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100 YEARS AGO TO­DAY

Jan. 13, 1919: A re­al­iza­tion of the mag­ni­tude of the op­er­a­tion of the draft has been forcibly brought to the at­ten­tion of the lo­cal ex­emp­tion board by the com­pi­la­tion of fig­ures cov­er­ing the records of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual board through­out the coun­try. It is es­ti­mated that it will re­quire 1,000 cars to carry the draft records of the United States to the na­tional cap­i­tal and the records con­tain­ing the fil­ing cases four to a stack, will make a solid line 50 miles in length. The war records of over 23,000,000 men are in­volved.

50 YEARS AGO TO­DAY

Jan. 13, 1969: County Com­mis­sioner Harry Sprinker, who over the past 20 years has gained a rep­u­ta­tion for not get­ting emo­tion­ally in­volved in is­sues that came be­fore him, slipped a lit­tle Sun­day when more than 400 friends turned out for his re­tire­ment party at She­wood Inn. Sprinker, his voice husky with emo­tion, and fight­ing back tears, gave his farewell speech after re­ceiv­ing an all­ex­penses paid trip for him and his wife, Pearl, to Honolulu, Hawaii.

25 YEARS AGO TO­DAY

Jan. 13, 1994: Gov.

Mike Lowry said he’s afraid any cam­paign over anti-gay rights ini­tia­tives could re­sult in blood­shed, and he wants to keep the mea­sures off the bal­lot. The gov­er­nor Wed­nes­day urged vot­ers not to sign ei­ther of the bal­lot mea­sures filed with the state on Mon­day. “I think it’s time for com­ing to­gether to op­pose the im­ported dis­crim­i­na­tion be­ing brought into the state,” Lowry said. “The peo­ple of this state will tol­er­ate many things, but they will not tol­er­ate in­tol­er­ance.” Lowry, U.S. Sen. Patty Mur­ray and U.S. Rep Mike Krei­dler (D-Lacey) were among dozens of elected of­fi­cials and com­mu­nity lead­ers who came out Wed­nes­day in op­po­si­tion to the ini­tia­tives.

Richards Stu­dio Col­lec­tion, Ta­coma Pub­lic Li­brary, 253-292-2001

One of the worst bliz­zards in Ta­coma’s his­tory hit Fri­day, Jan. 13, 1950, caus­ing over $1 mil­lion in dam­ages. The Bayview Apart­ments at 3825 Rus­ton Way had to be evac­u­ated after a log boom crashed into its pil­ings.

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