100 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 1, 1913
What is alleged to be evidence of fraud in the vote on constable appeared in the recount of the ballot from the 5th precincts of the 5th ward this morning. J.J. Price, candidate on the Republican ticket, was credited with 98 votes, while Fred Shaw and George Ashby, also on the Republican ticket, had only 27 and 24 votes respectively. The ballots included straight Republican, Democrat, Socialist and Progressive, nearly every one of which was marked with a vote for Price. The cross in the square opposite Price’s name appeared on some ballots not to have been made with the same pencil with which other marks on the ballot were made. Charles O. Westcott, called attention to the ballots and objected to counting them on the ground that evidence of fraud were clear. Judge Card agreed with Westcott but ruled that the ballots be counted and passed on later.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 1, 1963
Tacoma wound up its 1962 weather year last night with just 34.94 inches of rain. The total was under the 35.20-inch normal for the first time in several years. If it hadn’t been for November and its 10.8 inches, through, Rand and McNally would be coloring Tacoma brown on their next new maps. The monsoons came the week of Nov. 18-25, when more than six inches of water fell from the skies and landed in The News Tribune’s rain gauge.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 1, 1988
A type of gopher found only in the Roy area may find much of its small prairie home churned into a gravel pit. That could mean the Roy pocket gopher will meet the same fate as that of its cousin, the Tacoma pocket gopher, which is now extinct. Concerns about the Roy gopher’s fate could set the stage for a classic confrontation over the rights of an obscure species vs economic development.