100 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 12, 1913
With ceremonies in accord with the impressive ritual of the order, the cornerstone of the $25,000 Masonic home of the jurisdiction of Washington and Alaska was laid at Puyallup this afternoon. The grand lodge convened in the hall of Corinthian lodge of Puyallup at 2 o’clock and marched to the grounds, where Grand Master Frank N. McCandless officiated. The concrete foundation walls are completed and the contractors, Kelly Brothers of Tacoma, expect to begin laying brick next Monday.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 12, 1963
Fiery incumbent and veteran campaigner J.L. (Jim) Boze apparently nailed down his position No. 1 seat in yesterday’s Tacoma School Board primary election – the lightest election of any kind in the memory of local officials. Incumbent Frank J. Gilihan and PTA leader Mrs. Robert (Betty) Drost won their way to the March 12 final in the race for position No. 2 on the school board.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 12, 1988
A storm-water plan is in the works for the City of Puyallup, and officials want citizens’ comments on the plan, said Larry Werner, director of the city’s Public Works Department. The plan is necessary because more and more land in Puyallup is being covered with impervious surfaces, which don’t absorb rainfall and increase storm-water runoff. That, in turn, places stress on the natural and man-made drainage systems that handle the water. If the problem is not addressed, the runoff will increase flooding and erosion problems, and undercut roads, Werner said. In addition, the excess runoff will dump pollutants into Clarks Creek and the Puyallup River. The storm-water plan will address the engineering, water quality, regulatory and financial aspects of bringing the Puyallup storm-water system up to date, Werner said.