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Jacobs, Frank (1881-1979)

A pioneer in the field of photojournalism, Frank Jacobs covered events big and small throughout the Pacific Northwest, but specialized in transportation disasters such as ship and train wrecks. Althou...

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Jerden Records (1960-1969): When the Seattle Music Biz Got Serious

History will always remember Jerden Records as the Seattle company that foisted the Kingsmen and their infamous "Louie Louie" on the world back in 1963. But there is much more to the saga behind the f...

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Jing Chuan Ling remembers her father's Chinese apothecary in Tacoma's Japantown neighborhood and the disappearance of her Japanese playmates and neighbors in the 1942 incarceration

Given Tacoma's expulsion of Chinese immigrants in 1885 and the resulting lack of a Chinatown in the city, it's perhaps surprising to find the existence of a Chinese apothecary in the Columbus Hotel in...

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Joe Desimone: From Produce Farmer to Owner of Seattle's Pike Place Market

Giuseppe "Joe" Desimone, an immigrant from Naples, settled in Seattle's South Park neighborhood, where he made some money farming and more money investing in real estate. Like many immigrant farmers f...

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John D. Parker recalls the 1921 explosion of the Hitt's Fireworks factory in the Rainier Valley.

In 1999, 90-year old John Parker of Port Ludlow penned this account of the 1921 explosion of the Hitt's Fireworks factory in the Rainier Valley. One woman working at the plant was killed.

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K2 Corporation (K2 Sports) -- a History

This history of the Vashon Island firm K2, manufacturer of fiberglass skis, and later of snowboards and in-line skates, was submitted by Andy Luhn, marketing director of the firm. Company founder Bill...

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Key Rexall Drugs (Kent) / Key Compounding Pharmacy (Federal Way)

George Alexander Ballasiotes (b. 1931) opened Key Rexall Drugs in 1963 at 23422 Pacific Highway S in the Midway area of Kent in King County south of Seattle. In the 37 years before he retired, Ballasi...

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King County Landmarks: Crawford Store (1922), Shoreline

Address: 2411 NW 195th Place, Shoreline. The Crawford Store is the last intact retail building in the historic Richmond Beach business district. John Holloway, an early resident of Richmond Beach, bui...

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King County Landmarks: Harrington-Beall Greenhouse Company Historic District (ca. 1885-1989), Vashon, Vashon Island

Address: 18515-18606 Beall Road SW, Vashon, Vashon Island. This 23-acre district, located several miles southeast of Vashon's business center, is significant for its association with the development a...

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King County Landmarks: Vashon Hardware Store (1890), Vashon Center, Vashon Island

Address: 17601 99th Avenue SW, Vashon Center, Vashon Island. Located on a prominent corner at the main intersection in Vashon Center, the hardware store has served Vashon residents for many years. Con...

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Lake Forest Park -- 1912 Promotional Brochure

This is the complete text of a promotional brochure written in 1912 by real estate developer Ole Hanson (1874-1940). The brochure extols the wondrous virtues of living in idyllic Lake Forest Park, loc...

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Lake Hills Roller Rink: Rockin' Roller Skating at the Crossroads

Roller-skating fun came to Bellevue's Crossroads area in 1962 at Howard and Ida Monta's Lake Hills Roller Rink. In 1963 they experimented with having teen dances at the rink, and thus began a rock 'n'...

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