100 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 27, 1912
Telephone business in the city of Tacoma increased in the year 1912 to date more than three times what it did in 1911, and the number of additional subscribers, taking the usual scale employed by the telephone company, indicates that the population of Tacoma increased more than 11,000 since Jan. 1, 1912. Another indication of this heavy advance in population is given by the numbers of outgoing letters and cards that went through the canceling machine at the post office during the holiday season.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 27, 1962
Residents of 31 acres begged last night to be annexed to Fircrest, but the Town Council turned them down, at least temporarily. It was an annexation situation with a different twist. Usually towns and cities are looking for ways to expand and take in more people and territory. And it’s the dwellers in the woods outside the city who won’t cooperate. Last night, however, 25 persons representing a 31-acre area with a population of 120, jammed the small Fircrest Council Chambers to plead for union with Fircrest. The petitioners for annexation declared in effect that they didn’t care what it cost them, they wanted to be in Fircrest. They said they wanted Fircrest water, sewers, sidewalks, streets, lights and recreational opportunities.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 27, 1987
’Twas the day after Christmas and all through the mall, folks were returning, buying, a shopping free-for-all. While Clement C. Moore won’t rise from the grave to write a sequel, the day after Christmas drew many shoppers to the malls to hunt for end-of-the-year bargains or to return the gift that wasn’t just right. At Toys R Us, a line for returns would stretch from the cash register out the door and down the front of the building where customers waited in the frosty morning air.