Hollywood at Fort Lewis

Shell damaged cathedral on set of "The Patent Leather Kid" located at Camp (Fort) Lewis; photographed on April 14, 1927. Desperate German soldiers would hole up in the church that they had attempted to previously destroy. American troops and massive tanks would rout the enemy from the church cemetery although suffering losses by sniper fire…
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Ready, Set, Go!

Mrs. Lou Miller, principal and track coach of Ruston (grade) School, raises her gun to start her three students off running. The boys were practicing for the April, 1928 county grade school meet at Spanaway. Richard Anderson, farthest left, was entering his first meet. Donald Nevers (also spelled Neuens in the News Tribune article) and…
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Tom Thumb Gets Married

On April 16, 1937, St. Paul Methodist Church held a double "Tom Thumb" wedding to raise funds for their missionary society. "Tom Thumb" weddings were held in the early 1900's as a social event; they were recreations of the 1863 wedding of P.T. Barnum's most famous attraction, the midget Charles Stratton (exhibited as Gen. Tom…
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Dick Keniston

The most promising of the 1941 Lincoln High School sprinters was Dick Keniston. The powerful runner was better than six feet tall and weighed in at 200 pounds. Dubbed the "big blond bullet" by the Lincolnian yearbook, he ran the 220-yard dash in 22.7, which was then an exceptional time for early season sprinting. He…
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USS U.S. Grant

Enhanced for a better copy on the front page of the March 24, 1938 Tacoma Times, welcoming planes from Fort Lewis have been superimposed over the U.S. Grant transport ship arriving in Commencement Bay. The transport was crowded with 1235 officers and men from the 15th U.S. Infantry, their wives and children returning from China…
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Skipping into Spring

These Washington Elementary School students are enjoying the coming of Spring in March 1939. They are now just a hop, skip and jump from the carefree pleasures of summer. Skipping rope are, left to right, Charlotte Ann Nelson, Beverly Grace Richardson, and Grace Loudin. Neighbor Billy Myers (age 12) sits on his bicycle observing the…
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Alligator Wishes

On March 14, 1966 Lisa Long calmly held a three-year-old alligator as she prepared to put it into the tiled pool located at the foot of the winding staircase next to the Bon Marche (now Macy’s) in the Tacoma Mall. The reptile was "dressed" in a small, hand-knitted red turtleneck sweater; his mouth was tied…
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