100 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 16, 1913
With the 500-foot addition to the Milwaukee Oriental docks but recently completed, the old and new Milwaukee Oriental warehouses are filled with outgoing freight and it is necessary of O.S.K. steamers, arriving from the Orient to discharge inward cargo at the Guthrie dock, across the channel from the Milwaukee Oriental wharfs. Practically 1,500 feet of Oriental dock space is being used by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railway.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 16, 1963
Washington state dentists stepped into the Space Age here yesterday and they saw: A dental drill that floats on air and whirls at the fantastic speed of 600,000 revolutions a second; a dental chair that reclines like a lounge and even includes a vibrator to relax the patient; an electric machine that amalgamates alloys for fillings automatically and required loading but once a day; and a vacuum porcelain furnace that virtually eliminates the need to show gold in front teeth and makes a near-perfect bond between porcelain and gold.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 16, 1988
Simpson Tacoma Kraft Co. will invest nearly $27 million this year in a pulp bleach plant designed to cut pollution and dramatically reduce water consumption, the company announced. The new facility will replace a 51-year-old pulp bleach plat at Simpson’s Tacoma Tideflats mill. It is expected to reduce the amount of polluting effluent released into Commencement Bay, cut plant water usage by a million gallons a day and increase the mill’s capacity to produce higher-priced bleached paper products, said Patrick Hassett, Simpson executive vice president. “This investment reaffirms Simpson’s commitment to maintain the Tacoma Kraft mill’s competitiveness and the job security of our 600-plus employees,” said Hassett.