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Lusty Lady: A Seattle Panoram

The Lusty Lady, a "panoram," or peepshow, was a remnant of Seattle's bawdy past, an overly lipsticked cousin in a gentrifying family. The pawn shops, tattoo parlors, and strip clubs that were once its...

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Lynch, Marjorie Ward (1920-1977)

Marjorie Lynch served 10 years in the Washington State House of Representatives, from 1961 to 1971, representing the 14th Legislative District in Yakima County. Born in England, Lynch came to the Unit...

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Mabel Monsey: Chronicles of a Farm Wife (Lake Stevens, 1891-1903)

Mabel Monsey, who as a young woman homesteaded a claim near Lake Stevens in Snohomish County with her husband and children, chronicled their pioneer experiences during their 13 years in the area in a ...

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MacDonald, Betty (1907-1958)

The first book written by Betty MacDonald, The Egg and I, rocketed to the top of the national bestseller list in 1945. Translations followed in more than 30 languages, and the book was made into a ser...

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MacDonald, Betty, and Mary Bard: A Slideshow Tour of their King County Homes

The sisters Betty MacDonald (1907-1958) and Mary Bard Jensen (1904-1970), both writers, grew up in Seattle. Betty MacDonald authored the international bestseller, The Egg and I, among others, and Mary...

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Madison, Helene (1913-1970)

Between 1930 and 1932, Seattle swimmer Helene Madison owned 23 world records for swimming and won every freestyle event at the U.S. Women’s Nationals three years in a row. Madison w...

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Maley, Anna Agnes (1872-1918)

Writer, editor and lecturer, Anna Agnes Maley arrived in Everett, Washington in September 1911 to edit The Commonwealth, the official publication of the Washington State Socialist Party. In 1912 she ...

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Managing at Seattle City Light, 1973-1989: an Interview with Walt Sickler

When Walt Sickler (b. 1927) was promoted from line crew foreman to Supervisor of Overhead Construction at Seattle City Light, he brought to the utility's management his knowledge of field operations a...

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Mann, Dorothy, Ph.D.

Dorothy Holland Mann, a public health expert, consumer advocate, and civic activist, arrived in Seattle in 1979 as Regional Health Administrator for Region X (Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Oregon) of the...

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Marchioro, Karen Byus (1933-2007)

Karen Marchioro was a mover and shaker in the Washington State Democratic Party for more than four decades from the early 1970s to her death from an extended bout with cancer in 2007. She was, accordi...

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Marilyn Ward recalls the campaign to reform Washington's abortion law.

Marilyn Ward (1929-2012), a volunteer lobbyist for a wide range of liberal social issues in the 1960s and 1970s, was an early member of the Citizens' Abortion Study Group, later renamed Washington Cit...

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Martha Washington School

From 1900 to 1971, the Martha Washington School for Girls provided resident supervision for delinquent girls, first on Queen Anne Hill, then on Mercer Island, and finally on property at Brighton Beach...

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