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Helfgott, Anna (1899-1996)

Anna Helfgott was a vigorous activist for progressive causes and a leader in Seattle's Gray Panthers. In her working years she was a dressmaker and fitter, and was an early member of the International...

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Hill, James Jerome (1838-1916)

Joel E. Ferris, a Spokane banker, wrote this article on the life of the railroad entrepreneur James J. Hill for the Winter 1959 edition of The Pacific Northwesterner. It is here edited by David Wilma ...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Bettie Luke Recalls Marches Commemorating Anniversaries of 1886 Chinese Expulsion

Bettie Luke (b. 1942) helped Ben Woo (1923-2008) organize a march in 1986 to mark the centennial of the 1886 expulsion of Chinese residents from Seattle and led the effort to commemorate the 125th ann...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Dennis Frair Recalls Mooring at the Washington Street Boat Landing on Seattle's Waterfront

Dennis Frair is a facilities manager for Samis Foundation in Pioneer Square. A lifelong fisherman, he frequently moored his boat at the public Washington Street Boat Landing in the 1970s. Frair was in...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Marie Wong Discusses Her Research on Seattle's SRO Hotels and the Men and Women Who Lived in Them

Marie Wong is an associate professor at Seattle University's Institute of Public Service, sits on the board of InterIm Community Development Corporation, and is public-information advisor to the Kong ...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Max Chan Recalls Her Work with Migrant Workers, Immigrants, and Residents of Seattle's SRO Hotels

Maxine "Max" Chan (b. 1955) is a food anthropologist and a community activist who has researched the evolution of Chinese cuisine in the Pacific Northwest. She has also worked in social services in th...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Menache Israel Recalls Businesses on the Central Waterfront in the 1940s and 1950s

Menache Israel (b. 1922), whose father, Isaac Israel, owned Butler Dye Works at 1st Avenue and James Street, and who later owned Central Office Supply at 2nd Avenue and James Street, spent his whole c...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Mike Omura Discusses His Experiences on the Seattle Waterfront

Mike Omura (b. 1948) is a Seattle architect whose personal and professional lives have involved the Seattle waterfront. He traveled from Japan to Seattle in about 1958 on the Hikawa Maru, a Nippon Yus...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Norie Sato Recalls Working in Her Pioneer Square Studio

Norie Sato (b. 1949) is a Seattle artist who worked in a Pioneer Square studio for several decades beginning in the 1970s. The proximity to and views of Elliott Bay played a role in her creative proce...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Teresa Woo-Murray Talks About Her Great-great-grandfather, Chun Ching Hock, Seattle's First Chinese Immigrant and One of Its First Entrepreneurs

Teresa Woo-Murray is an artist and the great-great-granddaughter of Chun Ching Hock (1844-1927), Seattle's first Chinese immigrant, and she has done extensive research into his life and businesses. Wo...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Tony Chinn Discusses His Experiences on the Seattle Waterfront

Tony Chinn (b. 1947), who grew up in the Chinatown-International District neighborhood, was interviewed in April 2015 as part of a project HistoryLink did in partnership with Historic South Downtown t...

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History Day award winner -- Bainbridge Island: A Close-Knit Community's Tragedy and Triumph by Jack Hanley

Jack Hanley, a Junior at Seattle Prep, won first place in the Senior Division of the 2007 History Day competition with this essay on Bainbridge Island's Japanese American internment.

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