100 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 28, 1912
The four-masted British bark Torrisdale went aground near Westport jetty early this morning in a terrific storm which swept the Pacific Coast. Her captain and crew of 30 men were saved by the lifesaving crew of the Westport station. The Torrisdale lies more than an eighth of a mile from the surf, heeled ever on her side.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 28, 1962
Tacoma’s School Board last night gave Dr. Angelo Giaudrone a $1,000 salary increase for next year, and added another $1,000 for the next year after that. The increase brings his annual salary to $22,500 beginning next fall, and it will go up to $23,500 for the succeeding two years. Board Chairman Dave Tuell said it has been traditional to keep his salary close to that of the city manager, and his now is $22,800. It was the third year of Giaudrone’s contract, and the board had determined earlier to review the salary in the third year.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 28, 1987
A dramatic upswing in juvenile crime has prompted the Pierce County Council and the county executive to beef up the detention staff at Remann Hall. Not only is the number of crimes committed by those under 18 increasing, but also more of the crimes are of a serious nature, according to Steve Johnston, Remann Hall administrator. Juvenile Court records show the number of individuals admitted to Remann Hall for crimes against persons – ranging from simple assault to homicide – increased from 524 in 1984 to 808 in 1985 and 926 in 1986, he said. That’s a 76 percent jump. Remann Hall’s population of 80 includes four individuals charged with homicide, including Michael E. Harris, 16, and Barry Massey, 14, who are awaiting trial in Pierce County Superior Court on charges of murdering a Steilacoom marina owner last January.