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1900 - December 14 - New telephone directory issued in Aberdeen. 185 phones in use.

1901 - March 29 - Twelve-million feet of logs jammed up on the Wishkah River.

1902 - January 1 - Door-to-door mail delivery begins in Aberdeen. The first carriers are Edmund J. Croft and Edwin J. Eccles.

1902 - September 12 - “Dark Day” in Chehalis county as major forest fires blot out sunlight.

1902 - October 13 - George J. Wolff buys store of I. Harris & Sons.

1903 - March - New Steam Pumper arrives in Aberdeen.

1903 - June - Grays Harbor Packing Co., located at the foot of G street, burns.

1903 - July 9 - Billy Gohl takes over as Agent of the Sailor’s Union in Aberdeen.

1903 - July 22 - Wilson Brothers Mill destroyed by fire.

1903 - October 16 - “Black Friday” - Great Fire sweeps Aberdeen destroying the central business area and leaving three dead.

1903 - October 28 - Commercial Block fire.

1905 - January 13 - Heavy snowfall stops electric railway.

1905 - January 17 - Live wire kills team of horses in Aberdeen.

1905 - June 21- Railway to Moclips completed. First train to run July 1.

1905 - July 5 - Jack Donnelly charged with manslaughter after Fred Ross dies of injuries from their July 4 boxing match. He is exonerated on the 7th. Largest headlines to ever appear in the Aberdeen Daily Bulletin.

1905 - July 20 - Strike hits Grays Harbor mills.

1905 - August 25 - Twenty five ships in Harbor. Grays Harbor currently recognized as largest shipping port in the world.

1906 - February 26 - Lizzie Morgan’s opium den unearthed in Aberdeen.

1906 - April 26 - 174-foot steamer Quinault launched in Aberdeen. On December 3rd it set a round-trip record between San Francisco and Aberdeen in just under 7 days.

1906 - May 7 - Steamer Norwood strikes Chehalis River bridge; a portion of which collapsed the next day.

1906 - June 16 - Seaman’s strike shuts down mills.

1906 - August 16 - Movement afoot to relocate county seat from Montesano to Aberdeen.

1906 - November 15 - Greatest storm in Hoquiam history.

1907 - May 4 - State road between Aberdeen and Montesano opens; Mr. Rutherford first to drive it.

1907 - May 6 - Ninth floater in 60 days pulled from the Harbor.

1907 - July 19 - 385’ steamer Bessie Dollar from Mexico, largest vessel ever to visit Harbor, taking on lumber for China.

1907 - September 11 - Secretary of War Taft delivers speech to immense crowd in Aberdeen.

1907 - September 21 - Steamer Tellus runs aground on north spit of Harbor.

1907 - October 7 - Fourteen windjammers loading on the Harbor; most ever.

1907 - November 3 - Loggers break 12-million foot log jam on Wishkah River.

1908 - January 3 - Three-year-old girl falls from sidewalk in front of her home in Aberdeen tide flats and drowns.

1908 - March 16 - 400’ steamer Indravelli, largest ship to visit Harbor, arrives.

1908 - May 3 - New Presbyterian Church dedicated.

1908 - May 5 - Coast Saloon closed when dredging in river by Northern Pacific Railway weakens foundation. Billy Gohl, whose office was in the building, said “[The] building cracked and groaned until I thought it was going down.”

1908 - May 28 - Two train car-loads of seed oysters arrive in Grays Harbor.

1908 - June 1 - Aberdeen Daily Bulletin renamed Aberdeen World.

1908 - June 23 - Wireless between Aberdeen and Westport functioning.

1908 - July 2 - Street paving to begin in Aberdeen.

1908 - July 9 - Chehalis Indians claim entire county.(???)

1908 - July 29 - "F" street fire.

1909 - January 11 - Grays Harbor earthquake 4:03 pm.

1909 - January 17 - First edition of Sunday World.

1909 - February - Finch Building construction underway.

1909 - March 4 - Aberdeen World becomes Aberdeen Daily World.

1909 - March 20 - Swing bridge across Wishkah River opens.

1909 - May 10 - Streetcar strikes horse and buggy at Broadway and First.

1909 - June 28 - Newlun’s Restaurant in Moclips destroyed as source of diphtheria.

1909 - November 23 - Ten thousand logs float out to sea in freshet.

1910 - February 3 - Billy Gohl charged with murder.

1910 - April 1 - Finch Building opens. First building in Aberdeen with an elevator.

1910 - April 23 - Union Pacific begins work on Chehalis River Railroad Bridge.

1910 - April 25 - Cornerstone laid for new County Courthouse.

1910 - May 2 - Billy Gohl’s trial begins.

1910 - May 24 - Billy Gohl sentenced to life in prison.

1910 - June 13 - Billy Gohl taken to Walla Walla Penitentiary.

1910 - June 15 - New transcontinental railroad, Union Pacific (Grays Harbor and Puget Sound Railroad), reaches Harbor.

1910 - July 16 - Forest fires rage in Wishkah.

1910 - July 26 - Speed laws opposed by car owners.

1910 - August 8 - Broadway Hill on fire.

1910 - August 15 - Two railways begin service to the Harbor.

1910 - August 30 - Dog, rats and fleas banned in Aberdeen; 27,000 dogs in Aberdeen.

1910 - October 22 - Gohl accomplice denied another trial.

1910 - November 8 - Aberdeen will grant women the right to vote.

1910 - November 22 - Storm knocks out Chehalis River Bridge.

1910 - December 15 - Aberdeen to build highway around bluff.

1910 - December 29 - Entire Aberdeen police force dismissed.



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