Karpeles Manuscript Library Director Tom Jutilla discovered something amiss when he arrived at work on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The big, heavy bronze plaque bearing the library’s name had apparently been stolen from its pedestal. Valued at approximately $4,000, the plaque had been in place for 25 years at the library across from Wright Park. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call (253) 798-4721.
It was just last year around this time that a dispute over two cannons at the library resulted in one of them being seized by American Legion Post No. 2. The legion claimed it was the rightful owner of the cannons, as they were in place when the legion sold the building to the Karpeles family. A Pierce County Superior Court judge ruled that the cannons were to stay on Karpeles property, and the one missing cannon was returned.