A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: SEPT. 25, 1912
Four trainmen, two of them Tacomans, were instantly killed last night at about 8:25 p.m. when the boiler of the locomotive on Chicago, Milwaukee and Puget Sound freight No. 64 exploded as the train was running at a high rate of speed through Pacific City. The men who met their death, all riding in the engine cab, were brakeman A.C. Mehner, Tacoma; fireman H.I. Manning, Tacoma; engineer Leonard Mayhall, residence unknown; and conductor A.E. Perrin, Seattle.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: SEPT. 25, 1937
Residents of Dash Point and Browns Point will soon have the convenience of dial telephones instead of the present magneto-operated machines, according to plans announced by the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph company. The old phones will be taken out and new equipment put in place and all numbers will be changed from the “Dash Point” prefix to “Crestview.” A new building will be built to house the dial equipment, but the proposed changes will not be complete before the middle of next year.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: SEPT. 25, 1962
Astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr. will be taking pictures of the earth, hunting rare types of cosmic rays and checking on how much the earth’s atmosphere reduces light during his scheduled six-orbit flight Oct. 3. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration manned spacecraft center here said yesterday Schirra will devote a considerable amount of time to making color photographs of the earth for NASA’s Goddard space fight center.