100 YEARS AGO TODAY
March 16, 1913
A modern three-story fireproof hotel will be built at Ruston at a cost of about $30,000 by the Pacific Brewing & Maiting company, according to an announcement of William Virges today. Construction will begin at once. The hotel, which will be of brick, will have a 60-foot frontage and will be 100 feet deep. It will contain about 50 rooms. There will hot and cold water in each room.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
March 16, 1963
One of the outstanding scholars of our time, historian Henry Steel Commager, in an address here last night examined the social achievements and failures of the past 75 years, and his verdict was not encouraging to hear. Speaking to a standing-room-only audience at the University of Puget Sound, the Amherst College professor declared that mankind’s high hopes for achieving a more enlightened, progressive and human society have been disappointing. And the blame must rest on all of us, the citizens as well as the social scientists, he said.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
March 16, 1988
Brown lawns may become the symbol of social responsibility this summer if a full-fledged drought afflicts the state, Gov. Booth Gardner said recently. But he said the state now can do little to head off possible drought problems except to allow its own Capitol Campus lawns to turn brown. Gardner also released his Executive Water Emergency Committee’s initial plan to deal with the possible drought. The plan warns drought may bring more forest fires and forest closures; problems for the aluminum, chemical and other industries heavily reliant on water or low-cost electricity; local restrictions on water usage; reduced salmon and steelhead runs in future years; and fewer visitors because the state’s image as a tourist destination could be diminished.