100 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 19, 1912
Trouble with measles in cattle and sheep has been giving the Tacoma stock a deal of tribulation this fall. Certain localities, chiefly the northern states, seem to be most seriously affected, so far as the observations of the buyers have extended. Thomas Carstens, president of the Carstens Packing company, says the government inspectors have condemned from six to 50 sheep and cattle a week during the last thee months at his stockyards. The government services has the disease well in hand, so far as safeguarding the public is concerned, where inspection is enforced.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 19, 1962
Flashing colored lights on the 75 miniature Christmas trees surrounding the County-City Building are bringing out hundreds of sightseers each evening. Some drive past slowly in cars, and others enter the marble-halled building to view the interior decorations. Gratified at comments reaching him, Roy Devish, building superintendent, announced today the myriads of tiny lights will be kept illuminated each day from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. through New Year’s Day.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 19, 1987
Washington apple growers, who have been combing the world for customers for their record-setting crop, are facing the prospect of losing their biggest overseas market, Taiwan. A possible Taiwanese ban on American fruit imports has been raised because of recent protests by fruit growers there. The Far Eastern island nation already closed its doors to all fruit imports except those from the United States. Last week, 3000 farmers marched on the Taiwanese parliament to demand a broader ban. No official action has yet been taken, but Wang You-chao, chairman of the Taiwan Council of Agriculture, told reporters last week the ban will likely be expanded soon to include the United States.