A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 12, 1912
All city work, including that on the Puyallup River bridge, is at a standstill today due to the heavy rains. The Puyallup and Stuck rivers are still rising. Traffic is still held up on the Olympia branch of the Northern Pacific Railway as a result of a landslide east of Sherlock, although most of the trains are making the Olympia trip by another route. The big rainfall has gorged the sewers in many parts of the city. At East 53rd and I streets the water was still threatening a residence and a sewer was being hastily built today to care for the surplus. At 41st and Howe streets, where a water main is being installed, there have been floods threatening the homes, but these have been averted. At South 23rd and I streets, the water has washed out a wooden cribbing on the property line, and the damages will cost large sums to repair.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 12, 1937
Leo Scafturon is opening Saturday to Tacoma shoppers a complete new cheese shop. With five years of experience to his credit, Mr. Scafturon is declared to be well able to supply patrons with the finest in both imported and domestic cheese. The new shop is conveniently located in the Crystal Palace market, the 11th Street side, directly across from Van De Kamp’s bakery.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 12, 1962
City Manager David Rowlands had best lay in a big supply of sandwiches tomorrow. The agenda for the City Council’s noon conference room study session is longer than that for the council’s regular meeting at 4. The city fathers will gather around the sandwich board first with members of the Port Commission to discuss the city’s proposed sale of its Municipal Belt Line Railway to the port. Next on the program will be a discussion of the list of Tacomans to be tapped for the reactivated Citizens Committee for Tacoma’s Future Development. The citizens’ committee, to which some 200 persons will be named, will be asked to study and make recommendations on improvement projects being considered for a spring bond drive.