A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: AUG. 25, 1912
Work on the second track of the Northern Pacific Railway between Tenino and Portland will be finished Oct. 1, according to Howard Elliott, president of Northern Pacific, in Tacoma today. There are about three miles near the Cowlitz river at present uncompleted. The Northern Pacific will begin work straightening and repairing the line north of Seattle next year.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: AUG. 25, 1937
Frances Dexter, acrobatic dancing violinist de luxe, headlines the roster of vaudeville luminaries appearing in three Saturday evening floor shows this week at Will Maylon’s Coliseum night club. An accomplished virtuoso and in addition a dansuese of daring grace, Miss Dexter figures to score as big a hit with Tacoma amusement lovers as she did recently at the Biltmore Bowl, Los Angeles, where she was featured with Jimmy Grier and his nationally-known orchestra.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: AUG. 25, 1962
The South Vietnamese drive to sweep communist Viet Cong guerrillas out of the southern tip of Vietnam has the enemy on the run. But after 11 exhausting days, it is clear the campaign has just begun. American advisers are disappointed that the large-scale offensive, the government’s biggest in weeks, has not brought better results. American-planned and -supported “Operation Big Pacification” began Aug. 15.