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Series: BOLAND Image#: B24079 Date: 09-10-1931
Former heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey (at left) posed with Allen Motor Co. president Harold A. Allen (center) and Mr. Dempsey's manager, Leonard Sacks, on September 10, 1931, at the Union Station, 1717 Pacific Avenue. A new Studebaker President eight brougham, courtesy of Allen Motors, is ready for Mr. Dempsey, per his request. The boxer customarily drove a Studebaker at home and asked to be transported in one while in Tacoma. He was in town for the Junior League Milk Fund Benefit which would earmark proceeds towards the purchase of milk for undernourished children at Tacoma Public Schools. Mr. Dempsey was the star attraction for the September 10th event which was held outdoors at Stadium Bowl. Photograph ordered by Allen Motor Co. TPL-678 (TNT 8-28-31, p. 1-article; T. Times 9-12-31, p. 9)
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Series: TPL Image#: 6918 Date: ca. 1933
Retiring Northern Pacific Stationmaster at office Union Station with his hand on the lever of the switchboard. Photograph ordered by the News Tribune.
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Series: TPL Image#: 2144 Date: ca. 1904
The Northern Pacific Railroad built a passenger station at 1701 Commerce Street in its western terminus city in 1883. By 1892, Tacoma had become a major West Coast city; this prompted the railroad to relocate its industrial repair shops to South Tacoma and move the station to the shops' former site on Pacific Avenue, shown here. Tacomans were outraged when NP President Henry Villard refused to build a grand station to complement the city's cosmopolitan architecture and disdainfully referred to the small building as the "Villard Depot". It was finally demolished in 1909 and replaced with the present Union Depot structure.
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Series: G36.1 Image#: 209 Date: 03-05-1926
The stars of the future Weaver Productions, Inc. motion picture "Totem Pole Beggar" arrived at Tacoma's Union Depot on March 5, 1926. The movie was scheduled to begin filming at the H.C. Weaver studio near Titlow Beach on March 8. H.C. Weaver, studio head, is in the back row, third from the right. In the back row are George F. Whitcomb, Louis von Weithoff, Tom Santschi, Weaver, director W.S. Van Dyke and Peter L. Shamray. In the front row are Mrs. Peter L. Shamray, Mrs. H.C. Weaver, Mrs. Llewellyn Jones, Dorothy Jones, Anne Cornwall, Wanda Hawley, Violet Palmer and actor Gareth Hughes, in knickers and argyle socks. Dorothy Jones and her mother, Mrs. Llewellyn Jones, were prominent Tacomans involved in the theater. Most of the women are wearing full length fur or fur trimmed coats. "Totem Pole Beggar," whose title was later changed to "Eyes of the Totem," was the second film made by the recently opened H.C. Weaver Productions, Inc. motion picture studio. Filmed partially in the Narada Falls area, the drama opened at the Broadway Theatre on June 10, 1927. (TDL 3-6-26, p. , TNT 3-6-26, p. 1)
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Series: G23.1 Image#: 135 Date: 07-11-1926
Fred S. Stover, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), upon his arrival in Tacoma on July 11, 1926. Mr. Stover, a prominent businessman from Butler, Penn., (L in picture) is met at Union Station by commanders of local posts. Shaking hands with Mr. Stover is W.A. Gartley, Wild West Post No. 91 commander; standing between them is Paul J. Roberts, South Tacoma post commander. Mr. Stover is on a tour of the Pacific Northwest in the interest of Foreign Veterans. Tacoma would be his temporary headquarters as he would take a tour of the city and trout fishing his first day here, then go to Seattle to meet with veterans there on July 12th. His plans included visits to local veterans hospitals and a banquet in his honor. (TNT 7-11-26, p. 1)
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Series: D9574 Image#: 2 Date: 03-28-1940
Lincoln High School Glee Club leaving on tour from Union Depot on March 28, 1940. Large group of people standing on railroad tracks next to Union Pacific passenger train.
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Series: D9534 Image#: 1 Date: 03-21-1940
Sales counter in lunch room at Union Depot. Two unidentified men and a woman stand behind case filled with cigars. Sign in background: "Read the Journal, It's Smar(t.)" Photographed on March 21, 1940.
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Series: D9293 Image#: 2 Date: 01-08-1940
Charlotte Doud and Catharine Strong leaving for trip to California. Boarding train at Union Depot on January 8, 1940 with group of well-wishers or others waiting to board railroad car.
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Series: D9219 Image#: 2 Date: 12-20-1939
On December 20, 1939, Mayor J. J. Kaufman (left) greeted Bob and Louise Lynd (center) upon their return by train from their publicized six month trip by Willits canoe from Fort Benton, Montana, to New Orleans, at the mouth of the Mississippi. Harry P. Cain (far right), chairman of the Golden Jubilee celebration that sponsored the trip, was also on hand at Union Station to greet the couple. The 3,500 mile journey in part retraced the path of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The Lynds, "Goodwill ambassadors from Tacoma," travelled in a tiny canoe supplied by Henry Foss and built by Earl & Floyd Willits. The Lynds also wrote a series of articles, exclusive to the Tacoma Times, relating their experiences in publicizing Washington's Jubilee celebration to the states bordering the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. The Willits Brothers handcrafted their wooden canoes in Tacoma, later Day Island, from 1908-1967. ALBUM 11. (T.Times 12-20-39, p. 1, 12-21-39, p. 1)
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Series: D839 Image#: A Date: 10-01-1937
A radioman stretches his microphone toward President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, center in profile, who looks over the large crowd gathered at the Union Depot. He was preparing to leave on the Great Northern Railway for a tour of the Grand Coulee Dam project site. The small children behind the railing are his grandchildren, Anna Eleanor (nicknamed Sistie) and Curtis (Buzzie) Dall. The men are believed to be, left to right, Senator Homer T. Bone, Harold Allen, the President's son James, Tacoma Mayor George Smitley (waving to the crowd) and the President's bodyguard (in hat.) ALBUM 1.
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Series: D839 Image#: 7 Date: 10-01-1937
On October 1, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made an early evening speech from the back of his train at Union Depot. The train made a 15 minute stop to allow the President to board. Roosevelt was being picked up after an automobile trip around the Olympic Peninsula and a motorcade from Olympia to Tacoma. It was estimated that over 50,000 Tacomans lined the street and crowded Union Station to catch a glimpse of the popular President. The President's next destination was the site of the Grand Coulee Dam project. Visible behind the President on the train car deck are believed to be Tacoman Harold Allen, the President's son James Roosevelt, Tacoma Mayor George Smitley and the President's grandson Curtis (Buzzie) Dall. At the time of this photograph, he was in his second term as President. He died April 12, 1945, during his fourth term, of a cerebral hemorrhage. (T. Times 10/02/1937, pg. 9) TPL 1999. ALBUM 1
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Series: D839 Image#: 12 Date: 10-01-1937
Tacoma Mayor George Smitley with President Roosevelt on his train at Union Depot. Posed on the platform with the President were, left to right, Senator Homer T. Bone, Tacoman Harold Allen, granddaughter Anna Eleanor (called Sistie) Dall (at the railing), Roosevelt's son James, the President's bodyguard (wearing hat) on his left side, and Tacoma Mayor George Smitley. The President's next stop was the Grand Coulee Dam project. (T. Times, 10/2/1937, p. 9). ALBUM 1.
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Series: D8139 Image#: 3 Date: 04-14-1939
American Legion Honor Guard flanked the casket of Mayor John C. Siegle as it was loaded onto a hearse at Union Station on April 14, 1939. Mayor Siegle's funeral was scheduled for April 15th, but first his body would lie in state at the Mellinger Chapel. The color guard from the Tacoma and Rhodes American Legion Posts accompanied the body to the chapel. Siegle was the first Tacoma Mayor to die in office. He was also the first member of the American Legion past commanders "Last Man Club" to die. (T. Times, 4/15/1939, p. 1).
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Series: D8139 Image#: 1 Date: 04-14-1939
Mayor John C. Siegle's flag draped casket arrived at Tacoma's Union Station on April 14, 1939. The first Tacoma mayor to be born and raised in Tacoma, Mayor Siegle took ill with flu-like symptoms shortly after he was sworn in in June of 1938. After trying to recuperate in humid Tacoma, he left for the drier environs of the area around Palm Springs, Ca. The Mayor died of an apparent heart attack while returning home by train, at Klamath Falls, Oregon on 4/13/1939. He was the first Tacoma mayor to die while in office. Assisting as his honor guard at the train station were three of his American Legion comrades. Wearing their Legion caps are (l to r) Dr. Reuben Hedberg, Barney Drew and, in the right foreground, Jerry Walters. (T. Times 4/15, p. 1)
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Series: D80369 Image#: 1 Date: 01-23-1954
An unidentified young woman glances over her extensive train ticket at Union Station. She is dressed in a suit from Andrews Women's Apparel and stands between her two suitcases. The distinctive window of Union Station can be seen behind her.
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Series: D65583 Image#: 1 Date: 03-23-1952
Under the leadership of Albert W. Taylor, illustrious potentate of Afifi temple, members of the director's staff attended the Shrine Directors association of North America's annual meeting in San Francisco. The group is seen here as they prepare to board their train at Union Station. Names are listed in the newspaper. (TNT, 3/26i/1952, p.19)
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Series: D60937 Image#: 1 Date: 09-08-1951
Fall Fashions. On September 8, 1951, Bill Koski modeled a suit, top coat, fedora hat, and displayed a set of suitcases across the street from Union Station for Klopfensteins, a high quality men's clothier. This is believed to be the same William Koski who was the husband of Helen Richards Koski. (T.N.T.).
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Series: D56908 Image#: 1 Date: 04-17-1951
A crowd listens to a speaker before touring General Electric's "More Power to America Special" on the tracks of Tacoma's Union Station. The ten car silver streamliner was on a 30,000 mile tour of America, stopping in 150 industrial centers in 44 states for tours by invited guests. Approximately 1500 industrial, utility and civic leaders were invited in Tacoma. The train carried exhibits of new ways electrical power could be produced and then put to work. Over 2000 exhibits highlighted atomic power, weather research, city power and lighting fixtures, railroad equipment and industrial innovations. Since the train carried no consumer products, it was not open to the general public. Behind the tracks can be seen the business industrial area beginning with Dock St. (TNT 4/15/1951, pg. A-5, 4/16/1951, pg. 28 & 4/18/1951, pg. 23)
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Series: D53659 Image#: 1 Date: 10-21-1950
Brownie Scouts Patty Ann Anderson and Beverly Hasfjorde and Girl Scout Jane Ewart are helping carry bags for the women who are on their way to the Pacific Northwest Region XI Girl Scout Conference at Sun Valley, Idaho, leaving from Union Station. The women are, L-R, Barbara E. (Mrs. Richard) Annis, Ruth (Mrs. Philip) Slayden, Mrs. Wilbur Roberts, Edna E. (Mrs. Len) Christianson, Margaret M. (Mrs. C.A.) Sims, Mrs. Lyle Parker, Wyoma A. (Mrs. Luther D.) Moore, Beryl C. (Mrs. E.A.) Manfull, and Dorothy (Mrs. M.J.) LaVelle. Ordered by Margaret E. (Mrs Fred) Roth. (TNT, 10/26/1950, p.10)
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Series: D53469 Image#: 1 Date: 10-13-1950
Five members of the Tacoma Quota Club are packed and ready to go to their 10th annual conference in Eugene, Oregon. They stand by the ticket counter reviewing schedules while the agent, Ivan Bond, waits to help them. Styles in clothing and hats have changed as well as eyeglasses and the use of makeup. These women are wearing the smaller hats and using more cosmetics that were part of the change in fashion. They are, L-R, Rose (Mrs. Arthur) Hertz, Mary Ann Wilson, Ethel Barnes, Minnie H. (Mrs. Gordon) Chase (seated) and Elda B. Conly. Ordered by the Tacoma Quota Club. (TNT, 10/19/1950, p.25)