A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: SEPT. 7, 1912
T.F. Strand, a Puget Sound Electric conductor, charged with “knocking down” 31 cents, was acquitted by a jury in Judge Chapman’s court late yesterday afternoon. Strand was charged with selling a ticket from Seattle to Kent for 36 cents and turning in 5 cents, the fare from Seattle to Georgetown. His defense was that in the hurry of punching a lot of tickets and duplicate receipts he had neglected to punch the duplicate of the Kent ticket and then he came to make up his report and found the stub unpunched, he punched the fare to Georgetown so as not to shortchange himself. The jury gave him the benefit of the doubt. The trial is said to have cost the county $200.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: SEPT. 7, 1937
Despite all the name-calling and fist-waving, the CIO bolters will not be expelled from the AF of L at its convention in Denver early next month. CIO rulers will be excoriated; their political affiliate, labor’s Non-Partisan league, will be raked from stem to stern, but the federation moguls will carefully stop short of swinging the ax. Their plan is to have the convention empower the executive council to oust the rival unions when the council sees fit.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: SEPT. 7, 1962
President John F. Kennedy, acting in the face of a Communist buildup in Cuba and other international tensions, sought authority today to order 150,000 Reservists to active duty. Proposed legislation to grant the power was sent to Congress this afternoon with a letter in which Kennedy said: “In my judgment this renewed authorization is necessary to permit prompt and effective responses, as necessary, to challenges which may be presented in any part of the free world, and I hope that the Congress will give its prompt support for this authorization, as it did so effectively, a year ago.” This legislation would place a ceiling of 150,000 men from the reserves of all the armed forces and limit the period of service to no more than 12 months.