A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 31, 1912
Utica is mourning today the death of Vice President James Schoolcraft Sherman last night at 9:42 at the family home. Bright’s disease, complicated with disease of the heart and hardening of the arteries, following a period of more than 24 hours of almost total unconsciousness, caused his death. Mrs. Sherman received scores of messages of condolence and sympathy. A message from Speaker Champ Clark read: “You have our heartfelt sympathy in your great sorrow. May God bless you and yours.”
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 31, 1937
The annual Buckley Halloween festival was held this evening. Following the parade of costumed men, women and children, the stunt events were held on the Sheets athletic field in front of the grandstand. Following this exhibition, there was a hot dog feed and the youngsters then enjoyed a free show at the Cosmo Theater through the generosity of E.W. Groesbeck, while the grown-ups enjoyed dancing in the high school gymnasium.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: OCT. 31, 1962
Witches were warned to radio their course, speed and altitude to McChord Air Force Base tonight, a necessity for this Halloween only. And residents preparing to repel little invaders were advised by Fort Lewis to stock up on goodies. A few jelly beans is the best defense against small, spooky creatures – easily identified by their battle cry “Trick-or-Treat” – the Army announced. Medics at Madigan General Hospital – standing by with stomach pumps – noted that parents would watch small hobgoblins for signs of indigestion.