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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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Gai's Northwest Bakeries: A Seattle Institution and Baking Powerhouse for More Than 50 Years

For a good part of the last century, Gai's Northwest Bakeries was Seattle's largest bakery, supplying high-end restaurants and fast-food chains alike, and stocking area grocery stores with breads and ...

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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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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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Gio Solimene Ross: The first First Lady of Seattle Opera

Glynn Ross, the founding director of Seattle Opera, was known for putting Seattle on the international opera map. But he did not do so alone. His Italian-born wife, Angelamaria Solimene Ross, known as...

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Giuseppe (Joseph) Cataldo: Pioneer Missionary and the Last of the Black Robes

Father Joseph Cataldo (1837-1928), born Giuseppe Maria Cataldo in Sicily, was a Jesuit missionary who served the Pacific Northwest and its Native American communities for 60 years. He founded or serve...

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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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