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Dorothea Nordstrand Remembers a 1920 Seattle Streetcar Accident and Hard Times

In this People's History, Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011) recalls the time her father, riding from the Green Lake neighborhood to downtown Seattle to look for work on January 5, 1920, was in...

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Dorothea Nordstrand Remembers a School Play on Green Lake (Seattle), in the 1920s

In this reminiscence, Green Lake resident Dorothea Nordstrand (1916-2011) remembers playing Indians in a play based on Longfellow's "Hiawatha" performed by the pupils of Green Lake Elementary School i...

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Dorothea Nordstrand Remembers Daddy's Way With Words

Part 1 of this reminiscence was originally published in North Seattle Press. In it Greenlake resident Dorothea Nordstrand (1916-2011) recalls the exciting occasion when her father first took her salmo...

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Dorothea Nordstrand Remembers Her Beautiful Christmas Doll

In this reminiscence, Dorothea Nordstrand (1916-2011) tells the story of the beautiful doll, Grace, which became hers on the Christmas morning of 1922. She was nearly 6 years old. In 2009 Dorothea Nor...

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Dorothea Nordstrand Remembers Her Family's Move From Tiger to Seattle in 1919

In this People's History essay, Dorothea Nordstrand (1916-2011 )remembers her family's move in 1919 to Seattle from the family homestead in Tiger, Washington. Dorothea has lived in Seattle since then....

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Dorothea Nordstrand Remembers Ice Skating on Green Lake in 1930

In this reminiscence, Dorothea Nordstrand (1916-2011) recalls the winter of 1930 when Green Lake froze over. The freeze became the occasion for a carnival of bonfires, skaters, waltz music, and the su...

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Dorothea Nordstrand Remembers School Days on Green Lake (Seattle) in the 1920s

In this reminiscence, Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011) recalls school days in the 1920s in the marshy land of Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood. In 2009 Dorothea Nordstrand was awarded AKCHO'...

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Dorothea Nordstrand Remembers the Coming of Interstate 5

In this People's History, Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011), resident of Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood, remembers the neighborhood before and after Interstate 5 cut through it during the 1...

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Dorothea Nordstrand Remembers the Do-It-Yourself Kindergarten at Green Lake, 1959

In this People's History, Dorothea Nordstrand (1916-2011) relates the history of a kindergarten started by Moms in 1959, after the Seattle School System cut the kindergarten program. Dorothea (Pfister...

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Dorothea Nordstrand remembers the Lauth Family

In this People's History, Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011) remembers family visits from Seattle to a family lot in Suquamish, Kitsap County, and the friendship that grew up between the Pfiste...

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Dorothea Nordstrand Remembers Thornton Creek (Seattle) in the 1930s

Thornton Creek rose somewhere near Meridian (near Seattle's Green Lake), meandered through some very black, boggy wetland, thence along or maybe under, what is now the South parking lot of Northgate M...

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Dorothea Nordstrand Tells of Games and Friendships in the 1920s

In this People's History Dorothea Nordstrand (1916-2011) describes the daily life of her family after her father (Joseph Pfister, 1883-1947) was severely injured in a streetcar accident that occurred ...

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