Steilacoom history: Charles Prosch’s reminiscences

In his book, Reminiscences of Washington Territory, Mr. Charles Prosch, editor of Steilacoom’s Puget Sound Herald, tells about that momentous offer from Capt. Lafayette Balch:

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It was not my purpose to come to Washington Territory when I left New York [Mr. Prosch, born in Lancaster County, PA, had apprenticed in New York]; nor did I expect to remain on this coast longer than one or two years. A residence of 60 days in San Francisco, however, reconciled me to a permanent home on the Pacific Coast. In the winter of 1857-58 I made the acquaintance of Capt. Lafayette Balch, the town proprietor of Steilacoom. He had a small water-powered sawmill on Nisqually Bay, a lumber yard in San Francisco, and three or four vessels plying between the two places, carrying lumber down and returning with merchandise.

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Health Department to test plans for dispensing mass medication

TACOMA, Wash. – A rapid response to dangerous diseases—natural epidemics or an outbreak following a terrorist release of anthrax or other biological agents—can make the difference between life and death.

In the event of such an emergency, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has a plan to dispense to all Pierce County residents within 48 hours medications that would help prevent disease from a biological agent exposure. [Read more...]

Get a Pierce County Library card, enter to win an iPad mini

During Pierce County Library System’s eighth annual library card drive—Oct. 1-31, 2014—get a free library card and enter to win an iPad mini, courtesy of the Pierce County Library Foundation. People who already have a library card can enter the drawing by signing up a friend. Military personnel and families may enter the drawing by showing their military ID. [Read more...]

The value of old newspapers

From Reminiscences of Washington Territory by Charles Prosch, pp 107-109, published by Ye Galleon Press, Fairfield, WA, 1969

In August, 1893, I received the telegraphic message following, from the Tacoma law firm of Doolittle & Goff:

“Balch case set for today. Please come on first boat or train. Bring newspaper files.”

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Pierce County Library changes digital media offerings

Pierce County Library is discontinuing two digital media services this month and expanding a third:

  • Axis 360, an e-book service, was discontinued on Sept. 26, 2014.
  • OneClickDigital, an e-book and audiobook service, will be discontinued on Sept. 30, 2014.
  • Hoopla, a multi-faceted digital media service, will expand to include audiobooks on Oct. 1, 2014.

Customers can immediately search for e-books and audiobooks in the library’s OverDrive catalog.

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County conducts soil testing at former hospital site

An engineering firm will drill for soil samples the week of Sept. 29 around the site of Pierce County’s proposed new building for general government services in Tacoma. The county is considering a proposal to consolidate 15 or so departments – mostly in leased spaces – into a new general-purpose administration building on the site of the county’s former human services campus. The 9-acre site is located at 3580 Pacific Ave.

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WEA endorses Dr. Stan Flemming

Pierce County Councilman Dr. Stan Flemming is pleased to announce that in addition to the recent endorsements he has received from the Local Firefighter’s 3152, Tacoma Police Union #6, Pierce County Deputy Sheriff’s Guild, and the Pierce County Corrections Deputy’s Guild, he has been notified that he has received the endorsement of the Washington Education Association – Tacoma Council.

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Non-peak season ferry rates in effect Oct. 1

Non-peak season fare rates apply starting Oct. 1 for Pierce County ferry passengers that drive a vehicle or motorcycle onto the ferry. Passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will see their rates decrease from the peak season rate of $21.65, to the non-peak season rate of $17.30, while motorcyclists will see a decrease from $11.65 to $9.30. The five-trip value pass for vehicles 21 feet in length or less remains at $69.15, while the five-trip value pass for motorcycle commuters remains at $37.20. [Read more...]