A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 5, 1912
The three-colored presidential contest sent to the polls today voters who took an unprecedented interest in the outcome of a campaign that had been waged with unusual bitterness. Midday reports from every quarter indicated a nationwide record-breaking vote. In addition to the election of president and vice president and members of Congress, 33 states are voting for governors and 26 for legislatures which will fill vacancies in the United States senate. Generally favorable weather conditions prevailed. In certain sections of the middle west, particularly in southern Illinois, overcast skies and threatened rain augured not well for the polling of heavy votes, but electors, notwithstanding, continued their steady march to the polls.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 5, 1937
Fifty-six state parks covering some 40,000 acres of land enticed an estimated 1,400,000 persons to them the past year, and plans already are in progress to accommodate a still larger number during the 1938 season, Secretary of State Ernest N. Hutchinson said today. Almost 700,000 persons registered at the parks and it was estimated that many other visitors did not register. Only 400,000 registrations were made during the 1936 season. Five new parks and approximately 5,000 acres of ground were added to the state’s official playgrounds this year, the land having been donated the state. New establishments included: Lake Sylvia, near Montesano, comprising of 120 acres; Twin Harbors beach, near Westport, 42 acres; Kamiak Butte, near Colfax, 70 acres; and Steptoe Butte, near Rosalia, 40 acres.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 5, 1962
The State Highways Department said today it plans to call for bids before year’s end on three grading jobs involving nearly 10 miles of the Seattle-Everett freeway. A fourth grading project is already under way under a $473,049 contract. William A. Bugge, highways director, said the four jobs cover 13 miles of the freeway from the Snohomish-King County line to the Broadway cutoff at State Highway 2J. The project now going on involves grading 2.56 miles in Snohomish County from the Martha Lake Road to the Post Road. Bugge said the three proposed contracts would involve grading 3.09 miles from Cedar Way South to Martha Lake Road and 3.73 miles from the Post Road to Juniper Drive.