100 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 15, 1912
“First aid is all right for our small bruises, but nothing will cure us but votes for all.” Thus sang 25 suffragettes as they started on their 140-mile walk to Albany, N.Y., to deliver to New York Gov. William Sulzer on his inauguration day a message for the cause of woman suffrage. Clad in sweaters, Mackinaws, short skirts and high boots, and heated by a woman beating on a snare drum, the marchers left Van Cortland Park on the outskirts of the city shortly after 9 a.m. Sympathizers of both sexes were on hand and cheered lustily when the leader of the pilgrimage, Miss Rosalie Jones– “Gen. Jones,” as she is called by her fellow suffragettes – gave its order, “Forward, march!”
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 15, 1962
McLean & Co. Inc. of Tacoma, bidding with National Bank of Commerce of Seattle; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith; Seattle Trust & Savings Bank and Charles N. Tripp Co. of Portland, was the low bidder on purchase of $400,000 in general obligation bonds issued by the Kent School District. The effective interest rate was 2.79 per cent. The bonds are from two years to 15 years.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 15, 1987
At a legislative hearing recently to investigate the firing of Lyle Quasim, the former director of the state division of mental health said he thought the message sent to the minority community was to stay away from state government “if you are competent and want to do a good job.” Quasim, who was one of the highest ranking blacks in state government, was direct and forceful in his testimony before the joint legislative panel called by Republican Sen. Alex A. Deccio of Yakima to look into Quasim’s firing. Deccio, chairman of the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee, said he plans to issue a report from the testimony to the Legislature.