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Fred Grow -- Reminiscence of a Bainbridge Island Pioneer (1958)

This is a 1958 interview of Fred Grow, a Bainbridge Island pioneer, by Natalie Rudolf. Fred Grow arrived as a child about 1881, and grew up to become a deputy sheriff and later a Justice of the Peace ...

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Frederick & Nelson Department Store by D. E. Frederick's Great Grandson

This history of the Frederick & Nelson Department Store is by Gordon Padelford, age 13 at this writing (May 2002). Gordon Padelford is the great grandson of the founder of the store, Donald Edward...

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Frederick, Donald Edward (1860-1937), a Biography by his Great Grandson

This biography of Donald Edward Frederick, co-founder of the Frederick & Nelson Department Store, is by Frederick's great grandson, Gordon Padelford. Gordon Padelford is age 13 at this writing (Ma...

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Frederick, Fay (Swick) (1891-1959): a Biography by her Great Grandson

This biography of Fay (Swick) Frederick, wife of the founder of Frederick & Nelson's Department Store, was written by her great grandson, Gordon Padelford. It is an unusual and slightly juicy biog...

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Freeway Protest in Seattle on May 5, 1970: A Policeman's View

From a police officer's vantage point, former UW police officer David Wilma recounts the anti-war protests of May 5, 1970, a response to the United States invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. ...

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Friedrich, Jerzy M. (1920-2011)

Jerzy Friedrich was a Seattle resident who arrived in the Pacific Northwest in 1959. He was born in Lwow, Poland, in 1920, and his life intersected with the ravages and traumas of World War II in Euro...

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From Bust To Boom: How Bartell Drugs Got Its Groove Back

The Bartell Drug Company, the oldest drugstore chain in the United States, has thrived throughout most of its 120-year history, with the exception of several decades spanning the 1950s to the 1970s. T...

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From Kansas to Kitsap County: An 1889 Account by C. A. Mullenix

This is a letter by Cary Allen Mullenix (1827-1889) relating information about his 1889 trip from Fredonia, Kansas, to Seattle and Kitsap County, Washington. The letter was printed in a Kansas newspap...

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Gaelic Football in Seattle

Gaelic football is the summertime focus of the Irish Heritage Society. This is a distinctively Irish sport combining elements of soccer, Australian football, and rugby. Usually played "15-a-side" with...

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Gail Bertsch Chism -- Lowell (Everett) history collector and activist

This People's History was drawn from an interview recorded on June 2, 2012, with Gail Bertsch Chism (b. 1945), a resident of Lowell, Everett's oldest neighborhood. At the time, Chism was helping to pl...

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Garbagemen's Pay: A Reminiscence of 1930s Seattle by Dorothea Nordstrand

This is a reminiscence of the 1930s by Dorothea Nordstrand (1916-2011), who as a young woman worked as a teller at the Green Lake bank. It is a humorous but kindly remembrance of the Fridays when the ...

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Gayton, John Cyrus (1931-2005), African American Leader

John Cyrus Gayton was the oldest son of John Jacob Gayton (1899-1969) and Virginia Clark Gayton, and grandson of John T. Gayton (1866-1954), early Seattle pioneer. He grew up imbued with the sense of ...

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