100 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 4, 1913
A census of the city of Tacoma’s population may be taken under the direction of the municipal commissioners with the expressed intention of finding out if the municipality is in the 100,000 class. The motion to make the count was put by Commissioner of Finance Freeland at this morning’s session of the council. It was opposed by Mayor Seymour, but apparently favored by all other councilmen. Two large bond-buying firms have requested it. 50 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 4, 1963
The administration will ask Congress to raise the pay of active-duty servicemen and reservists an average of 14.4 per cent. The estimated annual cost of the proposed pay increase – first for servicemen since 1958 – is about $1.75 billion. About four million persons would share in the boost. President John F. Kennedy has given his approval to the plan, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara said yesterday in a statement to a news conference, and it will be submitted to Congress this month.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 4, 1988
In hindsight, it’s easy to pick out the hits and recognize the flops of the Tacoma-area real estate scene for 1987. There was some dynamic progress demonstrated by developments such as the 12-story Frank Russell Co. building downtown, expanded warehouse and distribution complexes in Fife and Auburn, the additional of Lamonts to the remodeled Highland Hills Shopping Center and the planned $40 million Green apartment complex in Northeast Tacoma. But the 1987 Street of Dreams, the luxury home show planned by the Building Industry Association of Tacoma/Pierce County, turned into a fiasco. The event, scheduled for the Canterwood subdivision near Gig Harbor, was canceled altogether after a series of delays.