Local History & Genealogy

Featured Content

Blogpost

Some Things Never Change Some Things Never Change

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
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…
1949, frost damage was common over many miles of Tacoma streets surfaced with oil mat. Some sections were impassable and barricaded. A…
Blogpost

Be My Valentine Be My Valentine

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
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...
Six young girls, daughters of Elk Lodge members, dropped in at Farley's Florists, 2702 Sixth Ave., to enjoy a preview of the decorations...
Blogpost

Fanchon and Marco Road Show Fanchon and Marco Road Show

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Group portrait of actors and actresses at the Broadway Theater in February, 1928. It is possible that this is Fanchon & Marco Road Show #1 from Los Angeles which appeared at the Broadway that February to help celebrate the Broadway's first birthday. The 50-person revue starred...
Group portrait of actors and actresses at the Broadway Theater in February, 1928. It is possible that this is Fanchon & Marco Road Show…
Blogpost

Racing Ronnie Racing Ronnie

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
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...
At the tender age of 18-months, Ronald "Ronnie" Ferch was already roller skating across the hardwood floors in his parent's home. The...
Blogpost

Kidney Care Kidney Care

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
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.…
Dolores Knight, supervisor of the intensive care unit at St. Joseph Hospital and Dr. John A. Kennedy, chairman of the board of trustees…
Blogpost

Traveling in Style Traveling in Style

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
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…
Both the Bon Marche and Rhodes Bros. devoted a corner window display to a Hawaiian theme in late January, 1958. Mannequins are shown…
Blogpost

Soviet Gold Soviet Gold

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
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...
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...
Blogpost

Self Service Food Court Self Service Food Court

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Army personnel could choose from cold and hot snacks at the built-in vending machines at Fort Lewis in January of 1969. Milk, sodas and ice cream were located nearer the right wall and soups and dry snacks on the left. Bright red chairs coupled with turquoise tables provided a…
Army personnel could choose from cold and hot snacks at the built-in vending machines at Fort Lewis in January of 1969. Milk, sodas and…
Blogpost

Cold Day for a Swim Cold Day for a Swim

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
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…
Famed long-distance swimmer, Bert Thomas, a 275-pound ex-Marine frogman who conquered the Strait of Juan de Fuca, checks the January,…
Blogpost

Basketball for a Cause Basketball for a Cause

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
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 o…
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…
Blogpost

One Elephant Went Out to Play... One Elephant Went Out to Play...

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Mrs. Chubb with 5 shelves of elephants from large to small ones from her collection, January 13, 1940. The 1940 City Directory listed a Mrs. Myrtle Chubb, residing at 3905 No. 35th. Her husband William was a mechanic, also residing at the same address was Frances Chubb, art fell…
Mrs. Chubb with 5 shelves of elephants from large to small ones from her collection, January 13, 1940. The 1940 City Directory listed a Mrs…
Blogpost

Who Rules the Roost? Who Rules the Roost?

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Poultry Judge J. H. Nichols faces off with the white Plymouth Rock Rooster that has been declared Grand Champion of the 46th annual Tacoma Poultry Show in January of 1941. Backing up Mr. Nichols are a gang of baby chicks nestling in his lap. The six day show took place January 6…
Poultry Judge J. H. Nichols faces off with the white Plymouth Rock Rooster that has been declared Grand Champion of the 46th annual Tacoma …
Blogpost

Defiance Defiance

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
The new Point Defiance to Gig Harbor ferry, "Defiance." The 180-foot wooden ferry constructed of Douglas fir, with a capacity of 70 cars, was built by the Skansie Shipbuilding Co. in Gig Harbor and started on her Gig Harbor run on April 3, 1927. The new ferry was designed to...
The new Point Defiance to Gig Harbor ferry, "Defiance." The 180-foot wooden ferry constructed of Douglas fir, with a capacity of 70 cars,...
Blogpost

Dancing into the New Year Dancing into the New Year

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Ruth DuCharme and Orville Fuller posed in January of 1926 surrounded by Bill Winder (extreme left) and his Hotel Winthrop Orchestra. The pair was taking part in the Southwest Washington Championship Ho-down Ballroom Charleston competition which kicked off on January 23, 1926. Th…
Ruth DuCharme and Orville Fuller posed in January of 1926 surrounded by Bill Winder (extreme left) and his Hotel Winthrop Orchestra. The pa…
Blogpost

New Year on the Mountain New Year on the Mountain

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Eighteen members of the Mountaineers Club posed for a group portrait before a background of snow-capped trees in late December of 1922. The men and women were at Longmire, in Mount Rainier National Park, even then a popular tourist destination. 160 Mountaineers left Tacoma on De…
Eighteen members of the Mountaineers Club posed for a group portrait before a background of snow-capped trees in late December of 1922. The…
Loading...
Show More
Back to Top