A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: SEPT. 2, 1912
“The legislative history of the state for the last four years is marked by a number of laws in the interest of labor,” Gov. M.E. Hay said this morning. “The climax of these is probably reached in the workmen’s compensation law. We were the first state to pass such a law, and it has grown into thorough favor with all concerned. Of course, the operation of it has shown that a first aid feature which will provide for the payment of the medical and hospital bills of injured men and women is vital. In a week or so, I shall appoint a commission to draft such a provision for submission to the Legislature at the coming session. One was included in the original bill drafted by a commission appointed for the purpose, but it was eliminated in passage because of the attack upon it.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: SEPT. 2, 1937
The pigskin parade went on review recently as some 130 hopefuls answered the first call for football practice at the three local high schools. Stadium topped the list with some 60 aspiring – and perspiring – gridders going through their paces under the watchful eye of coach John Heinrick. Lincoln had 50 or so candidates out, while 21 Bellarmine students answered Coach John Kennedy’s call. Heinrick, who seemed to have things well organized, sent his gridders through plays for half an hour or so and then the squad ran down punts and worked at passing drills
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: SEPT. 2, 1962
An expected 75,600 youngsters will trade their baseball gloves and swimsuits for brand-new school clothes and textbooks when school bells begin ringing again bright and early Tuesday morning. And some 3,547 Tacoma and Pierce County teachers will be on hand to greet them, freshly prepared by staff meetings and conferences held during the past two weeks. All city schools and most county schools will be open for a full day, except for kindergarten classes.