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Question:

My grandparents owned a restaurant on the Tacoma Tide Flats from 1932 – 1980 (approximately). It was called “Eddy’s Café” before it was called the Treasure Chest and also JJ’s. If anyone has any memorabilia from Eddy’s Café, I sure would like to speak with you
Thank you, Patricia

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Question:

My husband and I own a vintage tugboat that was commissioned by the Vermont Marble Company and built in Tacoma circa 1926 as VERMARCO (now LEOTA ROSE). We are looking for any historical information about the ship builders, the boat and Vermont Marble's business connection to the Northwest and Alaska. Thank you, Debbie

Answer:

Debbie - Thank you for visiting Tacoma Historical Society website. Tacoma’s shipbuilding industry was well-established by the 1920’s, having been actively involved in building naval vessels for WWI. There were no less than 2 dozen shipyards active during the war, but a few did cease operations or moved to Seattle after the armistice. The good news is ~ that narrows the list a bit to find the builder of your vessel.

Question:

Dear Friends,
I am writing to you in the hopes that you may be able to help me in my search for information about the first Church of England missionary in our part of Manitoba, a Rev. Thomas Neil Wilson. Read more

Answer:

Felix - thank you for contacting Tacoma Historical Society.
From Tacoma Public Library: St. Peter's Church still holds services today. Very little information exists on Rev. Wilson, as he was only here for a couple of years. He is listed 1890 and 1891 city directories, as the Reverend at St. Peter's and in the 1892 directory it states, "moved to Roseburg, Ore." after his name. The censuses may be useful to determine if he had children.

Question:

Hi,

I have a question about the Tacoma Home Guard. I have a round lapel pin about ∏ inch across that has crossed rifles in the center. An image of the American flag is centered at the top with three letters, T; H; G (Tacoma Home Guard?) at the left, right, and centered at the bottom. The person I got it from said an older gentleman had come into his coin shop with three of these saying that his grandfather had been a member at the turn of the century. I have tried to find information through the internet and the Lacey Timberline Library but find no reference to this organization. I will check the Ft. Lewis Museum and visit the armory in downtown Tacoma. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Mel

Answer:

The Tacoma Home Guard was a Civil Defense group ~ an active group in Tacoma was formed when mobs started rounding up the Chinese for the expulsion in 1886. There were also groups in other cities. There is no way for us to tell what era the pin came from, however it seems likely that the owner was a member of a Civil Defense group here in Tacoma. In our Image Archives, there are 3 pictures of a ranking member of the group at an event at the Woodbrook Hunt Club. 

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Jody Gripp, Special Collections/Northwest Room, Tacoma Public Library

From Tom Stenger: Checking the Washington National Guard HQ at Camp Murray may be better. They have an official published history. Tacoma provided much of the American troops in what we call the Philippine Insurrection (the War for Philippine Independence) under Col. William Fife but I think a different name was used. It also could be a free-standing military club or group, not uncommon then, like with a drill corps marching in parades. Rifles may help date it. If it's not a lapel pin, it could be a uniform insignia to be place on a generic uniform.

 

Question:

Can you tell me how the downtown of Tacoma has developed and what's given it its economic success in the last 10 years? Thanks. Michael, Corning, IA

Answer:

Michael, thank you for contacting Tacoma Historical Society.
 
This is a fun question. It is definitely one of those I could send out to our members, and you'd get a slightly different opinion from each person. It is far from a simple, linear history. I will attempt to give you my answer, but I'm going to send this out to a few other people, and give them the opportunity to add to the answer.
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Question/Research Assistance:

Hello. I am currently conducting research for the Smithsonian National Postal Museum on the travels of Owney, a dog who was the mascot of the Railway Mail Service during the years 1888-1897. Owney made several visits to Tacoma, and received tags from various people/organizations during his time there. Additionally, I believe Tacoma to be both the starting and the ending point for Owney’s trip around the world in 1895. To construct a cohesive timeline of Owney’s travels, I need sources such as newspaper articles, tags that Owney received, photographs, etc. Digital sources may be directed to BarclayR@si.edu, or mail to Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum c/o Rachel Barclay, 2 Massachusetts Ave NE, MRC 570 PO Box 37012, Washington DC 20013-7012.  I can be reached at 202-633-0022. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Rachel Barclay

Question:

Going through a friend’s old books,
we found a “History of Pierce Country
Washington W.P. Bonney Vol. 1
Illustrated.” Who would we contact to
find out more about the book?
It’s in good shape, considering how old it is.
Thank you for your time. Mike

Answer:

William Pierce Bonney's History of Pierce County is a three-volume work, issued in 1927.
 Bonney was born in 1856 in Steilacoom, to which his family had fled during the Indian War. Bonney Lake is named for his father, Sherwood Bonney. In the 1880s W.P. Bonney had a drugstore on Pacific Avenue. The firm became quite large before it folded in the Panic of 1893. Later W.P. Bonney became secretary of the Washington State Historical Society. In Tacoma, Its History and Builders Herbert Hunt had this to say about him: “William P. Bonney succeeded Mr. Gilstrap as secretary of the historical society. He has added much to the orderliness of the institution and to its precious museum. He brings to the work an intimate knowledge of the pioneer days, and a great earnestness.”
 
From Jody Gripp, SpecialBulletin_Board2 Collections/Northwest Room

Question:

Hello. I have two pictures of Roberta Cahoon. Both have a photographer's label that says "Peterson Studio-Tacoma."  One is dated July 14, 1922 and Roberta appears to be about 8 or 9 years old. The other is dated December, 1932 and appears to be high school senior picture. It has a small symbol that says "SHS." Do you have any suggestions on how we might determine who she is and whether she still has any relatives in that area? Thanks for your help. Ethel

Answer:

Dear Ethel, Often we struggle to find anything on someone, but Roberta was rather well known. Her last name is spelled Cohoon. Her father, Robert M., was from Pennsylvania, mother Martha was born in New York, according to the 1920 census, (when Roberta was 6). In the Stadium High School 1932 yearbook, she was named the “Prettiest and Best Dressed girl.” She was the Queen of Tacoma in 1934. http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org
/images/dt6n.asp
Her father was a foreman at the Shaffer Box Company. In 1932, the family resided at 3405 N. 8th Street. She went on to marry Fritz Haines, a local businessman.
Jody Gripp, Special Collections/Northwest Room, Tacoma Public Library

Question:

Hello! My company recently moved into the old Walker Chevrolet building. I've been researching the history of the building via the Tacoma Public Library photo archives. It appears that Walker Chevrolet opened in October 1933. I made a discovery in the attic that suggests there was a dealership there by another name before Walker. A concrete wall splits the bulding in half. On the concrete wall, in the attic, is a name. Three words, the second and third being "MOTOR" and "COMPANY." The first word is only four letters, but the letters are nearly covered by a giant beam. The bottom of the letters suggest A L L L or A L L E. Any idea what dealer might have occupied this building prior to Walker? Thank you for your time. Trevor

Answer:

Trevor - The first occupant of 633 Division Ave. was the Allen Motor Co. The building was started in 1925 and the Allen Motor Co. opened in Feb. 1926.  They sold Hudson-Essex and Studebakers. Walker Chevrolet moved into the building in late 1933. The Allen Motor Co. built an annex at 629-31 Division Ave. in 1929. This was later occupied by the Packard Tacoma Co.,
followed by the Bradley Motor Co. The section of this building at 618-20 No. 1st St. was converted into the Stadium Market in 1931.

Tacoma Public Library's Pierce County Buildings Index. This is a separate database from the Photography/Images Archive. Both databases can be found at: www.tacomapubliclibrary.org  

Question:

I'm looking for information on the two men who began the Allenmore Golf Course in 1935: Sam Allen and D W Dinsmore. Thank you, Jeff.

Answer:

From Tacoma Public Library
Allen, Samuel
NHPN, Vol.2, p.193
News-Tribune 11/19/1930.
TNT 1/18/1963 Obit (il)
Tac. Review 9/19/1973 Owner of Allen Lubrication Co. until the early 1920's, when he sold out and with his partner, William Dinsmore, built the Allenmore Golf Course. The men constructed a 9 hole course on the land where the Elks Club is now located and another 9-hole course across the street (the present back nine). In the late 1940's Dinsmore sold his interest in the 208-acre site to Allen, who then built what is now the first nine. Allenmore used to hold the Allenmore Open, which attracted Byron Nelso and other famed golfers of the era. Our clippings files contain several articles about the 1931 course opening and when it was sold to the Elks in 1955.

Question:

I was wondering if anyone knows who originally built and owned the house at 1220 S L Street in Tacoma?  I am looking for any information on that address. Thank you, Blynn

Answer:

The house at 1220 So. L St. was built in 1910 for Oscar F. & Marie Moberg. There is brief  mention of Oscar Moberg taking out the building permit in the Tacoma Daily Ledger 6/26/1910 p.38. Oscar F. Moberg operated the "Tonic Saloon" at 1110 So. 11th St. He was born in Sweden in about 1868. Wife Marie (also known as Mary) was born in Sweden about 1879. Oscar F. Moberg died in Tacoma on 3/27/1934. He obituary appeared in the Tacoma Daily Ledger 3/28/1934 p.8  He died at the house. Marie Moberg remained at 1220 So. L St. after his death.  She stayed in the house until 1942.  Brian Kamens, Tacoma Public Library, Northwest Room

Past 'Questions and Answers'

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  •  Gregory Furniture Manufacturing Company
  • Northwest Chair Company in South Tacoma
  • Cartens’ Home in Tacoma’s North End Neighborhood 
  • Grandparents’ Wedding on the Radio

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  • Where on Gee Street (AKA Park Heights) was the original Annie Wright?
  • Was there ever a hospital on Star Street in the North end of Tacoma?
  • Was my old, ornate oak ice box with the brass label "TACOMA ICE. CO."made by them?
  • A question about the November 28, 1952 plane crash in Tacoma.

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  •  Mave Olds’ electric car
  • The Wild Hotel
  • Landers Grocery
  • Bromley’s Fight at Tacoma Field, Pierce County Airport
  • Boats and caskets ~ 1960 Bantam boat
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