100 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 1, 1913
More public entertainments, both for the resident of Tacoma and the stranger within her gates, will do as much as anything else to enhance the growth of Tacoma and spread the city’s fame abroad, is the opinion of Garrett Fisher, of the Stone-Fisher company and president of the Tacoma Carnival association. “People like to be entertained and the tourist looking for a place to spend his money will go where there is something doing,” Mr. Fisher said. “I would like to see our splendid Stadium used more for the public benefit instead of being held as if it was a private enterprise. The people paid for the Stadium; let’s throw it open for their benefit.” 50 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 1, 1963
Tacoma reigned today as the balmiest spot in the state of Washington – the only area sans snow. Elsewhere it is awful, but thanks to 0.73 inches of rain yesterday Tacoma was washed clean of the white stuff that still is bothering other neighboring areas, such as Seattle, which had 2 inches last night. East of the Cascades, heavy snow fell and disrupted travel.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 1, 1988
A barge filled with 378,000 gallons of thick bunker oil sank in Rosario Strait four miles west of Anacortes on Sunday morning and a leak was detected after an oil sheen covered the water, authorities said. Roy Compton of the Coast Guard said the initial sheen was from “less than 1,000 gallons” of lubricating oil and other petroleum products that had been on the deck of the Olympic Tug and Barge vessel. Murky water and strong currents prevented divers from determining the extent of a bunker oil leak that was detected in the late afternoon, and a more sophisticated diving team was summoned, said Bruce Pimental of the Coast Guard.