A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 26, 1912
The Nisqually power plant will be run at full speed the middle of next week for a thorough test of the machinery. Herman B. Keith, engineer on the project, said this morning that current would be generated and sent out toward Tacoma over the transmission wires before the end of the week. He declared, however, that no computation as to the horsepower capacity or average of the plant would be made for several weeks to come. The new plant will be placed under operation to furnish current to the city Nov. 7, Keith said.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 26, 1937
Twins predominate at the Rialto, where a three-day vaudeville show opened Monday with the famous Hilton Sisters, America’s “Siamese Twins,” in top spot, assisted by a bunch of lively entertainers. Maxx Frolic leads the orchestra. The Hiltons, 29, are joined together at the waist and admit to 26 years of stage work. Violet told Mickey Carroll, diminutive master of ceremonies, she was wedded to Jimmy Moore a year ago in Dallas, Texas. She and her sister smile and sing and seem to be very much attached to each other despite the fact they have been separated to some extent by Violet’s departure in matrimony. Both seem content.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 26, 1962
Dissension boiled to the surface again yesterday on the State Board Against Discrimination. In rapid-fire order, one board member resigned, charging that the internal strife was causing delays in handling housing and employment civil rights cases. And the Seattle branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People disclosed it asked Gov. Albert Rosellini this week to fire the entire five-man board if it can’t settle it’s differences. Rosellini accepted the resignation yesterday of Sidney Gerber, Bellevue, but declined comment on the NAACP request.