A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: AUG. 3, 1912
Streetcars on the Point Defiance line were crowded today with hundreds of Grand Army of the Republic veterans, Spanish-American war veterans and other soldiers and women of auxiliary organizations going to the annual picnic given under the auspices of Custer post. All carried baskets of luncheon and the committee provided an abundance of coffee. At the same time there was a grand picnic of the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs of Tacoma and Pierce County lodges, which brought large delegations from the line of the Tacoma, Eastern Railroad and from Buckley, Orting, Carbonado, Sumner and Puyallup. There was a program of foot races, games and other entertainment, besides the beautiful attractions which the park itself affords. It was estimated that 1,200 or 1,500 people took part.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: AUG. 3, 1937
A gripping romance, comedy, some of the finest character portrayals in years and thrills of a thundering racetrack are highlights in “Saratoga,” the picture that brings Jean Harlow and Clark Gable to Hamrick Music Box theater. Never was Jean Harlow lovelier, nor has Gable been give a greater opportunity than as the “square” gambler and bookmaker in the new racetrack story, penned by the authors of “San Francisco,” Anita Loos and Robert Hopkins.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: AUG. 3, 1962
One of the nation’s greatest chess players will take on 40 of the Northwest’s best simultaneously at the Fircrest Community Center. He is Arthur Bisguier of Elmhurst, N.Y., international chess grandmaster and former U.S. champion. He and his wife are in the area to visit his wife’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.J. Collins of Grapeview. During the morning and afternoon, chess teams from Tacoma and surrounding areas, will engage in match play.