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Finding Cherry Grove by Hunter Brown

Hunter Brown (1992-2017) wrote this account of locating and then traveling to the site of Cherry Grove, Illinois. Cherry Grove was the town the Denny/Boren family left behind in April 1851 when they s...

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Finding William Hamilton: A Transatlantic Detective Story

Michael Atkins relays the story of William Hamilton, an Irishman who came to Seattle in 1909. One of Hamilton's grand nieces in Ireland posted a query on a usenet group on the internet. Intrigued, Atk...

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First Woman Crane Operator at the Port of Seattle

In 1980, a year after graduating from the University of Washington, Kevin Catherine Castle was in the first group of women to join International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Seattle Local 19, ...

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Fish Story: Memories of the Cedar River

Homer Venishnick, born in Renton, Washington in 1926, comes from a long line of fishermen whose livelihoods have hinged on the ebb and flow of local rivers. Today he lives in a house he built 50 years...

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Flour Milling in Washington -- A Brief History

There have been nearly 160 flour mills in the state of Washington. In 1870 there were 22,573 in the United States. Why were there so many mills, and where did they all go? Why should we be interested?...

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Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley (1890-1964)

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was a Socialist activist in the Spokane Free Speech fight that began in October 1909. The free speech movement was an action by members of the Industrial Workers of the World (I...

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Follow the Bouncing Ballot: A Seismograph of Washington Politics, 1851-2005

This timeline of Washington's volcanic politics was prepared by HistoryLink.org for The Seattle Times and published in its Sunday Opinion Section on October 30, 2005.

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For the Monorail: A 1997 Op-Ed by Walt Crowley

This op-ed piece was written by Walt Crowley after the passage, on November 4, 1997, of Initiative 41, a Seattle initiative that called for an expanded monorail. It appeared in the Seattle Post-Intell...

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Former German POW Günter Gräwe Visits Fort Lewis 73 Years Later to Say Thanks

In this People's History, HistoryLink Executive Director Marie McCaffrey recalls her role in the October 3, 2017, return visit by Günter Gräwe, a German prisoner of war during World War II, ...

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Fortescue, Anna Clark (1888-1985)

Anna Clark Fortescue was an early resident of the Inglewood community, in what is today the northern part of the city of Sammamish (King County). Her parents arrived in Inglewood in 1906, and in 1908 ...

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Frank Chesley: A Newsie Remembers Seattle Years at the P-I, 1969-1975

In this People's History, Frank Chesley (1929-2010) recalls his six years working for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as a TV columnist. From 2003 until his retirement in 2009, Frank was a staff histor...

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Frank Fitts: An episode in his life that led him to be a dedicated Public Power Advocate

Frank Fitts (1884-1967) grew up in Seattle at the turn of the twentieth century. He was a founder of the Phinney Ridge Improvement Association which worked to extend electrical service in Seattle's No...

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