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TACOMA SALOON WILL CLOSE
AFTER RUNNING FOR 43 YEARS
When prohibition comes into effect Jan. 1 a great institution will go out of our daily lives -the sa
loon. For whether you approve of, mildly tolerate or detest the saloon, you must admit that it has been
a great factor in our communities.
With that thought in mind we assigned Mr. Peters to get up several human interest stories regarding
a few of the typical Taeoma saloons. These will not be muckraking articles. Nor will they be expres
sions of maudlin sympathy with the vanishing "pubs." They will be, instead, highly readable ac
counts of what these various saloons have been and done.
The first such article tells of Tacoma's oldest saloon, which also, so far as we can learn, is the oldest
business establishment in Taeoma to have run continuously, week in, week out, for 43 years.—The Editor.
BT E. A. PETERS
There is one business establishment in Taeoma
that has operated continuously for 43 years.
80 far as we are able to discover, it is the only bus
iness that has been conducted here day in, day out,
for so long a time.
This business is a saloon.
Nobody would ever have discovered the fact that
Taeoma's oldest business was a common barroom,
perhaps, were it not for the fact that the spot-light
of public attention is focused on all our saloons now,
during their last two weeks of existence.
The Old Taeoma saloon, occupying a ramshackle
two-story frame building at McCarver and North
30th street, Old Town, boasts itself as having the
longest existence of any business establishment in
This barroom began operation
In 1872, and has been dispensing
beer and whisky and gin to Its
clientage of sailors and longshore
men and millwrights and sea cap
tains ever since.
In its history, the Old Taeoma
saloon has passed out booxe to
practically every seafaring man
who sailed the Pacific ocean.
For It was always a gathering
place for sailors and officers, and
probably you know that for many
years Old Town waa the princi
pal seaport of the North Pacific
Has Handled a Fortune.
During these years it has taken
ln over the bar money enough to
buy any two or three of the big-
gest, finest ocean liners that ever
steamed into the port.
Its proceeds WDuld have pur
chased and outfitted a whole
fleet of the nailing vessels bucli as
carried the masters and men who
constituted Its early day patrons.
lis History Elusive-
It's hard to obtain a history of
this old saloon. We tried to get v
contnuous record or ownership of
of the place, and other historical
data about the famous old grog
shop. But every veteran of Old
Town whom we found had a dif
Even Grandpap Babeock, who
Is 91 years of age and the oldest
pioneer of Old Town (he asserts
valiantly that he lived there be
fore the Indians came) couldn't
give a Jointed story of the sa
Ferry Iluilt It.
Col. C. P. Ferry, famous as a
collector of Alaskan Indian curios,
and one of the pioneers of the
northwest, erected the building in
which the Old Taeoma saloon
He put up a two-story frame
structure, square and ugly and
But In those days it was a
grand building, and its erection
marked the beginning of a boom
in Old Town. The saloon had
the most prominent corner in the
newly platted town.
Ferry rented his building to
Meyer Kaufman and the three La
vine brothers —Louis, Dave and
Phillip. They established a first
class barroom, and in connection
with it a email mercantile estab
lishment in which they sold cloth
ing, shoes, groceries and meat.
No Pousse Cafes, Then.
There were no fancy drinks in
those days. Beer was even a
luxury, so Grandpap Babcock says.
Whisky and rum and gin were
the popular drinks. And they
came around the Horn in big sail
ing vessels, all the way from the
The Old Taeoma —that wasn't
its name In those days—was not
really the first saloon in Old
It was the third. When it was
started in operation the other sa
loons were conducted by John
Hill, whose Cosmopolitan saloon
In the building since known as
the Soilors' Boarding house, was
a landmark for years, and by Mrs.
Steele. Mrs. Steele managed the
TONIGHT AND TOMORROW
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Afternoons 2:3o—Evenings 8.
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old Fuller hotel, and had the bar
Bum of these saloons have long
since dropped out of existence,
and it's only such veterans as
Grandpap Babcock and Steve Mur
phy of Old Town who have any
recollection of them.
Tale ot the Twins.
In late years there Is only one
Incident in connection with this
saloon that stands out as notable
ln the history of the Old Taeoma.
It was one of the first places
where Mayor Fawcett's anti-treat-
Ing ordinance was defeated.
The story Is one that they still
tell around Old Town. Mayor
Fawcett had cent out special of
ficers to get evidence against sa
loons that were violating the anil
treating ordinance. The officers
treated in the Old Taeoma and
then swore out a warrant for the
Had 20 Seta of Owners.
When the bartender appeared
in court, the special officers swore
that he had sold them the booze
Then a twin brother of the bar
tender appeared, and the special
officers were completely befud
dled. They couldn't tell which
brother had sold them the liquor,
and the case was dropped.
In its 4,1 years, the saloon has
passed through 20 pairs of hands.
Anton Bush and Nicholas Con
stant! are present owners of the
New Taeoma saloon. They are
getting ready, like all the rest of
the Taeoma liquor dealers, to
close out their stock of booze and
beer and wines by Jan. 1. Then
they think they will try the fish
Although there never will be
any monument to the memory of
the Old Taeoma saloon, It will al
ways be remembered by veterans
of Old Town as the one landmark
that has been in existence as long
as their oldest member can recall.
Forty-three years' continuous
AT BIG SHOW
Today is Parent-Teacher anJ
Women's Club day at the Buy-at-
Home exposition in the Arcade
building, while the evening will
be turned over to the commercial
A baby show and a $.", ticket
hidden in an unknown hatband
were features of "Rotary" day
yesterday. The $5 ticket feature
will be held again tonight, only
the card will be found in a trav
eling salesmans hat. A box of
candy is being given to every
child accompanied by its parents
today. Special music throughout
CONCERT PROCEEDS WILL
GO TO FEED THE HUNGRY
The Scandinavian branch of
the Salvation Army Is to give a
concert in its hall, 12th and X
sts., at 3 o'clock Sunday after
noon in orde rt-> raise money for
the feeding of several hundred
hungry poor at a great feast in
the same hall next Thursday.
The Swedish male chorus, "The
Thule," under the direction of
Per Olsson and the Misses Vlrgus
and Larson will participate in
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"MYSTERY WOMAN" IN
BOMB PLOTTING CASE
Figuring as the "mystery woman" in the government investi
gation of bomb plots along the Pacific coast, Mrs. Margaret W. Cor
nell is the latest |ierson to lie ensnared in Uie federal net at San Fran
cisco. The I'nlted States grand Jury haa returned indictments against
her. Huron Wilhelm yon Hrlneken, attache of the German consulate
at San Francisco, and Charles O Crowley, a former detective. She
lniil Ik »-ii Crowley's stenographer. The mo«t sensational charge in
the Joint indictments ugiUnst the trio is that of sending through the
mails matter of a character to Incite arson, murder or aseaaslnation.
Mrs. Cornell Is at liberty on bail. "I am not potting as Innocent or
I guilty," she said.
Mrs. Cornell is thought to have been in Taeoma last summer in
company with Crowley, and to have stopped during her stay at the
A'an N'oyes hotel, on upper .St. Helens avenue.
Stolen? Horse Blind In
One Eye and Losing Tail
Joe Graf, whose trial started
yesterday in Judge Card's supe
rior court, is going to try to prove
that his possession of the "Baid"
horse which be is alleged to have
stolen from Mike Sullivan of
Ruston, was the result of a legltl
Portugal's Dethroned King and Queen
Living Mysterious Lives in England
"King" Don Manuel, whose adoration of G*by Deal), coat him
Ilia Portuguese crown, la seldom seen about London since the war
began. "Queen" Augneta Victor! % too, la living a mysterious life,
hidden away 1_ her garden on the Thames. Being a Hohenzollern
her position in England la einbarraasing to say the least, Nile Is
known as "Queen Peter Pan," the queen who cannot grow np. She
t* very delicate and given to almost constant weeping.
THE TACOMA TTMEB
The horse in question is blind
in one eye and is said to be losing
its tail. Graf claims he bought It
on a bright fall morning. Others
say he simply tied the horse to
his arm and walked away.
(Continued From Page One.)
Stone & Webster does precisely the same thing in two central heating
plants in Seattle. These plants are Stone & Webster's auxiliary power plants.
When a breakdown occurs all the crew has to do is to turn the steam heat in
to the engine, the dynamo starts buzzing—and there you are.
The engine merely acts as a reduc ing valve. After the steam passes out
again it is just as good for warming cold feet as it ever was.
The city of Columbus, 0., is doing the same thing and is clearing $72,000
a year out of it. For people want heat and people want light.
The T. R. &P. wants to do the same thing. Right now, while the T. R. &
P. commissioners are bickering and dickering to give back that power fran
chise, Manager Bean has his eye on that Taeoma central heating plant fran
chise. There's money in it, and he knows it.
GRAB IT FIRST 1 Grab it now, you city commissioners, while you have
the chance. Here's a great big opportunity for Taeoma to own and operate its
central heating plant and auxiliary power plant combined, with a public in
cinerator thrown in. One crew could handle the whole outfit, and there's
some excellent fuel in garbage.
A recent report to the public service commission shows that the total
yearly revenue from Stone & Webster's central heating plants in Seattle was
$315,996.22 for the last year. With an outlay of $207,768.58, this left a net
profit of $108,227.64! Do you wonder that our friend Bean has his eye on the
Taeoma heating plant franchise?
A Taeoma city heating plant, we'll say, would about equal one of those
Seattle plants. Cut the above total in half and it will leave a yearly profit to the
city of at least $50,000. The maximum rate for heat in the Seattle plants is
75 cents a 100 pounds, with a minimum rate of 45 cents.
The city of Taeoma could afford to cut these rates to the limit and still
have a profit of $20,000 a year, AND AN AUXILIARY POWER PLANT TO
The city owns an ideal location for such a central heating and auxiliary
power plant at 15th and Dock streets. Oil and other fuel could be loaded di
rectly from steamers, cutting down the cost of heat which already is compar
atively low here.
THEN WHY NOT?
When that 15-year contract with the T. R. & P. ends you city commission
ers, just at a time when you are loaded up with a lot of power business,
WHAT THEN? Do you have an idea that Stone & Webster'is out to be nice
to the city of Taeoma?
We'll need our own auxiliary plant sooner or later, you can bet on that.
Why not now, while the going is good and there's money in it?
THEN GO TO IT!
TACOMA SCHOOLS I
IRVING SCHOLARS IN I
An elaborate Christmas pro
gram, in whicii practically every
pupil in the Irving school will ,'
take part, has been arranged by
Principal Goold and the teach- •
The exercises will Include cv- I
erythlng from a dozen different
Christinas carols to folk dancing i
and Yuletide recitations.
In most Instances two rooms
have Joined together with their
best talent. The children taking
part are: Pauline Ruth, George
Sattorqulst, Ruth Anderson,
Floyd Fielder, Lillian Troutman,
Roy Mazda, Charles Raven, Gay- t
nell Elliott, Reuben Munsen, I
Amelia Vogel, George Smith, ]
Kenneth Wadsworth, Clifton An
derson, Gertrude Sehulz, Nona ,
Smith, Marian Clausen, Freddie
Cook, Helmer Soiberg, Carl Rehn,
Jacob Schwnrtz, Selvey Hansen,
SHERMAN TO GIVE
EIGHT BIG XMAS
Christmas plays, preceded by
Christmas songs and recitations,
will form the major part of the
big program planned by the
teachers of the Sherman school
for the children before they be
gin their vacation.
There will be eight different
programs going on in the build
ing at the same time. In all cases
two or more rooms will join ln
The 7th and Bth grades will
stage a headliner In the skit, "A
Christmas Joke." The play 1b
being coached by Elsie Erickson
and F. B. Thompson and in
cludes the following pupils:
Rudolph Becker, Wilfred Mor
gan, Harry Berry, Bdw. Hamil
ton, William Pic Kell, Kenneth
Taylor, Frank Standrtng, Henry
Hendrlckeon, Rolf Hanson, Virgil
Ward, Edvln Bwenson, Leonard
Allen, Marigold Double, Edna
Wallace, Gertrude Tunnard, HU
ma Blomquist, Cecilia Hine, Mil
dnd Tvert, Elizabeth Senter,
Gladys Engdahl, Olivia Johnson,
Pearl Hilmer, Lolb Jessmer, Jean
Doole Demlch, Alethea Stand
ring and Grace Lubbe will have
individual places on the program.
The 6th A' room, under the di
rection of Alice G. Maris, will
give a scene picturing the day be
fore Christmas In a school room
where a georgraphy class la in
session. The cast Includes the
following pupils: Carl Rettke,
Margaret Barden, Norma Weaver,
John Rozman, Helen Pine, Edwin
Noedbarg, Judith Anderson, Lou
lae McNeill, Henry Hendiicksen,
Margaret Newbegln and Armour
The following pupils will take
part in the exercises of the high
4th, sth and low 6th rooms:
Mary Hamilton, Clara Hagen,
Donald Collins, Edmund Drink
wine, Henry Prince, Harold Fisk.
Frances Westervelt, Mason Har
per, Frank Leach, Robert Mc-
Leod, Mary McConnell, Mildred
Allgood, Joseph Doan, Oeorge
Bolley, Vesta Alverson, Marlon
Whittle, Grace Allen, Gilbert (Jon
yeau and Lulu Myers.
The fourth grade rooms will
Hobb^aayiTttaat M.a7iVO~ Is a
blunder, but that Kar-Ru la the
greatest wonder In tbe world, for
RHEUMATISM and lfarfom De
Borghild, Colbo, Molly Schwartz.,
Alice Halllngstad, Ethel Kirk,
Truly Johnson, Maggie Dorlca,
Jessie Glllot, Dorothy Ingram,
Gladys King, Rota David, Marlts
Jones, Mary Minch, Annie Kem
bl«. Rose Fechko, Carl Haagen
son, Edward Ashley, James Grif
fin, Willie OMalley, Roy John
son, Adrian Kenyon, Ellen Olson,
Lena Brooks, Muriel Raven, Joo
Kirk, Rosslyn Schneffer, Helen
Dales, Hilda Kanzler, Lois Cald
well, Gertrude Jenson, Alice
Haxen, Bernetta Schaeffer, Gay
nell Elliot, Henry Thiel, Henry
Sallee, Martin Haran, George
Kemble, Reuben Munson, Fred
Lies, Edmund Olson, Robert
Johnson, Stella Miller, Royal
Lindstrom, Prudence Clventad,
May Hlbness, Ada Satterquist,
have exercises with these pupils
taking part: Robert Barker,
Norma Tollefson, DeLorls Bour
don, Edith Johnson, Dorothy Caa
son, Orval Corey, Clarence Slo
cum, Sydney Lough, Clifford
Hofto, Lorene Southwell, arah
Hagen, Ralph Granrud, Clifford
Johnson, Ruth Thompson. Helen
Besides singing a number of
Christmas songs, the pupils of the
third grade will give play ln
which these pupils will take ,»art:
Buela Reed, Willie Richardson,
Roscoe Marble, Margaret tit, Flor
ence Burk, Fay Triplet, Marie
Earls, Chris Harmon, Elma Mil
ler, Eva Tlnsley, Willie LaVesser,
Evelyn Nelson, Helen Selander,
Bertie Vlastelica, James Hamil
ton, Esther Brown, Ellen McCar
thy, Epley Waldron and Karl
Mllma Leach will tell a Christ
mas story for the rest of the pu
pils of the 2A and 3B rooms. A
play and several songs and recita
tions will be given.
The following pupils will take
part In the exercises given by the
1A and 2B rooms: Glenna Gony
lau, Grace Hurlburt, Gladys Haag,
Elinor Taylor, Mary Gelger, Mina
Ward, Irene Gibbons, Evelyn Ear
rell, Gladys Hill, Athene Trlplett,
Lucell Marshall, Ruth Harris, Mil
dred lead, Fred Hofto, James
Gallahtr, Line Chrlstensen, Nor
ris Northrup, David MsCarthy,
Charles Smith Allan Westerfield, I
Marian Matthews, Mildred Read,!
James Read, James Conlsnko,
Harold Smith, Frank Oathont,'
Raymond Thompson, Gerald Jack
son, Robert Smith, Fred Hofto.
These beginners will take part
in the first room exercises: Goldle
Hurlbut, Cora Macquarrle, Mil
dred link.•in. Katie Vlaatellca,
Maggie Vlaatellca, Walter Ar
thurs, Virginia Worden, Paul
Hofto, Claire Marble, Milton
Greenfield, June Shelley, Hazel
Granfud, Nellie Gallaher, Russell
Herlan, Henry Hofto, Evelyn
Churchill, Gertrude Jessmer, Don
ald Johnson, Douglas, McCo, Mau
rlne Miller, Harold Prussing,
Clifford Bartells, Howard Quails
and Beatrice Bennetts,
Salaneea r.a,«7 2.46
Transactions , 786,040.78
Saturday, Dec. 18,1915.
Debate Over |
PUYAI.LUP, Dec. B.—Under
the direction of the Methodist
Brotherhood, an interesting de
bate waß held here last night on
the question, "Resolved, that mili
tary training should be made com
pulsory in the public schools."
The negative Bide won.
The winning side was upheld by
Alfred Lister of Taeoma.and H. F.
Porter and G. D. Osborne, both
of f uyallup. The affirmative side
was debated by Jessie Thomas and
Lester Biggie of Taeoma and C M.
Case of Puyallup.
A few optimistic souls with
visions of killing cold quarts In
the Rainier National park, be
cause It's a national park, receiv
ed a cold chill yesterday when it
was decided the mountain would
be as dry as any other part of tho
PANT AGES [=__
THIS BILL BEGINS MONDAY M ATI NEK
VaudeviUe's Most Beautiful Musical Act
Ten Gifted Instrumentalists and Singers
"OREO" S. 8. DUDLEY A 00.
The With Century Mystery "The Stranded Minstrel"
DANCING DAVEY LES ARDOS
Terpslcltorean Genius Athletes Extraordinary
"WHITE GODS"—CHAPTER 18, "NEAL OF THE NAVY"
Economically it is a serious mistake, morally it Is a
crime to have prohibited the manufacture of beer. Of
all beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, beer Is by far
the best. The three to four per rent of alcohol which It
contains, together with the natural carbonic acid gaa, are
the elements needed for easy digestion and general good
After January Ist,
Taeoma Bottling Co.
Will. SUPPLY PACIFIC BEES
Thla liiilldiiiK was erected for the
purpose of giving the bereaved
the comforta, privacy aad sym
pathetic eurronndlnge of a home
*t leae coat than can be obtained
Model residence par
lors, trained staff and
complete equipment en
able us to give a service
equaled by few and ex
celled by none. There
fore, we say: BEST
The largest line of
funeral supplies to se
lect from, at most mod- . „
crate prices, thereby re
ducing the expense. A
simple credit system.
Therefore, we •a y:
C. C. MELLINGER CO.
Ittwldence Funeral Directors , ,
■Mil Taeoma Aye. Main •__.-» I
Stadium high school debating
team defeated the Bothel high
school team last night in the audi- "
The Stadium team, composed of
Herman Thlel, Beatrice Wright
and Robert Shaw, upheld the af
firmative side of the question,
"Resolved, That the Monroe Doc
trine should be discontinued."
Prof. Rlekles of Seattle, Prof.
M. A. Thompson of Puyallup, and
Dr. George James were Judges.
ELKS WILL FEED
AND CLOTHE POOR
About 200 families will be com
pletely outfitted and fed this
Christina* by the Taeoma lodge -if
Elks as a result of laat night*
old clothes celebration. About
500 members attended the cele
bration, each member bringing
clothing of some kind. The Elks
will send a basket of food along
with the wearing apparel on the
day before Chriatmas.
The combined forces of the Se
attle and Taeoma branches of the
Bank of California met last night
at the Union club for the annual
Christmas dinner given the em
ployes by the bank.
Hebb says, that KA-HU is a
blunder, but that Kar-Ru is the
greatest wonder in the world, for
RHEUMATISM and Nervous De
While the National park is un
der the super vision of the govern
ment, it Is still state property
and prohibition will be inforced
there just the same as any other