A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: SEPT. 30, 1912
Everything will be ready for the opening of the Valley fair at Puyallup on Wednesday. Every exhibit will be in place, every entertainment feature ready to amuse the vast crowds promised, and every official will be out with the glad hand to greet visitors. There will be no stray ends to incite criticism or detract from the natural beauty of the big educational exhibit. The fair officials were justified in advertising it as bigger and better than ever before. With moderate weather or sunshine to hearten the crowds, it should prove one of the biggest fairs ever accomplished by a county or community in the Northwest.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: SEPT. 30, 1937
Tacoma citizens will gain a glimpse of President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he reaches here in an automobile from his Olympic Peninsula tour before 6:30 Friday evening. There has been no definite word if the president will speak here, but sources close to the presidential party surmised that he may take the opportunity for a brief unscheduled address at Union Station. The president and his party will leave Lake Crescent on Friday morning on the automobile tour of the Olympic Peninsula loop. The schedule calls for lunch at Lake Quinault. In the afternoon the party will go through Aberdeen and Hoquiam, Montesano, Elma and Olympia, where people can see and cheer him.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: SEPT. 30, 1962
The United States charged two Soviet U.N. diplomats with buying U.S. defense secrets from a sailor and demanded that the Soviet Union send the two home immediately. The Soviet Union protested to the United States that federal agents had illegally arrested, manhandled and questioned the two men, and it called for punishment of those responsible. The protest said one of the Russians was hurt. The two countries acted in diplomatic notes that passed between the Soviet and U.S. delegations to the United Nations.