100 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 20, 1912
With the purpose of raising funds to place two worthy old ladies in an old people’s home, where they will be cared for the rest of their lives, Mrs. W.H. Miller, 724 North I St., and her sister, Mrs. H.J. Miles, will hold a charity bazaar tomorrow in a vacant storeroom in the Tacoma Theater building. The objects of the enterprise being very sensitive, though extremely grateful for the project which has been launched in their benefit, prefer that their names should not be mentioned. They are lonely old women, left without relatives to care for them in their infirmity, and who find their latter days bereft even of the comforts of choices.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 20, 1962
A dark red ball of celestial fire, described by one Tacoma witness as looking “like a parachute on fire,” plunged into a gravel pit midway between Seattle and Tacoma shortly after midnight. The strange, glowing object was reported to have dug a hole about 15 feet in diameter in the pit of the Midway Sand & Gravel Co. There was no trace of the hole this morning, the muddy area being completely covered with water. Mrs. A.E. Dorcy of 5127 N. 26th St., said she spotted the ball of “white fire” at 12:30 a.m. as she was about to retire.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 20, 1987
How confused is the Republicans’ search for a U.S. Senate candidate? It’s so confused that a rumor that Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Steve Largent was considering entering the race on the GOP side was taken seriously enough to be investigated by the unofficial candidate search leader – U.S. Rep Rod Chandler. Chandler said he was not recruiting the National Football League standout – just finding out who was really on the list of potential candidates and who was not. Largent was not, and he told Chandler so.