A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 24, 1912
Tomorrow night the gymnasium of the Mason Methodist Church at North 30th and Proctor streets will be opened to the members for the first time. A.R. Smith, the well-known University of Puget Sound athlete and football player, will have charge of the classes and will instruct in the different departments of physical training. Class nights will be held twice a week on Mondays and Friday afternoons and evenings. The gymnasium has been nicely fitted up. It is in the auditorium of the old church at the corner of the bridge. All the paraphernalia necessary for the development of muscles has been installed.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 24, 1937
“The plane heeled to one side, then it slipped and it dove down. Then crash! Crash! That’s all.” His face writhed in pain, suffering intensely from a broken jaw, Erling Larson, 21, 1425 S. 55th Street, gave a terse, dramatic account of the airplane crash at Tacoma field Saturday evening that snuffed out the lives of three persons and caused injuries to eight more. Dead were Leonard Rhiner 34, of Kansas City, Mo., one of the veteran transport pilots of the country, who was at the controls; and Fred Williams, 20, and Mrs. Helen Momblow, 78, both of Tacoma.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 24, 1962
The United States and the Russian communists approach an armed showdown on the high seas today as Soviet cargo ships plowed toward Cuba and American naval power converged on them. At 6 p.m. local time, with the quarantine officially in effect for seven hours, the Defense Department said it had no reports of interception of any ships. The department also said it had no report that any of the Cuba-bound Russian ships had changed their course. Strung out along the approaches to Cuba were an estimated 25 Russian ships.