100 YEARS AGO TODAY
November 26, 1912
Alex Finn, 6 feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds, an employee of Porter Bros.’ construction camp at DuPont, came to town a few days ago with $50. He distributed the money among half a dozen saloons on Pacific Avenue. When the money was gone and the effect of what it had bought had begun to wear off, Finn started back to camp. He grumbled about the loss of money, and the more he grumbled, the madder he became. By the time he reached camp yesterday, he was seeking trouble. He drove everybody from the cook shanty, took possession and threatened a famine. Then 12 of the bravest of the crew made an assault on Finn’s stronghold. In the mix-up that followed Finn got away, fell into the Sound, was fished out, tied hand and foot, and locked up in the YMCA reading room.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
November 26, 1962
President John F. Kennedy expressed the hope today that the new round of East-West disarmament negotiations will end “the upward spiral of weapons competition.” The president in a statement read to the reopening of the 17-nation conference said the talks should give priority to ending nuclear tests once and for all. “A moment may be at hand to initiate the beginning of the end of the upward spiral of weapons competition,” the president said.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
November 26, 1987
Neighbors of the 23rd Street bridge in north Tacoma are divided on whether the historic span should be knocked down or rebuilt and reopened for cars. The crumbling crossing was closed earlier this year to serve only pedestrians and bicyclists. Some residents say they prefer it that way. But the traffic that once crossed the bridge at a steady clip has found its way into adjoining neighborhoods, much to the displeasure of other home-owners.