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On November 24, 1838, Father Francois (or Francis) N. Blanchet and Rev. Modeste Demers arrived at Fort Vancouver, the first Catholic priests to arrive in the future Washington state. They came to spread the word of Catholicism, primarily among Hudson's Bay Company employees and the region's indigenous peoples. Nine years later, on November 27, 1847, Blanchet's younger brother, Augustin, helped to establish St. Anne's Mission on the Umatilla River.
On November 25, 1899, The Seattle Star reported that Wyatt Earp, an "ex-sheriff from Arizona," would be opening a gambling house in what is now Pioneer Square. That he did, much to the consternation of John Considine, who controlled many of the nearby gambling venues and paid off the police to do so. Earp soon moved on to other ventures, but Considine later had troubles involving another lawman.
On November 22, 1947, Chubby & Tubby opened their first surplus shop in Seattle. The stores closed their doors in 2003, much to the dismay of those looking for great bargains and cut-rate Christmas trees. In other holiday history, on November 23, 2001, Santa Claus was on hand to open the doors to the new Library Connection @ Crossroads, the King County Library System's innovative library space in Bellevue's Crossroads Mall.
On November 25, 1948, hundreds of people around Puget Sound stayed home to watch the region's first wide-audience television broadcast -- a high school football match between West Seattle and Wenatchee on KRSC-TV. Less than a year later, Dorothy Stimson Bullitt purchased KRSC-TV for $300,000 (the first sale of a television station in the United States) and renamed it KING-TV.
"I’m not going to flat-out deny its existence. I’m fascinated and would actually love them to exist."
--Jane Goodall, when asked if she believed in Sasquatch
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