Celia Hadley

Mrs. Celia Hadley is seated, wearing an embossed sash, as she posed for her portrait on March 10, 1972. She was the newly elected worthy matron of Olympic Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and would preside over the chapter's meeting on March 23, 1972, in Prince Hall. See more featured images and posts…
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Merry Widow Chorus

In March of 1941 the twelve members of the dancing chorus for Stadium High School's production of "The Merry Widow" posed in a Rockettes-like chorus line. This was the 29th annual production by the school's music department. A large student cast performed for the public from March 13-15 with the colorful costumes, dancing, and glorious…
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Canned Chicken Can Fly!

Lynden's canned chicken and chicken with noodles were among the first Tacoma-made products carried in the inaugural air express service flight from Tacoma on March 1, 1930. Varney Air Lines, piloted by Al Davis, made a brief stop in his large cabin Boeing plane at Mueller-Harkins Airport, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW. R.E. Darling, manager of…
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Worm Farm

The proprietors of Western Worms were believed to be the only women operators of a worm farm in the 1940s. Lee Mason (left) and Harriet Kennedy are shown working in their outdoor worm farm located at 505 East 93rd Street on February 28, 1947. Roy the dog is an interested spectator. The worms, estimated at…
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For Personal Protection

In February of 1949, any woman in Tacoma who felt threatened could protect herself by setting off her hand-held personal alarm. Mrs. Donna Younger and Henry Sandahl, both employees of Fraser's, 912 Broadway, demonstrated the new alarm that would scare the daylights out of law-abiding citizens let alone one who was on the prowl. The…
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Some Things Never Change

1949, frost damage was common over many miles of Tacoma streets surfaced with oil mat. Some sections were impassable and barricaded. A survey of winter damage had been ordered by Public Works Commissioner Jack Roberts preliminary to a request for an emergency appropriation to restore streets. An unidentified man is holding a piece of the…
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Be My Valentine

Six young girls, daughters of Elk Lodge members, dropped in at Farley's Florists, 2702 Sixth Ave., to enjoy a preview of the decorations for the annual Fathers and Daughters' party, scheduled for February 11, 1949. The theme for the anticipated event was Valentine's Day. The girls are, L-R, Charlotte Duncan, Deanne Duncan, Gretchen Roberts, Kathryn…
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Racing Ronnie

At the tender age of 18-months, Ronald "Ronnie" Ferch was already roller skating across the hardwood floors in his parent's home. The toddler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin L. Ferch of 3907 No. 24th, probably qualified as Tacoma's youngest skater. In December, Ronnie had been visited by his older cousins who brought their special…
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