100 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 15, 1913
With flags and bunting flying from the highest parts of the mammoth steel structure, a band playing national and popular airs, addresses by the governor of the state and the mayor of the city, and to the cheers and hand clapping of hundreds, the ceremonies celebrating the completion of Tacoma’s new $600,000 bridge across the city waterway began this afternoon with an automobile parade at 2 o’clock and ended with the formal christening by Miss Enola McIntyre.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 15, 1963
Tacoma City Light took in $16.5 million in 1962, an increase of 7.7 per cent over the preceding year. But operating expenses were up nearly 20 per cent. These facts highlighted City Lights annual financial report given to members of the Utility Board this week by City Light Supt. J.D. Ferguson. Low stream flows during the early part of the year held down production from City Light’s Nisqually and Skokomish River generating plants by some 274 million kilowatt-hours, Ferguson reported.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 15, 1988
Several women’s rights groups plan to picket City Hall Tuesday in protest of a City Council resolution that would shelve a pay equity plan for 2,500 municipal employees. “This resolution is a moral and ethical outrage. The city’s leaders are trying to drag us back to the 18th century,” said Harriet Amato, president of The League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County. Organizers said the council should kill the resolution and institute the policy of comparable worth, which, they said, promotes pay equality and seeks to end sex discrimination in the workplace. “Maybe it will take a demonstration to get folks to understand that,” said Councilman Harold Moss. Moss and Councilwoman Karen Vialle are outspoken supporters.