Around the Sound: Lakewood Motor Inn marks 50th anniversary

The property where the Best Western Motor Inn is located was originally part of the 200- acre parcel that local entrepreneur Norton Clapp purchased in 1936. The Inn, originally known as the Lakewood Motor Inn, is 50 years old this month, and, after taking time out to celebrate its milestone anniversary, it’s gearing up to welcome golf fans for the USGA in June. [Read more…]

Living history future for an old schoolhouse?

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A mom from Custer Elementary School approached me when I was working with her son and other kids at the Computer Clubhouse – newly relocated to Lochburn Middle School. She, and other parents are interested in the old school house that sadly sits, falling apart with leaky roof, on the Custer campus. Their idea was to use it for some sort of technology center for the students at Custer – especially those living in the cluster of apartments behind the school. [Read more…]

Lakewood resident publishes WW II novel with special angle

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Imagine you are living on a peaceful small island and overnight you are overrun and occupied by an enemy force. Imagine also that your government knows about it but prefers to officially ignore it. Furthermore, imagine that the hostile forces are getting cut off from their supply line. No, this is not science fiction. This is the scenario of a war theater in Europe that was hushed up for many decades and is therefore hardly known about. [Read more…]

Learn about the Fort Steilacoom to Fort Bellingham Road

Karen Meador will give an illustrated talk about the Fort Steilacoom to Fort Bellingham Road, at 2 p.m., March 15, 2015 in quarters 2 (9601 Steilacoom Blvd, Lakewood on the grounds of Western State Hospital). The road was part of a network of military roads constructed under the supervision of the U. S. Army in the 1850’s. Information 253-582-5838 or www.historicfortsteilacoom.org.

Around the Sound: Looking back in the ‘Lakewood Log’

Thanks to Milt Davidson and Sally Jacky Davidson for the loan of the 1943 Edition of the Lakewood Log. Editor Charles Mann published the Log beginning in 1937. Here are a few news items from the March 19, 1943 edition. Perusing stories from long-ago newspapers, available on microfilm at Lakewood Library, provides interesting insight into the way things were in the “good old” days: [Read more…]

Around the Sound: ‘Beauty and Duty’ LHS program, Mar. 17

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The Lakewood Historical Society’s monthly program for March, 2015, celebrating International Women’s History Month:

On Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 pm, acclaimed living historian Alice Miller will address the question, “Can fashion and military service co-exist?”, as she shows off choice items from the extensive collection of women’s service uniforms she and husband Steve Miller have collected over the years. The presentation, sponsored by The Suburban Times, will be held in the Council Chambers of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW in Lakewood, WA and is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. [Read more…]

‘Beauty & Duty': Fashion In uniform

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On Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 pm, acclaimed military reenactor Alice Miller will address the question, “Can fashion and military service co-exist?”, as she shows off choice items from the extensive collection of women’s service uniforms she and husband Steve Miller have collected over the years. The presentation, sponsored by The Suburban Times, will be held in the Council Chambers of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW in Lakewood, WA and is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. [Read more…]