100 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 8, 1912
“My wife and baby were freezing. I had no money and I could not see them suffer. I went out, not to steal money or anything of great value, but just something with which to keep the fire going. I could not stand to hear them cry.” Such was the explanation this morning given by J.C. Moore, a fireman, who was arrested last night on Jefferson Avenue near 21st Street by Partolman Noose. Noose found Moore at a late hour sneaking up the dark side of the street, a sack of coal on his back. The officer inquired as to where he had obtained the coal but received no satisfactory reply, according to his report. He sent Moore to the station, and the fireman was forced to spend the night in a cell.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 8, 1962
Wilson’s never-say-die Rams rallied strongly in the final three minutes to defeat Olympia 57-56 in a non-league basketball game here last night. The City League quintet was down 51-43 but overtook the Bears with a minute remaining. Consecutive baskets by Butch Dunlap, Jeff Hale and Jim McKean gave the Rams a 57-54 lead they never relinquished.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 8, 1987
The Metropolitan Park Board raised fees at Tacoma’s most popular public recreational areas Monday night but shelved a proposal to seek voter approval of a levy to increase property tax rates. In a bid to stave off future budget shortfalls and cuts, the board agreed instead to investigate winning state permission to increase the sales tax in Pierce County, possibly to 8 percent. The board also directed district staff to figure a way to charge persons living outside district boundaries more than those residing in Tacoma and Pierce County. Such a system could lessen future rate increases for residents.