By Jesse Sines
For The Sentinel 

Local man marks one century


Jesse Sines, for The Sentinel

A HUNDRED YEARS AGO: Walter Goik and well-wishers celebrate his 100th birthday last Tuesday at Sodbusters Restaurant.

On March 4, Walter Goik became 100 years young. His birthday party was held at Sodbusters Restaurant in the evening and was attended by friends and family from each generation.

100 years ago, Goik was born in Germany. "I went to school 10,000 miles from here. I'm happy to be here, too!" Goik says with enthusiasm. Since having an innumerable amount of stories between Germany and Goldendale, he's had roots here for 30 years. He had served in the Merchant Marines for seven years and ended up sailing around South America prior to and during World War II and served in the United States Army for three years. When asked about moving to Goldendale 30 years ago, Goik simply replies, "I'm happy, I...

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