100 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 10, 1913
The state Legislature is in a pretty serious fix. The Hughes Allen land-owning bill is responsible, but the objections to it voiced by Secretary of State Philander C. Knox is not the entire trouble. The new difficulty is an outgrowth of the telegram sent by Mr. Knox to Gov. Lister. It is a product of the old political rivalry between republicans and democrats that puts the legislators between two fires.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 10, 1963
Frederic Beek’s grandfather’s clock was a present from Abraham Lincoln. And it stopped short, never to run again, when Beek’s mother died. The French clock, made of marble, and an occasional chair were given as a wedding present by Lincoln to Maj. James C. Angley, a military aide on Lincoln’s staff. Beek, Angley’s grandson, has loaned the clock to the Washington State Historical Society for showing this month in connection with the observance of Lincoln’s birthday. Ordinarily the cock and the chair are part of Beek’s home at 1310 N. Fifth St., which is furnished entirely in early American furniture handed down through several generation of the family.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 10, 1988
A bill raising the state minimum wage squeaked off the House floor Tuesday and headed for the Senate, where it faces an uncertain future. The vote to approve the bill was 52-45. When the measure reaches the Senate, the Republican majority is expected to reduce the House’s $4.24 an hour wage to $3.35. “That’s when we’ll start to negotiate,” said House Speaker Joe King, D-Vancouver, who made the increase a priority for the Democrats. Many lawmakers criticized the current wage of $2.30 an hour as “a moral disgrace.” Others said any increase shouldn’t exceed the federal minimum wage of $3.35. A few complained that any government-imposed minimum wage is bad.