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  • 1942-10-15 (Creation)


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George and Leah Mueller, skating instructors, pose outside the Lakewood Ice Arena at 7310 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W. in October of 1942. The German born couple was hired in 1942 to replace John Johnsen, who would spend World War II in Europe working as a US counter intelligence officer. They were internationally known professional instructors and had previously taught in Boston, in Toronto with the Granite Club, St. Louis and six seasons with the famous Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society, which dated back to Civil War times. They stayed with the Arena for six years, enjoying the Northwest and the Arena's abundant talent. Due to anti German sentiments, they were introduced in Tacoma as the "Millers." (TNT 10/19/1942, pg. 6)

Lakewood Ice Arena (Lakewood); Ice skating--Tacoma--1940-1950; Ice skating rinks--Tacoma--1940-1950; Mueller, George; Mueller, Leah;

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