A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 9, 1912
Establishment near Tacoma of the largest Army brigade post in the West may follow the visit here in the next few days of Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood, chief of staff of the United States army. Wood spent yesterday in Seattle and left last night for Port Townsend. No sooner had the Commercial Club and Chamber of Commerce learned of his presence on the Sound than a telegram was put on his trail urging him to make known the time he will arrive here. Tacomans who are in close touch with the situation in the War Department said today that Wood will inspect a proposed site between American Lake and the mouth of the Nisqually River.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 9, 1937
Bethany Methodist Episcopal church, South 57th and Park Avenue, completed its debt-liquidation campaign Thursday, when a check was delivered to a local savings and loan association which reduced the church debt by a total of $16,472, according to the Rev. Erle Howell, pastor. “Sufficient money was raised in the recent campaign, Howell said, to completely pay off the mortgage on the church building.” With the aid of a loan from the Board of Home Missions and Church Extension of our church, the debt has been reduced from $26,489 to $10,017. The remaining debt is secured by a mortgage of $7,500 held by the Board of Home Missions, and a mortgage of $2,500 held by a local finance institution.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 9, 1962
James H. Meredith today charged that the Army has inflicted “a dishonor and a disgrace” on black soldiers brought to Oxford, Miss., to quell rioters. In an interview, the 29-year-old Meredith complained that the Army segregated blacks assigned to duty at the University of Mississippi and purged them from positions in the ranks. In Washington, Army Secretary Cyrus Vance said black troops were not used on patrols to avoid “unnecessary incidents” during a tense time when the troops first arrived on the riot-torn campus.