Ms. Downtown Tacoma

In June of 1978, ten young women representing various downtown businesses vied for the title of Ms. Downtown Tacoma. One contestant would be selected to succeed Catherine Packer, 1977's title holder, who was a University of Puget Sound graduate employed by Jeremy's Restaurant. From L-R are: Jane Treleven of Gunderson's Jewelry, Teresa Harris of Union…
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Playing for Real

Scenes from Tacoma Little Theater's production of Robert Sherwood's "Petrified Forest." The play opened June 5, 1939 and was the final offering of the 1939 theatrical season. The play starred Jane Richter, Herman Huseby and Merle Bennett. The realistic set was designed by Erich Richter. The realism carried over to the props, with the actors…
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Ben-Dew’s

The interior of Ben-Dew's Patio Cafe on Sixth Avenue provided a cozy, rustic atmosphere for dining on the restaurant's well-advertised fried chicken in May, 1954. Up to 60 customers could sit on bar stools resembling logs, paneled booth seating, or regular tables. Lanterns hung from long horizontal poles in the ceiling. The building had formerly…
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Ladies for the YWCA

In May of 1927, the leaders in the Y.W.C.A. building campaign posed around a poster advertising the fund raising drive that would kick off on May 23rd. The women are, front row (l to r); Daisy (Mrs. A.R.) Warren, Mabelle (Mrs. F.A.) Leach, and Mrs. George G. Wagner. Back row (l to r); Nora (Mrs…
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Mother’s Day Gift

Tacoma distance swimmer Bert Thomas is embraced by his mother, Nadine (Mrs. Fred) Dimond at the end of his swim from West Seattle to Old Tacoma in May, 1956. Thomas swam the 18.5 miles in 15 hours, 23 minutes. He was determined to complete the swim on his third try as a belated Mother's Day…
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