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Magnesite Mining in Stevens County (1916-1968) by J. E. (Jess) Buchanan

J. E. Buchanan (1904-1986) wrote this account for The Pacific Northwesterner where it appeared in Vol. 25, No. 3 (Summer 1981). It is reprinted here with kind permission. Born in Iowa, Buchanan was br...

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Mainstream or Menace: Confederates and Yankees in the Pacific Northwest, 1861-1865: A Talk by Junius Rochester

Junius Rochester gave this talk on Southerners resident in the Pacific Northwest during the Civil War on March 1, 2008, at the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild Annual Conference, Museum of History a...

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Mashel (sometimes Maxon) Massacre, (March 1856)

The incident known as the Mashel Massacre occurred in late March 1856 on the Mashel prairie just north of the confluence of the Mashel and Nisqually rivers (present-day Pierce County). It was the last...

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Masters, Clarence William "Molly" (1897-1975): A Coal Miner's Life and His Reminiscence of World War I

Clarence Masters, known to everyone as "Molly," was a coal miner who worked in east King County mines for his whole life. As a boy he had lived with his family in Port Blakely, but was made an orphan ...

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May 17, 1858: The Ordeal of the Steptoe Command

Randall A. Johnson (1915-2007) served as Sheriff of Spokane Corral of The Westerners, the group that published The Pacific Northwesterner quarterly magazine for many years. Johnson born in LaCrosse, W...

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McChord Field, McChord Air Force Base, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord: Part 1

McChord Air Force Base, now part of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and located south of Tacoma, started out as a municipal airport serving Pierce County before being taken over by the military in 1938. The ...

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McChord Field, McChord Air Force Base, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord: Part 2

McChord Air Force Base (now part of Joint Base Lewis-McChord), located in Pierce County south of Tacoma, has served airlift and air-defense functions since World War II. Its major role has been airlif...

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Medal of Honor Recipients from Washington, Part 1: Civil War to Early Twentieth Century

In the early 1900s Washington had 20 living Medal of Honor recipients. They had come to the state seeking opportunities or they retired from military service here and stayed. Some became active in loc...

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Medal of Honor Recipients from Washington, Part 3: Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan

Three Washington residents were awarded the Medal of Honor for exceptional valor in the Korean War. During the Vietnam War 12 Washington men of valor received the medal. This included the only Seabee ...

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Memorial Day in Washington State

The tradition of remembering the dead in Washington every May 30 came west along with veterans of the Civil War's Union Army and was named both Memorial Day and Decoration Day. Originally an annual o...

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Military Skiing at Snoqualmie Pass During World War II

World War II halted most skiing in the Northwest, although a few areas remained open and local ski clubs continued their activities as best they could. The Northwest was a major center for the country...

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Mitsules, John (1940-2002), Soldier, Activist, Community Peacemaker

John Mitsules earned the Bronze Star during his Army service in Vietnam, was an influential business leader in Seattle's University District during the turmoil of the 1960s, directed the Seattle Mode...

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