100 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 11, 1913
That a street railway line will be built across the 11th street bridge and over the Tideflats as far as Sitcum Avenue, providing the voters favor a bond issue to furnish funds for construction, was decided late yesterday by the City Council in an executive meeting following an open session attended by manager Bean of the TR&P company and about 50 representatives of improvement clubs. The issue will be put before the people at an election this spring, according to Mayor Seymour.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 11, 1963
An 11 a.m. spot check by the Pierce County Auditor’s Office showed the “lowest turnout ever” in today’s Tacoma School Board primary election. County Auditor Jack Sonntag had predicted a “tremendously light” turnout at the polls to select the finalists for two Tacoma School Board positions. Today he spot-checked the usual 11 precincts his office uses and found by 11 a.m. that the highest precinct showed 14 ballots cast and the lowest only three. Sonntag called results of the spot check “the lowest ever.” He said that if the trend continued, the election would be “lucky to draw 25 percent of the voters.”
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 11, 1988
Tacoma, which in recent years has lured the two biggest shipping lines in the Alaskan trade away from Seattle, soon may go on the prowl again for another longtime Seattle waterfront regular: the Alaska ferry system. Ryan Petty, president of the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board, acknowledged that the board is interested in getting the Alaska Marine Highway System to move its Puget Sound ferry terminal to Tacoma. “We’re interested in the possibilities, but we’re still in the preliminary stages,” Petty said.