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Axtell, Frances (1866-1953)

Frances Axtell of Bellingham was one of the first two women elected to serve in the Washington state legislature, serving between 1913 and 1915. She promoted minimum wage and public safety legislation...

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Ayer, Elizabeth (1897-1987)

Elizabeth Ayer, the first woman to graduate from the University of Washington's architecture program, helped fashion the residential architecture of many Seattle neighborhoods in the middle of the twe...

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Badgro, Morris (1902-1998)

Morris "Red" Badgro was a versatile athlete who grew up in the now-gone small town of Orillia in South King County, achieved multi-sport stardom at the University of Southern California (USC), briefly...

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Bagley, Daniel (1818-1905) and Clarence B. Bagley (1843-1932)

Daniel Bagley was a Methodist preacher who traveled west in covered wagons with his family in 1852 as part of the Bethel Party. He and his wife Susannah Whipple Bagley (1819-1913) and son Clarence Bag...

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Bain, William James Jr. (1930-2019)

William J. Bain Jr. led design on projects of the Seattle-based firm NBBJ (formerly Naramore Bain Brady and Johanson) over several decades and in locations throughout Washington and the world. Early p...

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Bain, William James Sr. (1896-1985)

William Bain Sr. was a founding principal of NBBJ (named for Naramore, Bain, Brady, and Johansen), later one of the world’s largest architecture firms. His career included the design of an ...

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Barber, Jean Bartell (b. 1953)

Jean Bartell Barber currently (2013) serves as vice chairman and treasurer of the Bartell Drug Company, which was founded in 1890 by her grandfather George Bartell Sr. (1868-1956). She spent the early...

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Barnett, Jacqueline (b. 1934)

Jacqueline Barnett is a prolific painter and printmaker based in Seattle. Her work has been featured in numerous group, thematic, and solo exhibitions since her move to the Pacific Northwest in 1985. ...

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Barnett, Powell S. (1883-1971)

Powell S. Barnett, a Seattle musician, baseball player, and community leader, was the organizer and first president of the Leschi Community Council. He was a leader in organizing the East Madison YMCA...

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Barr, Roberta Byrd (1919-1993)

Roberta Byrd Barr was an African American educator, civil rights leader, actor, librarian, and television personality. She was born in Tacoma and lived for much of her life in Seattle. She was a talen...

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Bartell, George David (b. 1951)

George D. Bartell is the third Bartell to manage the Bartell Drug Company, which was founded in 1890 by his grandfather, George Bartell Sr. (1868-1956). He first began meaningful work for the company ...

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Bartell, George Henry (1868-1956)

George Bartell started his pharmacy career as a teenager while living in Kansas. He relocated to Seattle in the summer of 1887, and in 1890 opened his first drugstore in the city. He took a breather i...

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Bartell, George Henry Jr. (1916-2009)

George Bartell Jr. assumed the presidency of the Seattle-based Bartell Drug Company in 1939, but maintained the status quo until his father, George Bartell Sr. (1868-1956), passed away in 1956. Faced ...

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Barton, Kearney (1931-2012)

Seattle's Kearney Barton was the man whose audio engineering work can be credited with forging the powerful aural esthetic that became widely known as the "original Northwest Sound." Numerous musician...

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Baseler, Theodor "Ted" (b. 1954)

Ted Baseler (b. 1954) grew up in Bellevue, graduated from Washington State University (WSU), and studied journalism at Northwestern University in Illinois. From there he worked at a series of advertis...

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Bass, Robert A. (1926-2002)

Robert A. Bass was one of Washington state's first African American school principals. He was an advocate for diversity and equal educational opportunity in the school district. He and his twin brothe...

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Bassetti, Fred (1917-2013)

The architecture and advocacy of Seattle-based architect Fred Bassetti have had a profound influence in the shaping of Seattle's skyline and Northwest urban communities, and on the professional and ci...

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Bauer, Eddie (1899-1986)

Eddie Bauer, inventor of the down parka, made his name synonymous with high-quality outdoor clothing and sporting goods. An avid outdoorsman, Bauer opened a small sporting goods store in downtown Seat...

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Bauer, Wolf G. (1912-2016)

It was his night, April 9, 2010, and Wolf Bauer looked every bit the star of the show. The Mountaineers club was honoring him as a "Living Legend." At age 98, he was short but straight and steady, his...

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Beachey, Lincoln (1887-1915)

Lincoln Beachey was one of the most famed aviators of his day. In the summer and fall of 1905 he made a series of thrilling balloon flights at Portland's "Lewis and Clark Centennial and American Pacif...

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Bean, Monte Lafayette (1899-1982)

Monte Bean was a Seattle entrepreneur who is probably most widely known for his creation of the drugstore chain Pay'n Save. It became a pharmacy leader in the Northwest in the 1960s and enjoyed its to...

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Beck, Dave (1894-1993)

Dave Beck was a key leader of the Teamster's Union on the West Coast for some 40 years, from the late 1920s to the early 1960s. He moved to Seattle at age 4 and began his career as a child delivering ...

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Beckey, Fred (1923-2017)

Fabled Pacific Northwest mountaineer Fred Beckey (1923-2017) was a virtual unknown to the general public thanks to his eccentric, lone-wolf lifestyle and reticence to engage in self-promotion. Bu...

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Bell, William Nathaniel (1817-1887)

William Nathaniel Bell and his wife Sarah Ann (Peter) Bell (1819-1856) were members of the Denny Party that arrived on Alki (present-day West Seattle) on the schooner Exact in 1851. The Bells helped t...

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