A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: SEPT. 3, 1912
An agreement whereby the Tacoma Railway & Power company will tear up the Traction line tracks on Cliff Avenue was reached by the municipal commission this morning with representatives of the street railway corporation. Mayor W.W. Seymour withdrew his objection to the company’s retaining the franchise on the street, and the other commissioners, whose opposition had been less emphatic, voted with him. Mayor Seymour expressed the opinion that the reason the company was loath to surrender the franchise was because it feared the city itself intended to operate a car line on the avenue.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: SEPT. 3, 1937
The formal opening of the K.P. Hall at 52nd and South Union Avenue was held recently in South Tacoma. This hall has one of the best dance floors in the Pacific Northwest. Nothing has been spared to give the public the best there is in music and comfort. Len Swanson and his band led the music. Mr. Newbert, manager of the 50-50 Cafe and Tavern, connected with the hall and furnished refreshments. As an added attraction, one dollar bills were placed in balloons and thrown from the balcony to the lucky catchers below.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: SEPT. 3, 1962
A cold fog rolled in from the ocean this morning in Seaside, Ore., dampening the threat of a further outbreak of rioting by college-age Labor Day weekend visitors. The streets of this Oregon resort city of 3,700 are littered with papers and trash as a result of rioting that broke out Saturday night and continued late Sunday. More than 100 were arrested. As night fell, a rock ’n’ roll band whose dance had been washed out by rioting Saturday night began playing from a low roof near the beach. The band quit playing shortly before midnight and the crowd dispersed.