100 YEARS AGO TODAY
March 8, 1913
Within six months, about 200 more men will be employed at the locomotive and car shops of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway company on the tideflats, according to District Master Mechanic Hamilton today. Eventually, the present 768 men employed will be doubled, making about 1,500 on the shop’s payroll. Work on the additions to the shops is progressing rapidly and it is expected the enlarged plant will be ready for operation in all departments in about two months.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
March 8, 1963
A gambling bill that legalizes practically every game of chance but “Ring Around the Rosie” rammed its way through both houses of the Legislature last night by overwhelming margins and made its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. There was some doubt as to whether “Spin the Bottle” would be legal. Games can’t be transferred from one machine to another in the same location. In that game, it occasionally is played on tables, just like poker, roulette, craps, and blackjack, so since this is all that is required, “Spin the Bottle” may be legal.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
March 8, 1988
“I’m driving. I’m not walking up that hill.” Heads turned as Natalie Spann announced her intention. Other members of the congregation of the Allen African Methodist Episcopalian Church had heard such sentiments before. But this Sunday was supposed to be a day of rejoicing as the congregation marched from its old church building at 1415 S. Yakima Ave., to its new home on the corner of South 13th and K streets, vacated last Sunday by the Key to Life Assembly of God. Spann soon dispelled any notions that she was afraid of the neighborhood. Rather, the hill up which the procession was just too steep for her high heels, and the weather was too cold.