A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 6, 1912
Albert Schwarzer, 29, ladderman of the Tacoma Fire Department, was run over and instantly killed yesterday morning by the 41/2-ton fire engine stationed at fire house No. 1, South Second and St. Helens Avenue. Schwarzer, running after the huge pneumatic ladder truck as it turned out of the station in answer to an alarm, tripped on a loose brick almost in front of the station house and fell to the pavement. Before he could arise the fire engine was upon him. The big engine, pulled by three horses, was only 50 feet behind the ladder, and Schwarzer, stunned by his fall, was unable to arise. The driver of the engine, because of smoke from the auto truck, did not see Schwartzer body in time to turn aside.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 6, 1937
The full resources of the Tacoma Police Department will be utilized for the convenience of shoppers who take part in the United Tacoma Days sales event, which will open Thursday morning and continue through Friday and Saturday. Extra police will be on duty to facilitate movement through the downtown district. Out-of-town shoppers will get an additional courtesy. Stickers will be provided to out-of-town customers to designate their automobiles. Cars bearing these stickers will not be molested by traffic policemen for such offenses as overtime parking.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 6, 1962
A superior court judge ruled Friday that persons living near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport may sue to recover for the taking of “air easements” over their heads by jet aircraft. Judge Henry Agnew’s ruling was limited to jet aircraft. Claims can be made against the jets because the extension of runways has brought the planes closer to residences and because of the increased noise volume of the jets.