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BOWEN G27.1-002

On the morning of June 7, 1926, Tacoma saw a change in city government from "business as usual." The March 1926 election had brought defeat to all City Council incumbents up for re-election. Photographer Chapin Bowen captured the moment as the old Council stepped out and the new took their seats for their first meeting. Pictured around the table, left to right, are Jesse W. Silver- Public Works, newly elected A.S. Walters - Finance, newly elected Mayor Melvin G. Tennent, Ira Davisson- Light & Water and newly elected H. Dyer Dyment- Public Safety. Seated to the right is City Clerk Genevieve Martin. (TNT 6-7-26, p. 1-photograph is flipped in newspaper) Bowen 26375, TPL-9549

BOWEN G2.1-040

On March 9, 1926, Tacomans voted a new "tennent" into the Mayor's office when M.G. Tennent defeated four time Mayor Angelo G. Fawcett by a wide margin of 5,235 votes. At that time, the election had the heaviest vote ever cast in Tacoma with Tennent elected by the largest vote ever given a candidate for the office of Tacoma Mayor. The newly elected Mayor Tennent was photographed on the front steps of his home with his dog. Elderly Mayor Fawcett could not compete with the younger, more progressive Tennent. Mayor Tennent would serve two consecutive terms before being defeated himself by Harry P. Cain. TPL-1493 (TNT 3/10/1926, PG. 1)

BOWEN G23.1-006

Four-time Tacoma mayor Angelo Vance Fawcett, right, turns over the reins of city government to new mayor Melvin G. Tennent on June 7, 1926. A. V. "Fighting" Fawcett was defeated by M. G. "Smilin'" Tennent in the election of March, 1926. By June, there was a new "Tennent" in City Hall. Fawcett was preparing to retire to his home at Greene Park after over 30 years of nearly continuous service and activity in city and county politics, including terms as Mayor 1896-97, 1910-11, 1914-19 and 1922-26. He introduced Tennent at the first meeting of the new city council by stating that he hoped and believed that Tennent would make a good mayor. Tennent, in response, extolled the retiring mayor and said that he would always be welcome to come back to the city council and give his advice. (TNT 6-7-26, p. 1) Bowen 26376 TPL-6320,

BOWEN G42.1-074

Early in January of 1926, Tacoma voters were flooding into the Registrar's office on the third floor of City Hall to qualify to vote in the upcoming city primary and general elections. The throng included three new voters, pictured center of the counter. The trio was composed of Ingeborg Ekberg, Alice Raymond and Vera Landers, all students at the College of Puget Sound and all having just turned 21. According to city clerk Genevieve Martin almost 9,000 voters had registered in the first five days for the elections, which included another run for the Mayor's office by four time incumbent Angelo Vance Fawcett. TPL-3209 (TNT 1/11/1926, pg. 17- cropped picture, TNT 1/9/26, pg. 14-article on registration)

BOWEN G72.1-011

ca. 1927. Legislative Building. A glimpse of the Legislative (Capitol) Building is partially obscured by towering firs in this ca. 1927 photograph. The Corinthian columns on the building's two porticoes are visible as well as the majestic dome. Care was taken to plan landscaping of the governmental complex to include great areas of lawn and placement of trees and other shrubs.

BOWEN G72.1-038

ca. 1927. Legislative Building. The final years of the Legislative Building project, which had begun with the laying of the building's cornerstone in 1922, primarily were concerned with interior work. As this view of the rotunda indicates, marble was extensively used within the Legislative Building as befitting its rich atmosphere. A contract for $850,000 was awarded the Vermont Marble Co. whose Tacoma plant was responsible for the cutting and polishing. A national search for marble setters had to be conducted since this specialized skill was not found locally. The Great Seal of the State of Washington, cast in bronze, was set into the marble stair landing directly under the dome. Until the late 1930's, the Great Seal remained unenclosed and thousands unintentionally trod upon the visage of George Washington, their feet wearing off his nose. Besides the light gray Alaska marble, bronzework was found throughout the rotunda with the railings of the fourth floor balcony (believed to be shown above) incorporating replicas of the state seal. Replicas of Roman firepots used for indirect lighting, also cast in bronze, were located at each corner of the rotunda. (Johnston: Washington's Audacious State Capitol and Its Builders)

BOWEN G72.1-039

ca. 1927. State Reception Room. Imported marble was used in the columns found in the State Reception Room of the Legislative Building. A decision was made by the project's co-architect, Walter Wilder, that the State Reception Room was to be the most ornate in the building. He chose Bresche Violet marble from Italy which had a creamy background interspersed with red, lavender and green veins. The floor was finished with teak and covered with a specially woven seamless rug. Adding to the ceremonial tone of the room, heavily lined velvet drapes with matching valences and silk cable tasseled ties were appropriate window coverings. A 7-foot round table was placed in the middle of the room surrounded by elaborately patterned chairs. High back chairs of the same pattern were lined up against the marble columns. The legislature had authorized a budget of some $600,000 for furnishings and opened the bidding to the nation. The New York City firm of W. and J. Sloane was chosen, with the cost of the enormous 7-foot table coming in at (then) an astonishing $1000. (Johnston: Washington's Audacious State Capitol and Its Builders)

BOWEN G72.1-013

ca. 1927. Portico on Legislative Building. This is believed to be at the south entrance. Most of the ornamental carvings on stonework was done after the stone was in place. The columns were positioned first in a raw state prior to stone carvers shaping them into elaborate designs. Stone carving was such a specialized profession that crews were assembled drawn from all parts of the nation, including many Scotsmen. A combination of hand tools and sandblasting equipment was used by the craftsmen who had to carve the capitals from high scaffolding. (Johnston: Washington's Audacious State Capitol and Its Builders)

BOWEN G68.1-087

This is what 9th & Broadway looked like in the late afternoon of September 20, 1932, as throngs strain to catch a glimpse of Presidential candidate Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The Democratic candidate's open vehicle is led and followed by motorcycle police. Mr. Roosevelt, the governor of New York, had just concluded a speech to thousands at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. His motorcade arrived in Tacoma about a half-hour earlier than expected so hundreds missed their chance to see him swing through the streets of downtown Tacoma. TPL-2679 (TNT 9-20-32, p. 1-article; TNT 9-21-32, p. 1)

BOWEN G68.1-089

April 8th was authorized as "Roosevelt Day" by the mayor and city council in recognition of the President's leadership during the Country's economic crises. He was honored with a large downtown parade incorporating military, civic and business groups. Carstens, a large meat packing firm in Tacoma, had a clever play on words in utilizing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "New Deal" slogan for their parade truck--"The New Deal is Here with HAM and Good Cheer." Easter in 1933 was soon arriving and Carstens was promoting their hams, plain or baked, as a fine economical choice for the traditional feast. (TNT 4-7-33, p.1-article; TNT 4-8-33, p. 1-article) TPL-5449


ca. 1949. Called both a "wonder of the age" and "an architectural monstrosity" the old Pierce County Court House stood at 1012 South G Street just northeast of the Armory. Modeled after the courthouse in Pittsburgh, PA, the brick walls were faced with stone quarried in Tenino and sandstone from Wilkeson. Included in the building plans were secret stairways, hideouts, a hanging room and dungeons that would have done credit to a 15th century castle. The four clock faces in the tower were each 8 feet in diameter and had concealed lights which enabled Tacomans to read the time by day or night. The county commissioner moved his offices in the as yet unfinished building on June 21, 1893. It was demolished in 1959. (TNT 4/7/1959 p. C-16) Bowen # 1062-1


ca. 1880. Henry Drum was elected mayor of Tacoma on May 1, 1888. Mayor Drum, a prominent banker and staunch Democrat, defeated A.C. Smith by a majority of 52 votes out of a total of 1,712. Mr. Drum had arrived in New Tacoma only five years before his mayoral election and had immediately immersed himself in the business and social functions of this growing city. He was a stockholder and director in many businesses including the Skagit Railway & Lumber Co., Fidelity Trust Co., and Tacoma Lumber & Manufacturing Co. as well as one of the organizers of the First Unitarian Society in Tacoma and was an active Mason. Mr. Drum served one term as mayor, choosing not to run for re-election. He became the only Democrat elected to the first state Senate and served several terms. This picture is from William F. Prosser's "A History of the Puget Sound Country" The Lewis Publishing Company, 1903. opp p.96 (North Pacific History Co.: History of the Pacific Northwest, p. 307-309) ALBUM 16. Also G1.1-055


Those at the head table stand for the introduction of Washington's Governor, Dr. Dixy Lee Ray, at the annual meeting of the Downtown Tacoma Association in March of 1978. Governor Ray was the feature speaker of the event. Among those at the head table were Bud McIvor, president of the Downtown Tacoma Association (standing next to Governor Ray); Bill Philip, head of Puget Sound National Bank (third from left); and the reigning Ms. Downtown Tacoma, Catherine Packer. Photograph ordered by the Downtown Tacoma Association.

Governors; Ray, Dixy Lee, 1914-1994; Meetings--Tacoma--1970-1980; McIvor, Bud; Philip, William W.; Packer, Catherine; Beauty contestants--Tacoma--1970-1980;


Governor Dixy Lee Ray speaks at the annual meeting of the Downtown Tacoma Association. Dr. Ray was the only woman to serve as governor of Washington and the only woman to chair the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. She established a record as the youngest girl to climb Mount Rainier at age 12. A Tacoma native, she graduated from Stadium High School and Mills College and obtained a doctorate in zoology from Stanford University. Specializing in marine biology, she served on the faculty of the University of Washington for nearly three decades. As a director of the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, she is credited in preserving the center, which had been built for the world's fair in 1962. In Dr. Ray's only term as governor, her administration balanced the budget and brought in full funding of basic education. Photograph ordered by the Downtown Tacoma Association. ALBUM 10. TPL-5914 (Seattle/King Co.

Governors; Ray, Dixy Lee, 1914-1994; Public speaking--Tacoma;


Washington Governor Dr. Dixy Lee Ray attends the annual meeting of the Downtown Tacoma Association on March 7, 1978, where she was the feature speaker. She indicated that she would ensure the Tacoma Spur met no delay from environmental opposition. Dr. Ray stated that she did not want a repeat of the I-90 situation in Seattle. She praised the business community for the self-improvement Tacoma has already shown. Governor Ray was then in the middle of her sole term as state chief executive. She was the first woman governor of Washington and the first woman, and last chairperson, of the Atomic Energy Commission. Born in Tacoma in 1914 in a working-class family, she worked her way through college to emerge with a doctorate in zoology from Stanford University. She served on the faculty of the University of Washington, specializing in marine biology, and was the director of Seattle's Pacific Science Center before accepting an appointment by President Nixon to the Atomic Energy Commission. She made a successful bid for the governor's chair in November, 1976, defeating Republican John D. Spellman. Following her term in office, she retired to her Fox Island home and co-authored two books on environmentalists with her biographer, Lou Guzzo. Dr. Ray died on January 2, 1994 at the age of 79. Photograph ordered by the Downtown Tacoma Association. ALBUM 10. (Seattle/King Co.; TNT 3-8-78, A-5)

Governors; Ray, Dixy Lee, 1914-1994; Meetings--Tacoma--1970-1980;


Tacoma Mayor Gordon N. Johnston welcomes shoppers to the new addition of the Tacoma Mall on July 25, 1973. The Mall had completed its west end expansion and 20 new stores were now open for business, including Ben Bridge Jeweler, Orange Julius, Tinder Box and Waldenbooks. This would bring the total number of stores in the Mall to about 110, just slightly smaller than Southcenter. Photograph ordered by the Tacoma Mall Corporation.

Johnston, Gordon N.; Mayors--Tacoma--1970-1980; Public speaking--Tacoma; Tacoma Mall Shopping Center (Tacoma); Shopping centers--Tacoma--1970-1980; Dedications--Tacoma--1970-1980; Building dedications--Tacoma--1970-1980;


Pierce County's former Auditors who served from 1859-1909 are pictured in oval frames in this copy ordered by the current Pierce County Auditors Office on August 4, 1975. Along with the officials are four examples of 19th century architecture, including the Pierce County Courthouse and the block house used in the Indian War of 1855-56.

County government--Washington; Government officials--Washington;


1975 color Richards stock footage. Mayor Gordon N. Johnston and 10-year-old Mark Mackenroth are prepared to dig deep during groundbreaking ceremonies for the new civic center, the Bicentennial Pavilion, in April of 1975. Mark was chosen to represent future generations who would use the Pavilion. Tacoma had long sought a convention center to hold large-scale meetings, concerts and banquets. It would open the following year in June.

Johnston, Gordon N.; Mayors--Tacoma--1970-1980; Mackenroth, Mark; Shovels; Digging--Tacoma; Ground breaking ceremonies--Tacoma--1970-1980; Bicentennial Pavilion (Tacoma);


Democratic congressional candidate Eugene Wiegman (L), 46, checks out blueprints on the PLU campus with two unidentified workers in May of 1976. He was a candidate for the 6th District post held by Floyd Hicks; Representative Hicks had decided not to run for re-election. Dr. Wiegman was a former president of Pacific Lutheran University, later became pastor of Luther Memorial Church, and served on several community boards. Photograph ordered by Eugene Wiegman for use in a brochure "Wiegman for Congress."

Wiegman, Eugene; Political campaigns;


Snapshot color photograph of Mayor Gordon N. Johnston (center) flanked by (then) House Minority Leader Gerald R. Ford (left) and former mayor Harold M. Tollefson. Mr. Ford was in town for the April 4, 1970, launching of the "Grand Rapids," a Navy gunboat built by Tacoma Boatbuilding and named for Mr. Ford's hometown.

Johnston, Gordon N.; Mayors--Tacoma--1960-1970; Mayors--Tacoma--1970-1980; Tollefson, Harold M., 1908-1985; Ford, Gerald R.; Politicians--Tacoma;


ca. 1970. 1970 Richards Stock Footage. Mayor Gordon N. Johnston relaxes among friends at a 1970 gathering. Sharing smiles are bankers Al Saunders of Puget Sound National Bank and Gerrit VanderEnde of Pacific First Federal Savings & Loan (2nd & extreme right). Mayor Johnston is seated, center, wearing brown suit.

Johnston, Gordon N.; Mayors--Tacoma--1970-1980; VanderEnde, Gerrit; Saunders, Al; Bankers--Tacoma;


ca. 1970. 1970 Richards stock footage. Tacoma Mayor Gordon N. Johnston, standing by a white podium, delivers an address to an unidentified group. This may have been taken at the same time as D158000, image 24C, when Mr. Johnston was photographed with bankers Al Saunders and Gerrit VanderEnde.

Johnston, Gordon N.; Mayors--Tacoma--1970-1980; Public speaking--Tacoma;


1971 Richards stock footage. Pierce County Commissioners address the audience after the newest commissioner, Clay Huntington, had taken the oath of office on January 11, 1971. From L-R are the Clerk of the Court, Commissioner Patrick J. Gallagher, Chrm. of the Board George Sheridan and Clay Huntington. All three commissioners are Democrats. (TNT 1-11-71, p. 29 - article)

County government--Washington; Gallagher, Patrick J.; Sheridan, George; Huntington, Clay;

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