100 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 26, 1913
Commissioner Woods and City Engineer Raleigh, who have been looking for $60,000, which was saved on last year’s budget for the public works department, were enlightened on the subject this morning by City Controller Meads, who said the general fund had been “robbed” of $88,270 during the last year by the light and water fund and that the $60,000 was contained in that hem. Woods said he would like to have some of the money to go ahead with the work for which it was allowed, but “guessed he would never get it now.”
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 26, 1963
A lamb-like February is giving Puyallup Valley daffodil farmers a lion-sized worry. The harvest of daffodil buds is nearly two weeks later than it was last year. Growers in the Puyallup Valley, which produces one-fourth of the nation’s supply of daffodils for the fresh-flower market, will not harvest any buds in February. A year ago they were able to start the harvest this same week, as the month of February ebbed away. Francis Chervenka of Sumner, bulb grower and chairman of the Washington State Bulb Commission, says the local daffodil bud harvest will not start until about March 10.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 26, 1988
Some 117,000 pounds of ice will be leaving the Port of Tacoma on a ship today bound for – get this – Fairbanks, Alaska. Fairbanks? Where the temperature this time of year usually is no higher than 14 degrees? That’s right. Doug Watson, salesman for Rainier Cold Storage and Ice in Seattle, gets credit for making the sale. But truth be known, he didn’t have to twist anybody’s arm. “I was contacted about two weeks ago by the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce,” said Watson. ” “We need it to do ice sculpture,” explained Becky Bacon, spokeswoman for the Chamber of Commerce.