100 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 24, 1913
Orders for the gunboat Vicksburg to steam Monday from Mare Island navy yard for Tacoma, where she will act as one of the training ships of the Washington naval militia in place of the monitor Cheyenne, were issued today, according to dispatches from Vallejo, Cal. The Cheyenne has been at Tacoma more than a year. The order does not say where she will be sent. The Vicksburg is a better sea boat than the Cheyenne and it is expected that she will prove more satisfactory on ocean cruises.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 24, 1963
Plans for construction of new junior colleges would be halted under Gov. Rosellini’s proposed $1.8 billion balanced budget, a state school official said Thursday. Scott Milligan, assistant superintendent of public instruction, said there is not likely to be any money for junior college construction during the 1963-65 biennium unless the Legislature revises the governor’s budget. Ten school districts in the state have made formal applications for new junior colleges, or community colleges, as they are also known. .
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 24, 1988
Jim Ellis stands in the offices of his law firm – Preston, Thorgrimson, Ellis & Holman – high in the upper reaches of Seattle’s Columbia Center. Flattened across the freeway 54 stories below is the new Washington State Convention and Trade Center, looking from this distance like a few chips of green glass stacked on a large block of concrete. Twelve lanes of traffic on Interstate 5 disappear beneath the massive structure and emerge, several seconds later, on the other side. After more than a decade of debate and catastrophic delays, the enormous $157 million project is almost finished. Delegates to the first convention are scheduled to arrive June 19.