By Nancy Covert
LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Patrol cars, U.S. mail delivery vans, bright red fire engines…all familiar sights to Lakewood residents. Oh, and don’t forget the bulky Lakewood Refuse trucks.
Charlie Maxwell, long-time General Manager of the familiar Lakewood business, on Feb. 19, recapped the history of this essential business and his 40-year friendship with the late Pierce County entrepreneur Harold LeMay, the man whose name is associated with many enterprises, especially his fabulous car collection.
Maxwell’s presentation, attended by a large number of LHS members and friends, included snapshots of LeMay’s history, some of his famous cars, a recap about the LeMay’s annual end-of-August car show, and the history of Marymount Academy in Spanaway that is now the LeMay Event Center—and also the setting this past July for Lakewood Historical Society “Tacoma Speedway Centennial,” as well as humorous anecdotes about Harold’s famous car collecting expeditions to Hershey, PA.