100 YEARS AGO TODAY
November 29, 1912
Arrested while trying to force his way into his wife’s home in an effort to see his child, a middle-aged man whose name is withheld because the police refused to consider him a miscreant was taken to the central station yesterday afternoon and released a few minutes later. The father told Captain of Detectives Fitzgerald that he had come all the way from southeastern Oregon to spend Thanksgiving with his family. To smooth over certain difficulties between his wife and himself, he said he had sent $200 ahead of him. “When I came to the door, my wife said she didn’t want to have anything to do with me,” said the unhappy father. “The lawyers had told her not to let me in. I saw my baby’s fingers at the window and I couldn’t help it – I just had to go in.”
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
November 29, 1962
Decoration of Tacoma’s downtown community Christmas tree in Broadway Square with 1,500 multi-colored bulbs began this morning as details of the annual public lighting ceremony tomorrow night were completed. Broken-in-transit branches on the 105-foot tree – 95 feet of it above ground – have been replaced with good-as-new greenery to shape the tree as beautifully as when it stood in the Fort Lewis reservation.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
November 29, 1987
Top officials at the Department of Health and Human Services are urging President Ronald Reagan to seek repeal of a law that reduces Social Security benefits for elderly people who earn more than $8,160 a year. Otis R. Bowen, the secretary of health and human services, and Dorcas R. Hardy, commissioner of Social Security, say the law punishes people for working and forces many to retire for economic reasons although they would prefer to work.