Boasting of Good Place to Find Excitement.” Yet the headline didn’t specify what kind of … more
As Centralia residents underwent the most extensive air raid drill yet to be attempted by the city during World War II, they were left with a big lemon of a performance. The drill ended in a … more
Centralia Defense Coordinator Lloyd B. Dysart touted Centralia’s defensive preparedness in case of a Japanese attack on the city during a March 1942 Kiwanis Club meeting. World War II was in … more
The draft lottery number 441, which belonged to Marvin Wayne Blue of the Centralia district and George Nelson of the Chehalis district, was the first number drawn in a statewide World War II draft … more
Toledo Mayor P.E. Ferrier was of the opinion that he’d had enough accidents in March 1932 to last quite a while. “The mayor, who has been hobbling about on crutches since he sprained … more
Bruce Smith, 19, admitted to his attempted extortion of his elderly neighbor for the amount of $75 after his arrest on March 4, 1932. Deputy Sheriffs Dave Mathes, J.D. Compton and A.E. Rowswell … more
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