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Today in Lewis County History: 1906 — Diphtheria in Winlock; 2003 — Loggers Help Lost Kayakers; 2005 — Child Molester Chided, Sentenced to Prison

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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 11:57 pm

1906 — Diphtheria in Winlock

“Winlock has two cases of diphtheria quarantined. Little Loraine Girvan and Harrold Hoffinger are the suffers,” the Winlock Pilot reported.


1998 — Layoffs Ahead at Rainier West

Rainier West announced a plan to close by Dec. 21 its facility at the Port of Centralia. Over 200 workers would lose their jobs. L.L. Bean, a large customer of Rainier West, decided it would not have its work done at the Centralia facility. The company had made polar fleece jackets and other sportswear for catalog sales companies, including L.L. Bean.

Rainier West was the first tenant at the Port of Centralia, formerly known as the Centralia Industrial Park.


2003 — Loggers Help Lost Kayakers

Centralia kayakers Jolene Parke, Dustin Allen, and David Higgins stayed overnight in the woods when their trip down the Tilton River was abandoned because of darkness. The night was cold and the kayakers slept in wet clothes and had neither dry matches nor food.

The sounds of chain saws led the trio to a group of loggers.

They were carrying paddles, so the loggers knew something was wrong people dont usually carry paddles in the woods, said Ken Dean, volunteer dive team coordinator.


2005 — Child Molester Chided, Sentenced to Prison

A Chehalis teenager who confessed to molesting young girls at his mother’s in-home daycare center was sentenced to at least 12 years and five months in a prison, and a maximum of life.

The 19-year-old clad in orange prison garb, nodded in agreement with Judge Richard Brosey said he hoped that while in prison the teen would do something so as to never commit such crimes again.

“You’ve destroyed, virtually destroyed, your young life,” Brosey said, calling the child abuse a crime against nature and against the laws of the state.

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