County of Grays Harbor, State of Washington
It is said that “all roads pass through Grays Harbor.” It’s interesting to note how often a “Harbor” connection to some very notable person, or event, is encountered. Here are a few Harborites who have been very successful in various endeavors. From Nobel Laureates to world renowned rock musicians.
The list is of persons recognized nationally or universally. It’s impossible to list everyone, and this is only a sampling. Additionally, there are many Harborites who have received a great deal of regional notoriety. This is not intended to be a biography; rather, it is a list to remind people of the great minds grown and nurtured on Grays Harbor. I hope you find it enjoyable.
For convenience, the names are in alphabetical order. The list will be updated periodically. If you would like to suggest additional names, or have a correction, I’d love to hear from you.
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(Revised – January 03, 2021)
Orris E. Albertson
A leading authority on wastewater treatment. Has over 100 publications, 29 United States patents, and many innovations to improve water quality.
Awards and recognition for his work include the Samuel Arnold Greeley Award of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1996, and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Kappe Lecture Award in 1997, and the prestigious Thomas R. Camp Medal from the Water Environment Federation in 2008. — biography of Orris Albertson.
Raised in the East Hoquiam River Valley. Wishkah Valley High School, 1951. Masters Degree, Sanitary (Environmental) Engineering, University of Washington, 1957. Information from his sister, Bonnie Johannes.
Justice on the State of Washington Supreme Court 1194-2011. Served as Chief Justice 2000-2010. Retired 2011 do to the court’s age limit.
Born in Aberdeen.
Anderson Middleton Company
Delano Farms Company division is one of the largest producers of table grapes in North America.
The Red Cedar Vineyards division of Paso Robles, California is a large producer of wine grapes.
The company began producing its Clayhouse Vineyard wines in 2003, and in 2016 Vintage Wine Estates procured the distribution rights. Wine selection can be seen at www.clayhousewines.com.
A second winery, Cadaretta, was opened in Walla Walla, Washington in 2008. “Cadaretta is named for an Anderson Middleton lumber schooner that traveled the West Coast from Washington to California, during the first half of the 20th century.” — www.cadaretta.com. Information provided by Rick Middleton.
Anderson & Middleton Company was founded in 1898 in Aberdeen.
ITT Rayonier, Inc., President 1970-1973 , and CEO 1973-1980. Moved up to ITT, and was an ITT Executive Vice President from 1981-1987.
Raised and educated in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1946.
Jim “Jimmie” Anderson
Head basketball coach for the Oregon State University Beavers from 1990 to 1995. In 1990, the Beaverswere 22-7 and tied for the Pac-10 Championship. He was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year and District Coach of the Year (by the National Association of Basketball Coaches).
Was assistant basketball coach from 1965 to 1989. The Beaverswon five Pac-10/Pac-8 titles while he was assistant (1966, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984). — Sports Information Office, Oregon State University.
Inducted in Oregon State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015. Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor inductee 2015-2016.
Raised and educated in Hoquiam. Saint Mary School (Hoquiam), Hoquiam High School, 1956.
Robert Arthaud (stage name: Robert Arthur)
Hollywood actor 1944-1959. Starred, or was featured, in 38 motion pictures and over 600 television shows. — biography The Films of Robert Arthur.
In an interview with Robert, I couldn’t keep from asking about the rumor he had taken a bubble bath with Norma Jean Baker (aka Marilyn Monroe). He answered, “When we were young actors, we lived near each other. One evening we drank a little too much and decided to take a bubble bath.”
Born, raised , educated, and died in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1943.
Gertrude E. Backstrom
One of the best summaries of Gertrude’s shooting skills appeared in a 1959 series on “Shooting Champions” in The American Rifleman. The article starts “Mrs. Gertrude E. Backstrom, 46, housewife and mother, is the outstanding woman in pistol shooting today.” She was the National Womens Outdoor Pistol Champion from 1955 to 1959. In addition, she had been the National Womens Indoor Pistol Champion from 1952 to 1959. According to The American Rifleman, at the time she held 17 of 30 recognized National Women’s Pistol records.
In the February 2000 edition of Shooting Sports USA, a Publication of the National Rifle Association, the featured article was titled “50 Great Competitive Shooters of the 20th Century.” The article credited Gertrude with providing “for women’s pistol shooting what almost nobody else has done: she beat men.” They speak of her appearing in archival photos as a “typical 1950s era housewife pictured in a gingham dress, with a sweater for a shawl.” She won an “unprecedented, four consecutive Women’s National Pistol Championships from 1955 through 1958.”
She also won the center-fire rapid-fire phase of the 1958 National Matches where she competed against men. Shooting Sports USA said “her finest moment occurred at the National Matches in 1957.” Of course she won the women’s title, but “she also laid claim to the overall civilian title, the first and only woman to obtain that honor in NRA’s competitive pistol history.”
Information provided by Dick Moulton and the Backstrom family.
Born, raised and educated in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1929.
When competing she lived in Hoquiam, and her husband operated Sommerville Pharmacy in Hoquiam.
Inventor and developer of medical ultrasound devices. “Baker, armed with an insatiable curiosity, ravenous desire to learn, and problem solving smarts he learned as a kid, turned his assignment into a lifetime quest that revolutionized the field of medicine, by refining ultrasound into the most vital, cost effective, diagnostic tool available today.”
“In recognition of his accomplishment, the University of Washington and the UW Alumni Association have bestowed upon Baker their highest honor: The 2002 Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award.” — Columns, University of Washington Alumni Magazine, June 2002.
His early inventions are on permanent display in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.
Spent early years on a farm in Rochester, until family moved to Baleville, near Raymond. Raymond High School, 1950. Pre-engineering Grays Harbor College, 1951. Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, 1960. Deceased in 2018.
Eldon A. Bargewell
Major General, US Army, deceased.
In 1981, joined Delta Force, US Army counter-terrorism and hostage-rescue unit, founded 1977. Fayetteville Online, April 5, 2001.
Commanded elements of Delta Force over a 15 year period, finishing as overall Commander of Delta Force in 1998.
Leader, Delta force missions in 1989 Panama Invasion, and 1991 Persian Gulf War. “in 1998 he took command of Special Forces in Europe, overseeing activities in Kosovo and Bosnia.” — Washington Post, June 16, 2006.
Promoted to Major General by President George W. Bush, 2001. According to Eldon, his last job in the Army was as the Director of Combat Operations in Iraq. At the time of his retirement in 2007, he was the most highly decorated member of all US armed forces currently on active duty. Inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment, April 5, 2012.
General Bargewell credited much of his success to growing up on the Harbor. “ Hoquiam and Aberdeen may not be the center of the universe for business and entertainment, but it is a place where you can rise to success if you have the motivation.” — The Daily World, March 13, 2006.
Died April 29, 2019, in a lawnmower accident at his home in Eufaula, AL.
Born, raised and educated in Hoquiam. Hoquiam High School, 1965.
Gregory P. Barlow
Major General, US Army, deceased.
Served as Adjutant General for the State of Washington, commanding the Army and Air National Guard from 1989 through 1999. While serving in the US Army, his major awards and declarations included the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leal Cluster) and Purple Heart.
Lived his retirement years in Ocean Shores. Deceased in 2013.
Wendy Hagen Bauer
Universally recognized astrophysicist. Tenured professor, Wellesley College. — archives of Bob Preble.
Has investigated binary star systems, currently working with data from the Hubble Space Telescope under a research grant from NASA’s Space Telescope Institute. — biography Wellesley College.
Born, raised and educated in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1967.
“During the administration of President Harry Truman, Bendetsen served as Acting Deputy to the first Secretary of Defense (Mr. Forrestal). From 1949 through 1952, he served successfully as The Asst. Secretary of Army, and Under Secretary of the Army.”
Also served “as Director General of US Railroads,” and was appointed by President Truman “as the first Chairman of the Panama Canal Company.” — Jerry Ness, “Oral History Interviews with Karl R. Bendetsen,” Truman Presidential Museum and Library, October 24, 1972, November 9, 1972, November 21, 1972.
In 1942, held the more dubious role of Commander of Wartime Civil Control Administration, which directed the evacuation and relocation of persons of Japanese ancestry.
Former CEO, Champion Paper and Fiber Company, 1967-1973.
For more on his life, read The Colonel and the Pacifist, by Klancy Clark de Nevers (Weatherwax 1951).
Born, raised and educated in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1925.
Defensive linebacker with BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL) 2011-2016, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2018-2019. – www.cfl.ca
Defensive linebacker with New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL) 2017. – www.nfl.com
CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award, 2015 and 2018. CFL All-Star Team 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. Highest paid defensive player in the CFL, 2018.
Born and raised in Montesano. Montesano High School, 2007.
Offensive Lineman and “Long Snapper” with the New York Jets. Seven year NFL veteran. — from Rick Anderson, The Daily World.
Born and raised in North River. Weatherwax High School, 1976.
E. K. “Ned” and Lillian Fleet Bishop
Aberdeen philanthropists who left their fortune to the E. K. and Lillian Bishop Foundation. Since 1972, the foundation has contributed over $52,000,000 in grants and scholarships. Most have been for projects and students in Grays Harbor County.
Endowments funded by the foundation have a combined initial value of $11,000,000 to provide future scholarships. — information provided by Jim Mason, E. K. and Lillian Bishop Foundation Board Member.
Bishop Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Grays Harbor College, was constructed in honor of Mr. And Mrs. Bishop, and funded by a contribution from Rueben Fleet, plus an E. K. and Lillian Bishop Foundation endowment for maintenance and programming. Lillian Fleet Bishop and her brother Rueben Fleet gifted Fleet Park to the city of Montesano in August 1946. — The Vidette, August 29, 1946
Much of the Bishop Family wealth is felt to have come from their initial investment as co-owners of Consolidated Aircraft, founded by Lillian’s brother Rueben Fleet. — Rueben Fleet and The Story of Consolidated Aircraft.
Lillian was born, raised and educated in Montesano.
Kenneth G. Bixler
Captain, US Navy, retired. Former Commander of U. S. Navy Command College, Newport, Rhode Island. — archives of Bob Preble.
Born, raised and educated in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1963.
“Boeing, who had studied engineering at Yale until quitting in 1903, opened up a profitable lumber business (Greenwood Logging Company) in Hoquiam when he was 22. While Boeing made his first fortune with lumber, he had, as history knows, a side interest in a new kind of machine called the airplane.” — “Four Men Who Shaped the Seattle Century,” Seattle Times, December 29, 1999.
Founded the Boeing Airplane Company in 1916.
My grandfather, Jerry A. McGillicuddy, Jr., was William Boeing’s General Manager of Greenwood Logging Company, and Timber Manager for Boeing Company.
Assistant Chief Designer for America’s first intercontinental ballistic missile, the Atlas Rocket. Former President, Convair Division, General Dynamics. Assistant Secretary of Navy under President Nixon. — archives of Bob Preble.
Raised and educated in Aberdeen. Valedictorian, Weatherwax High School, 1938.
CEO, U. S. Plywood Corporation, and CEO, Champion – US Plywood Corporation, 1957-1969. CEO, Southwest Forest Industries, Inc., 1969-1975.
First president of National Institute of Building Sciences.
Born in Satsop, raised and educated in Montesano. Montesano High School, 1929. Buried in Satsop Cemetery, 2004.
Gail Brown, aka Gail Quigg
Internationally renowned author of serging, sewing and home decoration publications—now retired.
Several of her titles are still being sold, and can be found at book and fabric stores, or by searching Gail Brown, sewing (or serging) through any Internet browser.
Resides in Hoquiam.
World-renowned choreographer and one of the most celebrated people in modern dance. 1991 recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. Honored as Distinguished Alumnus of Mills College. — archives of Bob Preble.
Featured personality in Wise Women — A Celebration of Their Insights, Courage and Beauty by Joyce Tenneson, as “the first female choreographer to win the MacArthur Foundation’s `genius’ award.”
2002 recipient of National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush for her “extraordinary contributions to the creation, support and growth of the arts in America.” — The Daily World, April 4, 2003.
For more on Trisha Brown see www.trishabrowncompany.org.
Born, raised and educated in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1954. Deceased in 2017, and in accordance with her last wishes, Trishes ashes were scattered in the Humptulips River in northern Grays Harbor County.
Walter E. Brown
“He was recognized universally for his contributions to the crystallography, chemistry, and biochemistry of calcium phosphate compounds.” “His pioneering studies of the physicochemical properties of mineralized tissues, such as teeth and bone, provided the foundation for much of the modern research on diseases such as dental caries, osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis, and in the topical fluoride treatments for teeth.”— John Tesk and Ronald Munro, Dental Research at the National Bureau of Standards.
Developed and patented Enamelon toothpaste.
Director from 1967 to 1983 of the American Dental Association Health Foundation at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (formerly National Bureau of Standards).
His estate funded the Walter E. Brown Scholarship and the Three Sisters Garden at Grays Harbor College. — information provided by his cousin, Harold Bergstrom, Aberdeen.
Raised and educated in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1936. Grays Harbor College, 1938. Bachelor and Master of Chemistry, University of Washington. Doctorate in Chemistry, Harvard, 1949.
NFL player. All-American Tight End for the University of Washington Football Huskies.
Starting Tight End for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1995 to 2002, and the Houston Texans 2003 to 2010. — Rick Anderson, The Daily World.
Born, raised and educated in Aberdeen. Saint Mary School, 1979-1987, Weatherwax High School, 1991.
Award-winning author of over 30 books including biographies of Kurt Cobain, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and John Lennon. Other books have been on the crew and passengers of the Titanic, and the plight of the Lost Boys of the Sudan.
He has received multiple honors form the New York Public Library. In 2012 the NAACP awarded him its highest literary honor, The Image Award, at a nationally televised event for his biography on famed Olympic athlete Jesse Owens. The previous year, his biography on Malcolm X was nominated, finishing in top five behind the winner former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Grand Marshall for the Founders Day Parade, Aberdeen.
Began writing career with The Willapa Harbor Herald , from 1997-2006 was the Arts and Entertainment Editor of The Daily World
Born, raised and educated in Aberdeen.
Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, 1945.
Former President, Medal of Honor Society. He was the youngest member of the US Navy to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor in WW II,
Featured personality in Tom Brokaw’s best selling book, The Greatest Generation.
Born, raised and educated in South Bend. Lived much of his business life in Elma and Aberdeen. Buried in Menlo, Washington in 2005.
Cable Television Systems development
The first cable television system in the U. S. was in Astoria, Oregon in 1948. Around 1950, a system was developed in Aberdeen by Homer Bergen, Fred Goddard, Bob McCaw and Elroy McCaw.
The group began developing systems throughout the Northwest, establishing 50/50 partnerships with local owners, including Astoria, and formed Pacific Northwest Community TV.
Systems were developed in Washington, Oregon, Northern California, and Manhattan Island. Some systems were sold off, but most became Tele-Vue Systems.
In 1968, Tele-Vue was sold to CBS. In 1970, the Federal Commun-ications Commission required CBS to divest the cable systems, and Viacom was formed. — “Charles E. Clements, An Oral History.” The Cable Center, Oral Histories.
Fred Goddard’s son, John Goddard, served in management of Tele-Vue, Cable Division of CBS, and Viacom Cable. Was CEO of Viacom Cable from 1980 to 1996. — The Cable Center, www.CableCenter.org.
Considered the most innovative sculptor of the 20th Century.
June 1922: “Calder takes a lumber schooner to Willapa Harbor, Washington, where he catches the bus for Aberdeen and meets his sister Peggy and her husband, Kenneth Hayes. Calder finds a job as a timekeeper at a logging camp in Independence, Washington (near Oakville). Inspired by mountain scenes and logging camps, Calder is compelled to paint.” — Calder 1966, 57-58.
In his “Oral History Interview With Alexander Calder at Perls Gallery” for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, October 26, 1971, Interviewer Paul Cummings, Calder commented “Well I had about four years in a logging camp in Washington State.”
Often visited his sister Peggy Calder Hayes, in Aberdeen.
Russell “Rusty” Callow
Renowned intercollegiate rowing coach for Washington, Pennsylvania, and Navy, and considered to be one of the best rowing coaches of all time. George Pocock, most respected builder of rowing shells of all time said in his book Ready All!: “Rusty Callow had a rare ability to retain the respect of his crews and maintain the rigorous discipline needed for a successful team effort without killing their spirit; rather, he raised it. I know it’s an overworked term, but Rusty Callow was in truth a real leader of men if ever there was one.” – Washington Rowing, with history content by Eric Cohen.
Callow rowed for Washington 1914 to 1915; coached Washington, 1922 to 1927; coached Pennsylvania, 1928 to 1949; and coached Navy 1950 to 1959. After graduation from Washington “…he went back to the woods as a logger operator in partnership with a brother, and did not dream of another life.” – Sports Illustrated, “Mr. Rowing”, by Paul O’Neil, June 5, 1955. At the time he was a partner with his brother A. W. Callow and Frank Lamb in Carlson Logging Company and Wynooche Timber Company, located in Hoquiam and Montesano. – Washington West of the Cascades, Volume II. In 1922 he took the job as rowing coach for Washington.
At Navy his teams had a record of 31 straight victories, and the Olympic Gold Medal in 1952. Ironically, his 1936 crew at Pennsylvania lost the final race for the Olympic tryouts to the Washington crew, coxswained by Bob Moch of Montesano, that went on to win the 1936 Olympic Gold Medal in Berlin. – The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown.
Born in Kamilche, 1890. Lived in Montesano and Hoquiam, 1915- 1922.
Novelist. Author of Laugh and Lie Down and The Land of Plenty.
In On the Harbor, John Hughes and Ryan Beckwith write, that in “1935 – Cantwell takes a job as literary editor at Time magazine, becoming one of its top writers. 1956 – Cantwell joins Sports Illustrated, where he eventually becomes senior editor.”
Raised and educated in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1924. Was on the staff of the school newspaper, Ocean Breeze.
Casa Mia Pizza
Three time award winner at the International Pizza Expo.
Three Cheese Chicken Pizza, 1996 Top Pizza Festival Honor. Pizza Sole, 1998 Vegetarian Pizza of the Year. Potato Gorgonzola Truffle Pizza, 2003 Vege-tarian Pizza of the Year.
Casa Mia Pizza Restaurant was founded in 1952 in Hoquiam by Phil Bellafato, and is currently owned and operated by the Roger Jump family, and the Bob and Sue Knudson family.
The business has several franchised restaurants in Washington state.
“Accomplished sculptor Rip Caswell is popular with private and corporate collectors worldwide. He has created more than 200 sculptures of various subjects in both contemporary and realistic styles. Considered an authority in wildlife art, he is often sought after to judge competitions and present seminars. Several art galleries, publications and television broadcasts have also featured his works.” — www.caswellgallery.com. Information provided by Karen McDonald Smith.
Sculptor of several prominent bronze statues including Admiral Nimitz in Pearl Harbor, the Ascension in Ascension Cemetery in Kansas City, and Bill Walton in San Diego. Several college mascot bronze statues including The Oregon Duckat the University of Oregon, Benny Beaver at Oregon State University, and Sparty at Michigan State University.
Works from his gallery in Troutdale, Oregon.
Raised and educated in Montesano. Montesano High School, 1981.
Dean of Engineering, University of Washington, 1976 to 1982, and Seattle University 1990 to 1992.
Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus, University of Washington. Over 100 publications on environmental management and control. — www.washington.edu.
Born, raised and educated in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School 1943. Grays Harbor College 1947. University of Washington 1950. City of Aberdeen water engineer 1951-1955. PhD University of Washington 1960.
Neil “Buzz” Carnes
Captain, US Navy, retired. US Naval Academy graduate, Nuclear Submarine Commander, CEO of numerous nuclear power plants in the eastern United States. — archives of Bob Preble.
Born, raised and educated in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1957.
Considered one of the leading dry point etching artists in the world. “Published several books containing etchings, pen and ink, and watercolors, as well as graphic arts and illustrations. Frequently contributed to Gourmet Magazine and created Clementine in the Kitchen, the first book to popularize Country French (sic) cooking in the United States.” — www.childsgallery.com.
Four Chamberlain etchings are displayed in the Aberdeen Timberland Library.
Raised and educated in Aberdeen.
Nationally renowned trainer of world recognized boxers.
Trainer for Pete Rademacher in his Olympic Gold Medal victory in 1956, and Boxing Heavyweight Title Match with Floyd Patterson in 1957. Managed Harry “Kid” Matthews, Eddie Cotton, Greg Haugen, John Palaki and other boxing contenders.
“Moved to Hoquiam with his family when he was a year old. He attended school in Montesano before settling in Aberdeen.” Died November 15, 2002. “A high school dropout, Chemeres moved to Seattle and fought on the Northwest club circuit for several years. But later found his true calling as a trainer and manager.” — obituary, The Daily World, November 15, 2002.
Weatherwax High School, circa 1931. Buried in Fern Hill Cemetery, 2002\
Nationally acclaimed murder mystery novelist and speaker at mystery and writer conventions. Has 33 published novels.
See more on her work at www.megchittenden.com.
Worked from her home in Ocean Shores from 1988, to her death in 2016.
Ark G. Chin
Appointed to Board of Regents, University of Washington, for the term of 1998 to 2003. “Retired CEO and President of Kramer, Chin and Mayo, Inc., a Seattle engineering firm with clients world-wide.” — press release, Office of Governor Gary Locke. 2001-2002 President of the Board of Regents.
He and his wife opened a 100-bed orphanage in China in the fall of 2002. — The Fountain, University of Washington Alumni Association Newsletter, Fall 2002.
Raised and educated in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1943.
Thomas R. Clark
Retired from US Army in 1968 to take a position as a senior executive at the Atomic Energy Commission.
“Served many positions including Director of Weapons Development and Assistant Director of Military Applications. Played key rolls in the nuclear weapons development and production.” — obituary, French Mortuary. Information provided by Jack Bastin.
Born, raised and educated in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1943.
Clemons Tree Farm
First tree farm in the United States. The idea was conceived by Frank Lamb and George Weyerhaeuser, and the term “tree farm” was popularized by Chapin Collins, Publisher of the Montesano Vidette.
Chapin Collins served as Port of Grays Harbor Commissioner from 1952-1971. Deceased and buried in Wynooche Cemetery, April 1972.
Registered nurse in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Author of book entitled When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens (currently in 4th printing).
Recipient of the Green Ribbon Award in 1999, from the National Mental Health Association for “Excellence in Childhood Education.”
Cousin of Kurt Cobain. Her website is www.LivingMatters.com. — information from Karen Rose.
Educated in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1958.
Songwriter and lead singer for the musical group Nirvana. Revolutionized rock music in 1992, with what came to be known as “grunge music.”
“Clearly, he was the most famous person in the history of Aberdeen, Washington.” “Dead at 27: What a waste,” — The Daily World, April 10, 1994.
“Nevermind — an album that would sell more that 10 million copies, and revolutionize rock and roll.” — cover story, “Cries From the Heart”, by Lorraine Ali, Newsweek Magazine, October 28, 2002.
Nirvana and its members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 .
Born in Aberdeen. Raised and educated in Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Cosmopolis and Montesano.
Named in 2004 to host of the nationally broadcast daily sports radio talk show called “The Herd,” on ESPN Radio, beginning March 29, 2004. Heard locally on KWOK Radio, AM 1490. — The Daily World, March 7, 2004. Also appears for ESPN on XM Radio.
Named 2005 Sports Illustrated Radio Personality of the Year. — www.ESPNradio.com.
Joined Fox Sport in 2015, eventually hosting “The Herd” on Fox Sports Radio, and Fox Sports 1 television. In 2013, Cowherd’s first book, “You HERD Me!” was a New York Times bestseller, spending five weeks on the list in hardcover. – www.FoxSports.com.
Raised in Grayland and educated in Ocosta. Ocosta High School, 1982.
Phyllis “P. J.” Curtiss
She was named “Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America” in 1975, and has received various other honors throughout her career.
“Her 31 year teaching and coaching career began in the Raymond School District. She also taught at Alexander Young Elementary in Aberdeen for 14 years, Aberdeen High School, Grant Street Elementary in Port Townsend, and McDermoth Elementary, Aberdeen, where she retired in 1991.” — The Daily World, February 2, 2002.
Bryan Danielson, aka “American Dragon” and Daniel Bryan
Professional wrestler. Fromerly competed with Ring of Honor and Pro Wrestling Noah (Japan), Full Impact Pro, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Known as the “American Dragon” Held titles in all the promotions. — information provided by Bryan Danielson.
In World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Bryan held the WWE Championship three times and WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship once (2011), in addition to being a one-time United States Champion, a one-time Intercontinental Champion and a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion as part of “Team Hell No” (with Kane). He was also the 2011 SmackDown Money in the Bank winner, the 2013 Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner and the SmackDown General Manager from July 2016 to April 2018. Bryan is the 26th Triple Crown Champion and the 6th Grand Slam Champion in WWE history and headlined several major pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania XXX. – www.imdb.com
Born, raised and occasionally resides in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School 1999.
Richard D. Daugherty
Archeologist at Washington State University. “his scholarly contributions forms a major base of today’s knowledge on ancient Northwesterners has been built.” — “Richard Daugherty: He’s Dug Up Our Past.” by Ruth Kirk, Seattle Times, March 23, 1980.
“Leading expert on early civilizations in the region.” Aberdeen Daily World, October 22, 1978.
“Marmes Man” and “Ozette Village” were discovered in his “digs.
“In 1977, Daugherty, with co-investigator Carl Gustafson, made another discovery that turned the clock back yet again on human history in the New World, At a site near Sequim, Wash., they identified a hand-made projectile point in a mastodon bone that was dated at 13,800 years old. – Los Angeles Times, Thomas H Maugh II, March 2, 2014.
Born and raised in Aberdeen, Weatherwax Hogh School 1940. Deceased 2014.
Writer and publisher of classical opera and concerto music. Currently has the rights to write music to the poem Letters to Wendy, written by Joe Winderoth. Has been asked to write an opera called The Metamorphosis based on an “off Broadway” play and the book The Metamorphosis, written by Franz Kafka.
In February 2005, his piece For Viola and Turntables was presented at the Cambridge University Symposium in New Music in Cambridge, England.
His piece Boulez is Dead was performed by the Analog Art Ensemble in Omaha, Nebraska in September 2004. Currently writing an opera for presentation by the Portland Opera (Oregon) in 2011.
Studied at Peabody Conservatory of Music, 2000-2001. Masters in Composition, Johns Hopkins University. — information from Reece and his mother, Renie Dano.
Born and educated in Hoquiam. Hoquiam High School, 1995.
Joe De La Cruz
“Considered one of the greatest Indian leaders who ever lived in the United States.” — course outline, The Evergreen State College.
Served 22 years as Chairman of the Quinault Indian Nation. National spokesman for Native Americans. Served as President of the National Tribal Chairman’s Association, and two terms as President of the National Congress of American Indians.
Not long after his death, the memory of DeLaCruz was honored when the Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute at Evergreen State College established the Joe DelaCruz Center for Advanced Studies in Tribal Government “to focus its research and educational programs on tribal governance on the ideas and work of The Honorable Joe DelaCruz.” – www.historylink.org, Essay by John Caldbick, July 17, 2011
Raised in Tahola, and resided in Tahola, Moclips and Hoquiam. Deceased in 2000.
Barbara DeLateur, M.D., M.S.
Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University. Professor, and Lawrence Cardinal Shehan Chair. “She has more than 140 publications and is currently the principal investigator for a National Institutes of Health research study, concerning the management of pain in persons with physical disabilities.”
“DeLateur is the third physiatrist* elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (sic). 1998 she received the Distinguished Academician Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists.” — Johns Hopkins website.
Born, raised and educated in Hoquiam. Saint Mary School (Hoquiam), 1942-1950. Hoquiam High School, 1954.
* Note– “Physiatrist” is a physician specializing in physical medicine — Webster’s Dictionary.
Klancy Clark deNevers
Author of The Colonel and the Pacifist. “Brilliantly explores the conflicted lives of two Aberdonians during World War II.— US Army Col. Karl Bendetsen, grandson of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants , and Perry Saito, son of Japanese immigrants.” — John Hughes, The Daily World, April 2004.
Aberdeen native, Weatherwax High School, 1951. Currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Aka “Rod the Rifle,” was “another star guard at Seattle University who went on to play in the NBA for the Seattle Sonics. Specialized in long range sharp shooting, thus the name.” — A Seattle Lexicon, www.callihan.com.
10th round NBA draft pick in 1974 for Seattle. Played two years with Sonics before a knee injury ended his career.
Elma High School, 1970.
In June 2020, was named CEO of Play It Again Music’s publishing, label and management operations, owned by award winning song writer Dallas Davidson. In 2020, was elected to a two year term on the board of directors of the Academy of County Music. Also serves on the boards of ACM Lifting Lives, Country Radio Broadcasters, and the Gospel Music Association.
He has held “…prominent programming and management positions at a variety of high-profile County stations throughout the years, as well as serving on the National Programming Platform team for Clear Channel, and eventually iHeart Radio. Upon moving to Nashville (in 2011), he worked as Manager/Regional Promotion of Sony Music Entertainment (Arista Records)…” Before joining Play It Again “…he led a multi-genre roster as Senior Vice President of Curb World Entertainment.” — www.playitagainpublishing.com.
In 2001 he began his radio career, at age 16, as an intern for KXRO in Aberdeen, and later as a full-time broadcaster.
Raised and educated in Hoquiam, Hoquiam High School class of 2001.
William “Bill” Donahoe
2002 Top Salesperson Award for the National Association of Realtors. Associated with Coldwell Banker Bain, Builder Services Group, Bellevue, Washington. — Realtor Magazine, September 2002.
Began his real estate career in 1967 with his father’s real estate company, R. M. Donahoe Real Estate, in Ocean City, north of Ocean Shores.
Attended Grays Harbor College.
Lane “Lanny” Dowell
Track and Field Official. “One of the premier field officials in the nation.” Lead hammer official at the 2000 and 2004 US Olympic Trials.
“Field official for the World Veteran Championships — an event for athletes older than 40 — South Africa in 1997 and Australia in 2001.” — Bremerton Sun, May 2004.Recipient of the Horace Crow Award as the Distinguished Field Event Official in the USA for 2005. — US Track and Field.
Born, raised and educated in Hoquiam. Hoquiam High School, 1960.
Sir Francis Drake
Many believe Sir Francis Drake visited the Pacific Northwest coast during his voyage from 1577 to 1580, and was the first European to enter Grays Harbor in the year 1579.
“Just south of Cape Flattery, is a Makah native village called Ozette, which was buried by a massive mudslide in about 1600. It was excavated by archeologists in the 1970s, and a European bead and brass tacks were among the items found. It is possible that the bead came from Drake’s ship; certainly the other possibilities seem relatively remote.”
“In 1647, Sir Robert Dudley produced an atlas, Dell’Arcano del Mare, which was published in Florence. Some of the coastal features on the map of the northwestern coast of America have been compared to modern coastal features, specifically Cape Flattery, Grays Harbor, and the entrance to the Columbia River.” Dudley’s father was one of Drake’s financial backers and in a position to have had direct information from Drake. — Derek Hayes, Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest, 1999.
Resided in Grays Harbor, 1579. (As for me, I’m a believer.)
Aberdeen Elks Band
“The band played at the Elks National Convention in Chicago in 1973, and wowed the crowd.” — The Daily World.
From 1973 through the mid-2000’s, served as the Elks National Band, performing at the annual Elks National Conventions.
Russ and Diane Ellison
Many times World Champion Log Rollers. At the World Championships in 1961, Russ and Diane “not only won the Trick and Fancy Division, Russ won the Old Timer Title (over 45 years), Diane won the Women’s World Championship, and Russ’s successful birling protégé, Blair Acker was a runner-up in the Men’s Division.” — Reach for the Sky.
Father and Daughter. Both born, raised and educated in Aberdeen.
Matthew Harris Ellsworth
United States Congressman from Oregon 1943-1957. “Appointed by President Eisenhower as Chairman of the Civil Service Commission 1957-1959.” — Biographical Directory of the United State Congress.
Born in Hoquiam, September 17, 1899.
H. Stuart Elway
One of the western United States’ most respected pollsters. Elway is a Ph.D. and heads Elway Research. — The Daily World, August 29, 2002.
Born, raised and educated in Hoquiam. Hoquiam High School, 1966.
College head football coach — Grays Harbor College, California State at Northridge, San Jose State, Stanford University. Father of John Elway.
Born, raised and educated in Hoquiam. Hoquiam High School, 1949. Bachelor Degree and Master Degree, Washington State College.
NCAA and NFL football star, and 2004 Professional Football Hall of Fame inductee.
Both his parents were born and raised in Hoquiam.
John lived in Central Park (Aberdeen suburb) as a youngster, and attended kindergarten at Central Park Elementary — information provided by his aunt, Barbara Elway Rottle.
Occasionally returns to the Harbor for family events.
U. S. Olympic fencer who became known as “Hollywood’s Swashbuckler to the Stars,” after staging a spectacular fencing duel for Prisoner of Zenda (1937), starring Ronald Colman and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. For four decades he staged the swordfights for movies like: The Thief of Baghdad (1940), The Court Jester (1956), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), and Clash of the Titans (1980).— Les Hammer, Swashbuckler to the Stars.
Moved to Aberdeen in 1907, Weatherwax High School, 1911.
Airplane industry pioneer. “In 1918, commanded the unit that flew the inaugural load of US Air Mail from New York to Washington D. C.” In 1923, he “founded Consolidated Aircraft in Buffalo, New York. He decided in 1935 to relocate to San Diego.”
Consolidated Aircraft was the parent of Convair, later a division of General Dynamics Corp. General Dynamics Aerospace Group includes Gulfstream Aerospace which designs and builds the world’s most technologically advanced business jet aircraft — San Diego Biographies, San Diego Historical Society.
The Bishop Center for Performing Arts in Aberdeen was constructed in honor of E. K. and Lillian Fleet Bishop, and initially funded by a contribution from Rueben Fleet.
Rueben Fleet and his sister Lillian Fleet Bishop gifted Fleet Park to the city of Montesano in August 1946. — The Vidette.
Born, raised and educated in Montesano.
The “Bear Man” was known for his “encyclopedic knowledge and understanding of the American Black Bear.” Best known for his work in bear damage control. He wrote three books on bear hunting and bear damage control.
“His career as an animal damage control specialist spanned fifty years, taking bear damage control technology from leg-hold traps and hound hunting to a sophisticated damage identification system and targeted feeding program that nearly halted tree damage in targeted areas without lethal removal. The program is a model of forest and wildlife management, admired and studied worldwide by forest and wildlife managers.” —obituary, www.forestry.org, Washington State Society of American Foresters. Information provided by his wife, Velma Flowers.
Came to Grays Harbor in 1946 upon discharge from the Army. Lived in Aberdeen.
Recipient of 2001 Design Award for Excellence, National Concrete Masonry Association, for design of his personal residence in Montesano. — The Daily World.
Partner at Street, Lundgren & Foster Architects and Planning Consultants, Montesano. Currently resides in Montesano.
World-renowned photographer, famous for his use of shadows.
1990 recipient of a John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Fellowship.
“Lee Friedlander is widely acknowledged as a master of American photography.” “His first paid job was a Christmas card for a madam in his home town of Aberdeen, a lumber mill town on the Pacific coast in Washington. Her name was Peggy Plus: the picture was of her dog.” — essay in catalog for Exhibition, Like a One Eyed Cat, a retrospective of the photography of Lee Friedlander, 1988-1991.
Recipient of the 2004 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. (Sweden)
His photographs have shown in many famous museums, and was featured for the month of June 2005 at the Museum of Modern Art (New York).
Friedlander is “hailed as one of the masters of twentieth-century American photography. — ”National Gallery of Art , 2001
“… Friedlander is one of the most important America artists of any kind since World War II.” — Time Magazine, June 5, 2005
Born, raised and educated in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1952.
Former CEO of Kaiser Jeep Corporation, and Kaiser Industries Corporation. Founder of Girard Winery, Napa Valley, California. — obituary, The Daily World, November 28, 2004.
Born, raised and educated in Hoquiam. Hoquiam High School, 1933.
Began his cable televison industry career in Aberdeen. Served in management of Tele-Vue, Cable Division of CBS, and Viacom Cable. Was CEO of Viacom Cable from 1980 to 1996. — The Cable Center, www.CableCenter.org.
2004 inductee to the Cable Television Hall of Fame.
Born, raised and educated in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1959.
Founder and lead attorney of her own law firm in New York City, specializing in the field of victim’s rights, particularly in revenge porn, and online abuse. “C. A. Goldberg, PLLC exists to stop a–holes, psychos, pervs, and trolls from destroying the lives of their targets. It’s our mission to get justice for our clients and restore their safety and privacy.” www.cagoldberglaw.com.
“Carrie Goldberg is a pioneer in the field of sexual privacy, using the law to defend victims of hacking, leaking, and other online assaults…Goldberg grew up in Aberdeen, Washington, the rainy, economically depressed logging town that Kurt Cobain was from. Her father ran a furniture store; her mother, an obituary writer for the local paper, quit to bring up four children. Goldberg, the second child, was an instinctive feminist and a bit of a misfit. “Artsy without the artistic talent,” as she puts it. It was the riot-grrrl (sic) era, and Goldberg was riotous.” – The New Yorker, Margaret Talbot, November 28, 2016.
Born, raised and educated in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1995
Captain Robert Gray
First American to venture into the harbor, which was named after him by his crew, on May 7, 1792. Gray stayed in the harbor for four days, and originally named the harbor, Bulfinch’s Harbour (sic).
In the journal of one of his crew members, however, is the following entry: “Named the harbor we had left after our Captain.” On the first chart of the harbor, as on other charts since, the name Gray’s (sic) Harbor appears. — Francis E. Cross and Charles M Parkin, Jr., Sea Venture, Captain Gray’s Voyages of Discovery 1787-1793.
Sylveanus “Vean” Gregg
“Began his Major League baseball career in 1911 with the Cleveland Naps (Indians). The 26 year-old played for eight seasons on four different teams, and ended his playing career in 1925.” — Baseball Almanac.
Ranked third in the competition for the 1911 American League, Cy Young Award. — http://brsmith.mybravenet.com
Played for Cleveland Naps (Indians) 1911-14, Boston Red Sox 1914-16, Philadelphia Athletics 1918, Washington Nationals (Senators) 1925.
Ranked in “The 100 Greatest Tribe Players of all Time” by the Cleveland Indians in 2001. — http://cleveland.about.com
Born in Chehalis. After his baseball career, he owned and operated Vean Gregg’s – Home Plate Restaurant and Tavern at 710 Simpson Avenue in Hoquiam until his death in 1964.
Victor Grinich (Grgurinović)
Electronics industry pioneer.
“One of the eight founders of Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957, which created the first mass-produced integrated circuit, a descendant of the modern computer chip.”
“After leaving Fairchild, he taught at Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley. Co-author of Introduction to Integrated Circuits.” — obituary, The New York Times, November 1, 2000. Information provided by Tom Seguin, Sr. and Harold Warren.
Fellow Fairchild founder Julius Blank said in an interview, “One of the key rolls Victor played was the development of the analog circuit, which is used today in any device requiring an electronic response. Without Victor we couldn’t have done it. He was the only engineer in the group.”
He also formed Escort Memory Systems (EMS), which was eventually purchased by Datalogic.
It was a forerunner in the transponder device development, or RFID. Although the original devices were used in place of brands to track cows, other uses include ID badges, and toll gate “fast passes.” — from an interview with his daughter Anita Grinich.
Born and raised in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1942.
Evie Hatfield Hansen
Nationally known writer of books on cooking seafood. Has published six books, including Seafood Twice a Week.
“Evie Hansen is the nation’s leader in seafood education. She has written award winning books and teaches year-round about the benefits and delights of seafood.”
“Being a fisherman’s wife, her recipe testing has been done on boatloads of fish and shellfish.” — Evie Hansen & Cindy Snyder, Seafood Twice a Week.
Raised in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, 1966.
Harbor Grown Christmas Trees
Hedlund Christmas Tree Farm, Satsop, Washington. Ed, Cindy and Thomas Hedlund.
“Two time Grand Champion Award winners for the National Christmas Tree Association. Two trees were the official Christmas trees for the White House in 2002 for President George W. Bush, and in 1998 to President Clinton.”
Each year, one tree went to the Blue Room, and the other in the President’s private residence. — The Daily World, September 29, 2002.
Northwest Plantations Tree Farm, Satsop Valley, Washington. John and Carol Tillman.
2004 Grand Champion Award winners for the National Christmas Tree Association. The Tillman’s provided three trees from their Satsop Valley tree farm for the White House in 2004. One for the Oval Office, one for the Blue Room and one for Camp David. — The Daily World, October 20, 2004.
Filmmaker and director.
“World Premiere of “Indirect Actions” from award-winning director Maranatha Hay and producer Ryan Moore. The project is the world’s first immersive documentary feature film… seen as part of the first-ever Dome Series at the Downtown LA Film Festival Opening Gala on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Director Maranatha Hay says, “I’m thrilled to share this experience through a medium as powerful as the story. It’s an epic saga on the Great Plains that is incredibly relevant in our time—on the biggest screen you’ve ever seen. As a female filmmaker, I’m proud to be pioneering this new cinematic journey where the audience lives in the consciousness of the storyteller’s memory and the dome becomes a sanctuary for this.”- www.prweb.com, October 18, 2019.
Immersive filmmaking uses several 360° cameras, shooting in every direction, all at once.
Five-time regional Emmy Award winning director and producer. Executive Director, Tower Films, Venice, California, beginning January 2011.
Raised and educated in the Wishkah Valley.
“Winner of the NAIA National Swimming Championships in the 100 and 200 yard butterfly events for the University of Puget Sound in 1987.”
2003 inductee to the University of Puget Sound Hall of Fame. — The Daily World, February 3, 2003.
Raised in Hoquiam. Hoquiam High School, 1983.
“Awarded the Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences 2004 INFORMS Expository Award, for setting an exemplary standard of exposition in his Introduction to Operations Research textbook.”
“A Stanford University professor since 1961, and the author or co-author of six books in his field of operations research, which involves the application of mathematical models and techniques to decision making.” — The Daily World, November 1, 2004.
Born and raised in Aberdeen. Weatherwax High School, Valedictorian, 1954.
George H. Hitchings
Awarded Nobel Prize in Medicine, 1988. Contributed to major breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer and AIDS, and in transplant research.
In an interview after receiving Nobel Prize said, “living in Hoquiam was among the happiest times in my life.” In the year he received the Nobel Prize, he traveled to Hoquiam to be honored as the Grand Marshall in the Riverfest Parade.
Born in Hoquiam, April 18, 1905. Science Degree, University of Washington, 1927.
An active business leader with interests in such Washington based companies as American Piledriving Equipment, Renton Concrete Recyclers and Iron Mountain Quarry.
Co-owner, co-founder CEO of American Piledriving Equipment (APE), manufacturer of the largest piledriving hammers in the world. Capable of driving piling up to 98’ in diameter. – www.americanpiledriving.com
Generously provides numerous grants and scholarships for St. Mary School and Grays Harbor College for the benefit of the youth of Grays Harbor.
Born in Hoquiam, in 1937. Attended St Mary School (Aberdeen) and graduated from Weatherwax High School (Aberdeen), 1952.
ILWU, Aberdeen Local 24
Hosted the first convention of the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union – ILWU in 1938, in Aberdeen. — John Hughes and Ryan Beckwith, On the Harbor.
United States Congressman from the Third Congressional District of Washington State from 1912 to 1932.
“History has neglected Congressman Albert Johnson, `Father of the 1924 Immigration Bill.’ The act codified the concept of admitting aliens into the United States on the basis of quotas.” — Jim Scott, Festschrift, 1994.
Owner, Publisher and Editor of the Grays Harbor Washingtonian, Hoquiam, from 1907 until 1934. Buried in Sunset Memorial Park, Hoquiam.
LPGA Tour golfer since 1980. Winner – LPGA Championship Tournament, 1997. Member of the 1998 Solheim Cup Team.
Currently competes in the LPGA Tour and the Legends Tour.
All-American at the University of Arizona from 1979-80.
Played as Chris Johnson from 1980 to 2005.
Grandparents, and mother (Ginnie McGillicuddy) were born and raised in Aberdeen. (It’s a bit of a stretch to call her a Harborite, but she is my cousin.)
Ruth Karr McKee
One of 11 children of pioneer Hoquiamite James A. Karr. Died at age 76 in 1951.
“In 1917 she was appointed to the University of Washington Board of Regents – the first woman to hold that position. In 1923, when she was elected president of the UW Regents, she was the first woman in the nation to hold such an office at a major university.” — The Daily World, October 7, 2001.
The University of Washington Women’s Dormitory constructed in 1935-36, consisted of four separate 75 student houses, or wings. “The houses were named in honor of important women the state or university history: Eliza Ferry Leary…Catherine V. Blaine…Ruth Karr McKee…and Isabella Austin.” In 1961 the entire structure was named Hansee Hall, and now serves as a coed dormitory. – SAH Archipedia, Susan Boyle.
She is the author of Mary Richardson Walker: Her Book (1945), the story of her great grandmother. She and her husband Elkanah Wallker were one of six couples sent by the Anerical Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to the Oregon Mission in 1837. – “Guide to the Ruth Karr McKee Paper 1941-1943”. Washington State University Libraries. Information provided by Nancy Cuyle.
Born in 1874, raised and educated in Hoquiam.