100 YEARS AGO TODAY
November 21, 1912
Festivities inspired by a riot of color and a myriad of subtle invitations to joviality ruled with high hand the opening night of the St. Leo’s bazaar in the basement of the new Catholic church at 14th Street and Yakima Avenue last evening. It was estimated that 1,500 persons visited the bartering place between 8 p.m. and closing time, and a large number of them were drawn to the platform where votes are taken for the most popular bachelor and to other of the features of the amusement section.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
November 21, 1962
The City Council cannot change its mind about North 13th Street any more, even if it wants to. City Attorney Marshall McCormick told the council that the vacation had become effective yesterday, the street had become property of the school district and the council can’t get it back by any means short of a condemnation suit. A last-minute referendum drive, to hold up the vacation pending a vote of the people, had produced some 1,200 signatures but had needed some 4,300. The school district, which jumped the gun on tearing up the street, is now free to continue converting the half block of 13th Street, between the old and new Lowell School units, into a portion of the school’s playground.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
November 21, 1987
On what emergency shelter workers described as a “light night” in Pierce County, 315 men, women and children received a temporary place to sleep during a 24-hour period ending Friday morning. Seventy-four people were turned away because there was no room for them at the local emergency shelters. . The numbers came from a count conducted by the Tacoma-Pierce County Emergency Housing Task Force, which had sought to dramatize the plight of the homeless through its third annual One Night Bed Count.