A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 12, 1912
Crazed with liquor, S. Coco, 25, yesterday afternoon, fired three shots at Emil Schock, proprietor of a saloon at 1320 C St., created excitement on C street, on a Point Defiance car on Division Avenue and on I Street. Conductor P.G. Peterson and Albert F. Brown, a former Tacoma policeman, had chased Coco for six blocks and finally caught him. The incident began when Coco was standing beside several dice shakers at the bar and asked to participate and was refused. He flew into a rage. Schock, who was behind the bar, told him to be quiet. Coco then turned on Schock. The proprietor ordered him out of the saloon and snapped a bar towel across Coco’s face, drawing blood. Coco drew a revolver and fired point blank across the bar.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 12, 1937
Deaf and blind but known throughout the world as the symbol of courage, cheerfulness and indomitable will, Helen Keller is convalescing in her hospital room in Rochester from an operation. She had recovered sufficiently to receive an interviewer. And intensely feminine, she confessed for the first time that the real tragedy of her life was not the lack of sight or speech or hearing but the defeat of every woman’s objective, the right of marriage and children. This woman, whom millions of people know now for the good she has done for others, has no trace of rancor in her heart against fate that robbed her of speech, hearing and sight when she was an infant.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 12, 1962
A tearful Mrs. Johannah Sather was acquitted of murder by a superior court jury this afternoon – and accompanied by one of her attorneys and friends left the County-City Building a free woman. Sather, 52, of 3120 N. Monroe St., had faced a possible death penalty in the first-degree murder trial. She was accused of shooting Fred Paskett, 51, a Mount Rainier Army Depot employee last March 27.