A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 9, 1912
In a landslide near Ahwago, three miles west of DuPont, on the line of the construction work of the Northern Pacific, about midnight last night the steam shovel, with one laborer aboard it, was buried under 150 yards of earth. Efforts were begun at once to rescue the man, said to be an Italian or Australian, but up to noon today, the body had not been recovered, the earth sliding as fast as it was shoveled out. Corner Shaver was notified and deputy George W. Piper to make an inquiry into the accident and to bring the body to Tacoma.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 9, 1937
Destined to be the “Thanksgiving” ship for Honolulu and other Hawaiian island ports, and to be fairly bulging with turkeys, cranberries and other table items suitable for the season when she completes her run, the Matson freighter Makiki was at the Port Piers on Monday, loading generous shares of her outward tonnage from Tacoma. Inbound, the Makiki brought more than 6,000 sacks of white cane sugar for discharge here, and others of the vessel’s holds yielded some 5,000 cases of canned Hawaiian pineapple and fruit juices. The sugar, according to C.G. Boyd, Tacoma agent for the Matson line, was refined in Honolulu plants.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 9, 1962
Tacoma’s school board last night firmed up its policy on social clubs, stating that any junior or senior high school student found to be a member, a pledge or in attendance at meetings of such clubs will be barred from all extracurricular activities. In addition, if more drastic action is deemed necessary, the school principal may suspend the student from school. The board, in its strongly worded policy statement, defined social clubs as “any organization of junior or senior high school students characterized by one or more of the following: selective membership, hazing, affiliation with a national sorority of fraternity, rushing parties, attempts to control the action of its members in conflict with or in opposition to school regulations, any or all of which tends to destroy good order, discipline and scholarship.”