100 YEARS AGO TODAY
November 20, 1912
With the swinging open of the span of the old 11th Street Bridge at 9 a.m., a ferry system, operated for the city by the Foss Launch Co., began business. A launch is making a 10-minute schedule between the municipal dock and the east shore of the city waterway north of the 11th Street Bridge.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
November 20, 1962
A marine gale – this time packing rain as an added punch – yesterday washed out a portion of the White Pass Highway, Stevens Pass, State Highway 5 and sent rivers throughout Western Washington to flood stage. While winds were less violent than the Columbus Day storm on this side of the Cascades, they hit 60 miles an hour in Spokane, toppling power poles in the area like match sticks. State Patrolman R.J. Loy at the summit of White Pass during the peak of the storm yesterday, estimated the winds at 80 mph. A slide four miles west of the summit has blocked White Pass.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
November 20, 1987
In a sudden about-face, U.S. District Judge Jack Tanner has announced he will step down from the Puyallup Tribe of Indians’ land claims case. The Tacoma judge reiterated that he was not biased in the case, as the defendants contended, but thought he should withdraw, according to court papers signed Wednesday and filed with the clerk’s office Thursday. After reviewing the file, Tanner wrote to Chief Judge Barbara Rothstein: “I have decided that although the motion for recusal is, in my view, not sufficiently supported, and I am most certainly not biased either for or against any party, it would nonetheless be best under the circumstances that I not serve as the trial judge. I therefore respectfully request that the case be reassigned to another judge of the court for all further proceedings.”