100 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 24, 1912
More than $1,300 was added to the Pierce County Anti-Tuberculosis League treasury by the children of Tacoma in the three weeks that the Red Cross seal campaign was carried on. Today the accounts of the little venders of stickers were gone over and a balance struck which shows exactly $1,302.39 added to the working power of the league through the energy of the young people of the city. Of this amount $54.30 was the result of the work of Alice Watson, the 10-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Watson, 2611 Starr St.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 24, 1962
Attempts to modernize, change or repeal the archaic 1909 Blue Law are made at practically every session of the state Legislature, but the one coming up probably will be the most concentrated of all. Already formed is the impressive Citizens Committee to Save Sunday for the Family headed up by Clayton Peterson of Pacific Lutheran University. The committee is not primarily religious but basically commercial in nature. Downtown merchants and grocery chain operators have felt the pinch of the Sunday opening of their competitors, and many claim if they have to remain open on Sundays to compete, prices will have to go up to meet the overhead.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 24, 1987
Two Fircrest council members said it appears likely town officials will investigate charges that Mayor Larry Cavanaugh used public services and equipment for private purposes. Cavanaugh on Dec. 8 announced an inquiry, but did not specify who would conduct the investigation or when it would be completed. He pledged that if the investigation turned up wrongdoing, corrective action would be taken. But Fircrest council member Harold Koenig said the town may never check into statements about the mayor made by three town employees because the state auditor is expected to review the situation next year. Another council member, who asked not to be named, also said no in-house inquiry was likely. “How can you investigate yourself?” the member asked.