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.
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.