The Outlaws

Little is known about the “The Outlaws” a 1924 Tacoma women’s basketball team with great skills and very cool shoes. They were all students at Lincoln High School but played their own independent games against local teams like the “Holy Terrors” who they beat 20 to 14 on January 22, 1924. From L-R are: Edrice Davis, Grace Moore, Edith Churchman, Myrtle Upton, Mildred Hintze, Doris Krell and Bobby Krell. The picture was made by Marvin Boland on January 11, 1924, a changing time for young women in the Pacific Northwest with short haircuts, drivers licences , the vote and team names like Outlaw.

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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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