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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Kidney Care

Dolores Knight, supervisor of the intensive care unit at St. Joseph Hospital and Dr. John A. Kennedy, chairman of the board of trustees for the Pierce County Chapter of the Northwest Kidney Fund, stand next to a small peritoneal dialysis to publicize the 1972 Kidney Fund drive. The 1972 Kidney Fund drive would run from…
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Traveling in Style

Both the Bon Marche and Rhodes Bros. devoted a corner window display to a Hawaiian theme in late January, 1958. Mannequins are shown against a Diamond Head backdrop dressed in appropriate travel apparel for a journey to the Hawaiian Islands. Travelers were more formally attired in the 1950s than in later years. Women wore hats…
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Soviet Gold

In January of 1935, 9,600 tons of gold bearing ore were removed from the holds of the Soviet freighter "Brandon" by huge iron buckets at the ASARCO refinery in Ruston. In 1935, The Soviet Union did not have a large enough smelter of its own to process the tons of ore being extracted from its…
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Cold Day for a Swim

Famed long-distance swimmer, Bert Thomas, a 275-pound ex-Marine frogman who conquered the Strait of Juan de Fuca, checks the January, 1956, temperature of Puget Sound. Dick Beckman and Betty Jane McGuigan hold a thermometer sign registering 45 degrees. On the night of January 26th, Thomas attempted the first long-distance, cold water, midwinter endurance swim in…
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Basketball for a Cause

Four-year-old Suzy Jo, a student at the Hilltop Day Care Training Center for Mentally Retarded Children, has her eyes fixed on the bouncing ball while three adults kneel behind her in the University of Puget Sound Fieldhouse on January 15, 1969. Mel Jackson, associate director of the Hilltop Multi-Service Center, jubilantly holds aloft two fundraising…
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