A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 13, 1912
Consideration of the introduction of voting machines in Tacoma to overcome the serious delays experienced at the recent election is suggested in a resolution adopted by the Larchmont Improvement Club last night asking the cooperation of the other improvement clubs of the city in taking up the subject. Attention was called to the fact that through the use of these voting machines in Eastern cities the result is known within a few minutes after the polls close. The purpose of the resolution is to investigate the operation of the machines in the East, to learn the merits of the various machines, and to get information as to whether the results are economical and satisfactory. If so, to take measures for their use in Tacoma.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 13, 1962
A 28-year-old cabinetmaker who is credited with saving a Tacoma couple from asphyxiation aboard a boat last summer was honored at yesterday’s luncheon of the Tacoma-Pierce County Safety Council at the New Yorker Cafe. Tom Johnson of 4914 N. 15th St. was presented with a plaque commemorating his deed by Police Capt. R.E. Duppenthaler, president of the local safety council. Also on hand to add their plaudits were the rescued couple, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Melendy of 1001 N. Yakima Ave. The Melendys were overcome by engine fumes in their new cruiser in the Narrows last August.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 13, 1987
Doris Schnabel may be moving out of her North End neighborhood. Schnabel, 31, of 1918 N. Proctor St., doesn’t want a fire station next door, but if the Public Works Department finalizes a sale of Fire Station No. 13, the new fire station will be built in Schnabel’s neighborhood. The existing building, at North Proctor and North 25th streets, may be replaced by a new fire station, at the corner of North Proctor and North 21st streets. “I wouldn’t like it myself,” Schnabel said. “It’s noisy around here as it is and I don’t think we need anymore. If they do that (move the fire station), I’m moving.” Gary Wheeler, public works engineering division chief, said a party has offered to buy the fire station building at 3825 N. 25th St. and that engineers are working on project estimates for the proposed new station.