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Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

The Industrial Workers of the World, or IWW, was founded in 1905 in Chicago, and by 1908 had become influential among migrant laborers in the Pacific Northwest. Members were dubbed "Wobblies" and soon...

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Irish Clubs: The Early Years

When the nieces of Bridget Aylward arrived in Seattle, there was already a fledgling Irish club here, then called the American Association for Recognition of the Irish Republic. (Bridget Aylward retir...

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Irish Dancing

This People's History was contributed by John Keene, president of the Irish Heritage Society. Besides playing Gaelic football, Irish dancing had been one way that people born in Ireland could pass on ...

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Irish Heritage Club

By 1982, the Irish-American Club, Irish Festivities, and the Seattle Gaels were all going strong, but many times their activities clashed. Because of the cross-membership, there was much duplication o...

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Irish Renaissance in Seattle

Until a few years ago, the numbers of young Irish-born people annually migrating to Seattle had increased substantially, attracted by its hip reputation and lifestyle as well as the employment opportu...

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Japanese Farming

Most early Japanese immigrants to the Pacific Northwest came to work in the labor-intensive industries of timber, railroad construction, fish processing, and agriculture. As they became more settled t...

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John Williamon's Sordid Story

Melody Barker shares her great grandfather John Williamon's slightly scandalous story.

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Jolly Entertainers: The Draper Children's Home Band (King County)

In 1907 Herman M. Draper (1858-1927) and his wife, Annie Draper (1860-1927), founded a privately run orphanage, the Children's Industrial Home and Training School -- initially in Seattle's Ballard nei...

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King County Landmarks: Black Diamond Cemetery

Address: Cemetery Hill Road, Black Diamond. This community cemetery was established in the 1880s on a hilltop site at the edge of the thriving mining town of Black Diamond, then the biggest settlement...

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King County Landmarks: Fall City Masonic Hall (1895), Fall City

Address: 33700 SE 43rd Street, Fall City. The Masonic Hall, which stands in the heart of Fall City, has been a focus of community life for more than 100 years. The large, two-story wood frame lodge ri...

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King County Landmarks: Marjesira Inn (1906), Magnolia Beach, Vashon Island

Address: 25134 Vashon Highway SW, Magnolia Beach, Vashon Island. Ira and Jessie Case began building the Marjesira Inn in 1906 on a steep bluff overlooking Quartermaster Harbor in the Vashon summer com...

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King County Landmarks: Oddfellows/Eagles Hall (1895), Carnation

Address: 3940 Tolt Avenue, Carnation. The original Oddfellows (later Eagles) Hall, built by I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 148, has been an integral part of community life in Carnation since its construction in 1...

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King County Landmarks: Skykomish Masonic Hall (1924), Skykomish

Address: 108 Old Cascade Highway, Skykomish. The Masonic Hall in Skykomish is a two and one-half story wood frame building, built facing the historic highway route through town. Construction of the ...

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Kline Galland Center

The Caroline Kline Galland Home, located in the Seward Park neighborhood of southeast Seattle, is a skilled nursing home for Jewish seniors. For more than 90 years Seattle's Jewish community has ralli...

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Knitting for Victory -- World War I

During World War I Americans of all ages were asked by the United States government to knit wool socks, sweaters, and other garments to warm American soldiers at home and abroad. Most of this knitting...

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Lasting Friendship: a Reminiscence of Margaret (Bavin) Medley by Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand

This reminiscence of an old friendship was written by Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011). Both she and her friend, Margaret (Bavin) Medley (1915-2006), were graduates of Seattle's Roosevelt Hig...

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Law and Lawyers in Seattle's History

When humans began creating laws for each other to follow, the legal profession was born. As the number of people increased and life became more complex, the number of both laws and lawyers multiplied....

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Letourneau, Mary Kay (1962-2020)

Mary Kay Letourneau, at one time a respected elementary school teacher in Burien, became a convicted sex offender whose illicit relationship with a student has repelled and fascinated people around th...

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Life in Seattle and Environs in the 1930s, 1940s and beyond -- as told by Margaret Reed

This People's History is an interview with Margaret Reed conducted by Jyl Leininger on April 7, 1999, in Seattle, Washington. Margaret Reed describes herself as an every-day individual. "Believe me, I...

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Madrona Memories, Part 1

This people's history recalls life and society in Seattle's Madrona neighborhood in the 1960s and 1970s. The main author is Carol Richman, and this segment also includes reflections by Mary Kenny and ...

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Madrona Memories, Part 2 -- Civil Rights and Civil Unrest

This people's history recalls recalls the civil rights movement and civil unrest in Seattle's Madrona neighborhood in the 1960s and 1970s. The main author is Carol Richman, and this segment also inclu...

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Matthews, Reverend Mark (1867-1940)

If one person in the history of Seattle reflects the significant way in which religion infused itself into the social and political life of the city, it would be the Reverend Mark Matthews. Matthews ...

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Maxey, Carl (1924-1997)

Carl Maxey was Spokane's first prominent black attorney and an influential and controversial civil-rights leader. He was born in 1924 in Tacoma and raised as an orphan in Spokane. He overcame an almos...

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McNeil Island and the Federal Penitentiary, 1841-1981

McNeil Island, located in southern Puget Sound, was named in 1841 by Lt. Charles Wilkes of the United States Exploring Expedition in honor of William Henry McNeill. McNeill (the name, but not the isla...

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