Mother of Mothers

For Mother's Day in 1950, the News Tribune paid special tribute to Mrs. Florence D. Smith, the mother of 10 sons, 4 daughters and grandmother to 29 grandchildren, with a front page article on May 14. The widow of Aldus A. Smith, the minister of Mason Methodist Church for many years, she had made her…
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Can you hear me now?

Lillian Biehner, right, supervisor of Pierce County school nurses, conducts a test on the students' hearing at Ruston School on May 6, 1941. An audiometer, in the suitcase on the right, contains a record player connected to 20 sets of earphones. Children write down the numbers they hear over the recording. Students in the left…
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Spring Cleanup

On May 4, 1948, Pacific Lutheran College students were getting their campus ready for the annual May Fete. These unidentified students were raking in front of Old Main and loading the debris in a wheelbarrow. The May carnival would include many fun filled activities for the students. The highlight of the festivities would be the…
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H. Berger & Sons

April 6, 1935 saw the Grand Opening of the newest H. Berger & Sons grocery store at 8108 South Tacoma Way. In this photograph, the meat market is featured with an unidentified butcher behind the meat counter. During the opening sale, steak was available at 18 cents a pound and ground beef at 10 cents…
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Train Wreck

An automobile collided with a Northern Pacific train near the Shaffer Terminals on Commencement Bay in April 1946. Two people were seriously injured and rushed to Tacoma General Hospital. The train engineer stated that the train was travelling 20 miles per hour, the driver of the car must have felt that they had plenty of…
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The First Tacoma Dome?

Aerial of new Kaiser Dome, part of the Port of Tacoma's 1.6 million dollar bulk storage facility project, taken in late April, 1967. The aluminum sheathed dome would handle alumina under contract with Kaiser Aluminum. The Port expected 40,000 tons of alumina a month shipped from Australia. Long conveyors will transferred the alumina into the…
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Eggcellent Easter!

In March of 1926, three employees at the Washington Co-Operative Egg & Poultry Association Headquarters, (left to right) Mary Zack, Sarah Gruno and Esther Christoferson, demonstrated how to decorate Easter eggs. Sarah Gruno, in the center, is dyeing eggs with natural dyes made from vegetables, such as beets, spinach and coffee. Mary Zack is cutting…
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Prize Bunnies

McCarver second grader Debbie White (left), Central first grader Wendy Wright and McCarver sixth grader Floyd Franklin were photographed in 1968 holding the three bunnies that were given as special prizes at the Easter egg party that was held in Wright Park on the Friday before Easter. The Hilltop Multi-Service Center sponsored the giant Easter…
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Daffodils Afloat!

Golden sunbeams burst onto Puget Sound in April of 1954 as the annual Marine Parade concluded Daffodil Festival activities. Crowds crowded Tacoma's shoreline to see the colorful marine floats. This particular entry had a distinctly tropical theme, with palm trees, flowers and even a hula dancer cutout on display. There were many passengers on board…
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