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Gayton, Thomas (Tomas) L. (b. 1945)

Thomas (Tomas) L. Gayton was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, the grandson of black pioneers John T. Gayton and Magnolia (Scott) Gayton. Tomas began writing verse soon after graduating with a J...

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George Benson: Seattle's Favorite Unpolitician

This appreciation was written by Walt Crowley in 2003 while assisting George Benson in organizing and publishing a memoir for his family. A popular Capitol Hill druggist, brass band musician, and five...

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George Washington Sutherland: A Young Man Goes West

Spokane historian Jerome Peltier interviewed pioneer George Washington Sutherland (1854-1949) in the 1940s, and in 1989 prepared this account for The Pacific Northwesterner. It describes Sutherland&ac...

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Gerber, Anne (1910-2005): A Life in Art

Anne Gerber (1910-2005) was a lifelong supporter of contemporary, cutting-edge art in Seattle. She and her husband Sid Gerber (d. 1965) were collectors both of modern art and of Native American art. T...

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Glenn Hughes: a Recollection by his son Glenn (Chip) Hughes Jr.

This is a recollection of Glenn Hughes by his son, Glenn "Chip" Hughes Jr. Glenn Hughes was author of A History of the American Theater, 1700-1950, and other works, and founded the University of Washi...

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Go West Young Man: Great Grandpa Charles McDowell

This People's History was contributed by Diana Schafer Ford. It is about the migration to the West of her great grandfather Charles McDowell in the 1880s.

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God Dies: An Essay by Frances Farmer

Film star Frances Farmer (1913-1970) was a senior at West Seattle High School in April 1931 when she gained her first taste of national notoriety, with this award-winning essay, titled "God Dies." The...

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"Good Things Grow From Horse Manure": A Speech to the Seattle Rotary Club by Sam Mitsui

Sam Mitsui gave this speech to the Rotary Club of Seattle at the 5th Avenue Theatre on November 9, 2005. Mitsui is a member of the Nisei Veterans Committee of Seattle, Washington. His speech begins, "...

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Gordon Clinton, Mayor of Seattle 1956-1964

On March 30, 2004, HistoryLink Executive Director Walt Crowley (1947-2007) interviewed Gordon Clinton (1920-2011), who served as Seattle's mayor from 1956 to 1964. This was during a pivotal period in ...

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Grace Holden: Living with a Legend

The following account was excerpted from an interview with Oscale Grace Holden (b. 1930), the daughter of Oscar Holden (1886-1969), who was, according to Paul DeBarros in Jackson Street After Hours: T...

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Great White Fleet Visits Seattle in 1908: A 12-year-old's Account

In this letter to her grandmother, 12-year-old Helen Muhl (later Reichert, 1895-1988) describes her view of the festivities surrounding the May 1908 visit of the Great White Fleet to Seattle. The flee...

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Green Lake Theater: A Seattle Reminiscence by Dorothea Nordstrand

This reminiscence of Seattle's Green Lake Theater was written by Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011). Her family moved to the Green Lake neighborhood around 1919. In 2009 Dorothea Nordstrand was...

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