The Union Club’s was built in 1888, the long and lustrous history means a lot of thing have happened here over the years. I went back through our scrapbooks and searched the Tacoma Public Library’s images to find a few of the things that happened in June over the years. I hope you enjoy finding out a bit more of the Union Club’s history!
In our scrap books I found that the Union club hosted numerous balls, stag parties, and celebrated local graduating seniors.
In the Tacoma Libraries collection I found the items below.
Tacoma Public Library, 15786
University-Union Club was celebrating their Ninth Anniversary, in 1939 the Union Club and University Club merged their organizations together and became the University-Union Club. University-Union Club officers and trustees are in charge of organizing the event. The event will include a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing, all club members are invited to attend. View of club members enjoying their formal dance (T.N.T., 6/5/48, p. 5).
Tacoma Public Library, 1719
Dinner honoring Nancy Hewitt at University Union Club on June 26, 1939. Party was probably in honor of her upcoming marriage on June 28, 1939.
Tacoma Public Library, 14602
Birthday party at Union-University Club. Mrs. Charles Eckstrom. Eleven girls gathered for Carolyn Eckstrom’s 10th birthday: L-R, seated; Suzanne Baker, Eileen Eckstrom (floor), Carolyn Eckstrom, Mary Rowland, Patty Reed, Margaret Graham (floor); standing; Joan Hansen, Anne Rowland, Joanne Treichel (arm of sofa), Patty Lynam and Elizabeth McAllister (seated in arm chair). (T.Times, 6/21/1947, p.12)
Tacoma Public Library, 12069
Mr. Pirrett. The Tacoma Chamber of Commerce officials invited local business men to participate in the Pacific Northwest Advisory Board. This board would meet on a monthly basis with Governor Langlie. View of nine Tacoma business men, James E. Morris, Vice President of Weyerhauser Sales Co., is in the back row second from left. Photo ordered by Mr. Harrold R. Pirret, Sales Manager at Sperry Flour Co.
Tacoma Public Library, 7425
Union Club and University Club charter members hang a new charter over the 1888 fireplace for the merger of the two clubs into the University Union Club. L. to r: Dr. Charles McCreery, Dr. William McCreery, Melville Pugh, John S. Baker, and GeorgeP. Fishburne. (T. Times, 6/71939, p. 20).
Tacoma Public Library, 7432
On June 9, 1939, the unidentified University-Union Club doorman opened the automobile door for E. F. Cardin, Jr. and Lorain Cousins, in formal attire, to enter the Club under the canvas-covered awning. The doorman’s elegant white uniform added glamour to the evening event, attended by 500 guests, celebrating the clubs’ merger. By 1938, the Union Club had been located in the elegant building at 539 Broadway for 50 years. In 1939, a decision was reached by the Union Club and the University Club to merge into one, the University-Union Club, at this location. The membership for the joint club was full at 450 members. Mr. Cardin was a trustee for the new organization. (T. Times 6/7/1939, pg. 11; 6/3/1939, pg. 5- articles only)