A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 11, 1912
Commercial interests of Washington will ask the next legislature to appropriate $500,000 for state’s representation at the Panama-Pacific exposition, to be held in San Francisco in 1915. Representatives from the chambers of commerce, commercial clubs and manufacturers’ association will meet at the Tacoma Commercial Club Nov. 20 to formulate plans to bring the matter before the legislature. Every effort is being made to arouse a state-wide interest in the project. “The northwest will benefit from the Panama-Pacific exposition more than any other section of the country, and we should be properly represented,” Secretary T.H. Martin of the Commercial Club said.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 11, 1937
Another new building was put into use at the Western State hospital at Fort Steilacoom on Armistice day when the auditorium and assembly was opened by Dr. W.N. Keller, superintendent. Patients at the hospital saw “Mr. Deeds Comes to Town” at the opening, and hereafter motion pictures will be shown in the auditorium at least once a week, and there will be dances and other entertainments given at regular intervals. The auditorium will seat 1,250 people. It has 825 steel chairs with leather seats and about 600 wicker chairs made by the patients. These chairs are arranged around the sides and in the rear.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 11, 1962
The “How to Improve Your Home” school scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Mount Tahoma High School Auditorium will be the first to be held in the Northwest, says Richard A. Johnson, program chairman. The school will be held at 8 p.m. both nights under the sponsorship of the Pierce County Chapter of the Home Improvement Council and The News Tribune. A panel of experts will tell homeowners how to plan, finance and carry through on the improvements that will add value, efficiency and comfort to their homes. Master of ceremonies will be Robert Maffin, the city’s director of urban renewal.