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Another reason to visit Harbor Lights. LaMoyne Barcott Hreha managed the Harbor Lights restaurant which was opened by her family in 1958. In addition to doing food she did magic and ventriloquism completing the trifecta of invaluable life skills. Anyone who has their picture taken by a studio photographer with a dummy is fearless in my book.

So I posted this back on September 25, 1913 and in the comments…..

Dave Lisiecki Wow, it gets better: the Northwest Room says LaMoyne and her husband John Hreha “…won the best comedy act award at the 1953 Convention of Pacific Coast Association of Magicians….The “Vanishing Skunk” starred in many of his performances.”

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Barry McColeman passed this Wikipedia link on as more background on these magicians

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This site is about the way history, in this case of a city and it's surrounds, is remembered or recorded in stories and small bits of memory. It's also about the way images and stories go together, how they inform and enrich each other and how we as thinking people fill in the content between a narrative and a visual document. So here is my city in time past, the way it looked and the people and events that create its character. For more than 20 years I have taught a 5 credit course on the History of Tacoma at the University of Washington Tacoma. With an average of 30 or 40 students a year, each doing a research paper as their primary focus for the course, I have benefited from many paths of inquiry and many researched and assembled stories. Here are some of them in the retelling along with the treasures of photographs and images in the collections of the Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma Public Library, University of Washington Digital Archives, Washington State Archives at the Office of the Secretary of State, Library of Congress, Washington State University, Alaska State Library, and many other archives, libraries and private collections.

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  1. There could be a book on our Tacoma area restauranting families – not an easy business. Lamoyne also had her own “Mama Lamoyne’s” restaurant at the top of Old City Hall, late 70’s early 80’s. Fortunately, OCH had escaped (narrowly) demolition 20 years earlier.


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