100 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 18, 1912
With Thanksgiving day, Nov. 28, only a little more than a week away, the question of providing the turkey for the feast is looming up not only for the vision of the head of the house, but before the retail dealers, who are wondering where the supply is to come from. Meats are so high, the poultry producers say the people must expect to pay high prices for such choice eating as turkey and the dealers say this logic is about right. Anyway, the jobbers who bring in turkeys by the carload from Idaho, the Dakotas and Minnesota, as well as the Oregon growers, all say turkeys promise to be scarce. In Oregon turkeys are quoted now at 28 cents a pound, live weight. This would mean 29 cents here, and with the usual shrinkage would compel the retailers to ask abut 32 to 35 cents in order to break even.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 18, 1962
The owners of the Winthrop Hotel – Tacoma’s largest – declared yesterday that the hotel will continue to operate after Nov. 30, the date on which the present operator plans to terminate its lease. The hotel’s approximately 100 employes received two weeks’ notice of layoff Friday from the operators, the Winthrop Operating Co. Tenants in the 27-year-old hotel at Ninth and Broadway also received notices that said it was the apparent intention of the owners to close the hotel’s doors Nov. 30.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 18, 1987
Former Pierce County Auditor Richard Greco faces a jail sentence of as long as 71/2 years following his conviction on nine counts of bribery and one count of misconduct by a public official. The 62-year-old Greco, who served as county auditor for 17 years, also was found innocent of five other charges, including four counts of bribery and one of requesting unlawful compensation involving the storage of voting machines. Greco simply shook his head after visiting King County Superior Judge Anthony Wartnik finished a count-by-count explanation of the convictions. Although the former professional baseball player remained upbeat and confident throughout most of the trial, he showed a more reserved side after being convicted of bribery that prosecutors said ultimately netted him less than $6,000.