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Seattle's First Christmas

Christmas of 1851 found a great change at New York Alki, the place of the very beginning of our city of Seattle. Only six short weeks had passed since the Arthur Denny party had made their historic la...

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Seattle's First Female Officers on the Beat

This essay by Adam C. Eisenberg on Seattle's first female patrol officers hired and trained to be cops on the beat equal to men (nine women hired in 1976), originally appeared in the Seattle Post-Inte...

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Seattle's Loyal Heights Elementary School: a Reminiscence of the 1930s

Former Seattle resident John M. Leggett offers this account of attending Seattle's Loyal Heights Elementary School in the 1930s.

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Seattle's Municipal Ski Park at Snoqualmie Summit (1934-1940)

In the winter of 1934, Seattle made national news when its Board of Park Commissioners opened one of the first municipal ski areas in the country at the old Milwaukee Railroad stop of Laconia at Snoqu...

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Seattle's Potlatch Bug (1912)

This essay on Seattle's Potlatch, the Ad Club, and Seattle's Potlatch Bug is based on materials found in the library of Seattle's Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). It was prepared by MOHAI his...

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Second Lieutenant Glenn W. Goodrich, Killed in Action, July 18, 1944

Colleen G. Armstrong of Des Moines, Washington, contributes this account of the death of her brother, Ellensburg High School graduate Second Lieutenant Glenn W. Goodrich, in France in 1944, and how he...

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Selling Hotdogs at a Seattle Rainiers Game: A Baseball Reminiscence (1941)

William J. "Bill" Nass (1924-1986) was born to German immigrant parents, Julius and Margaret Nass, and grew up with a love of baseball and near Sicks' Stadium. While attending high school Bill had a p...

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September 27, 1938: A Day Like No Other by Dorothea Nordstrand

This reminiscence by the then-bank teller Dorothea Pfister (later Nordstrand) (1916-2011) recounts the events of a rather alarming day at the Green Lake State Bank, located in the Green Lake neighborh...

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Shelton, William (1868-1938): Autobiography (1914)

William Shelton (1868-1938), cultural leader of the Tulalip Tribes, spent much of his life attempting to bridge the divide between regional Indians and whites through traditional storytelling and art....

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Sicks' Stadium (Seattle) in the 1930s: a Reminiscence

In this account, Sally Flood remembers the games at Seattle's Sicks' Stadium in the late 1930s.

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Sicks' Stadium: The Other Days of Summer by William J. Nass

William J. "Bill" Nass (1924-1986) grew up with a love of baseball near Seattle's Sicks' Stadium. He wrote this baseball reminiscence in 1981 after the demolition of the stadium. Bill Nass lived in Wa...

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Siting the Hanford Engineering Works: I was there, Leslie!

Louis Chesnut served in the Federal Land Bank system for 35 years, 10 years as vice president. This is his recollection of his involvement in the selection of the Hanford site for the development of t...

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