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West Seattle Memories Part 4: Luna Park

This file contains memories of West Seattle's Luna Park taken from oral history interviews conducted in 1999 by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Luna Park, Seattle's "Coney Island of the West...

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West Seattle Memories Part 5: West Seattle Ferry

This file contains recollections of the West Seattle Ferry by West Seattle residents Carroll Mage and George Shephard. They recall the days before the West Seattle Bridge existed -- when the quickest ...

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West Seattle Memories Part 6: Community Spirit

This file contains reminiscences of community life in West Seattle. Ema Albert describes how the neighborhood pulled together to help a young widow during the Great Depression, and Doc Eastly recalls ...

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West Seattle Memories Part 7: Businesses

This file contains a selection of memories and reflections on West Seattle businesses taken from oral history interviews conducted by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Owners and patrons descr...

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West Seattle Memories Part 8: Early Days in West Seattle

This file contains reminiscences of the early days in West Seattle taken from interviews of West Seattle residents done for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society in 1999. In those days summer renta...

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Westport -- The Grays Harbor County Town (around 1912) by Bernice Garner Marsters

This People's History consists of a letter written in June 1958, describing life in Westport during the years following 1912. Westport is located in Grays Harbor County on a peninsula on the Pacific c...

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Who Laid Those Rusty Rails? -- The Rail Line to Black Diamond

A short section of old railroad line, rusty but intact, hidden deep in the woods near Lake Sawyer in Black Diamond in Southeast King County, inspired this People's History contributed by Bill Kombol. ...

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William Bell: Pioneer Recollections, 1878

William Bell (1817-1887) was a member of the Denny party that went ashore at Alki Point on November 13, 1851. The following spring he settled with his wife Sarah Ann Bell (1815-1856) and their four ch...

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William Fetter, E.A.T., and 1960s Computer Graphics Collaborations in Seattle

William Fetter (1928-2002) worked at Boeing in the 1950s and 1960s and invented early computer graphics applications. He also helped found a Seattle chapter of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T...

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Williamson, Joe D. (1909-1994)

Over the course of his lifetime, much of it spent on the water, Joe D. Williamson (1909-1994) documented a wide swath of Northwest history with his camera, yet he did not consider photography his prim...

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Winter Holidays in Seattle, Reminiscences, 1920-1929

This People's History consists of excerpts of interviews recorded in 1984 about childhood experiences of Seattle-area winter holidays in the 1920s. They are taken from oral histories in the collection...

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Wolf, Hazel (1898-2000) on Life at Firland Sanitorium

Seattle activist Hazel Wolf, who embraced a wide variety of social, political, and environmental causes during her 101 years, spent nine months as a patient at Firland Sanitorium for the treatment of ...

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Woodward, Walter (1910-2001)

In this People's History Gerald Elfendahl of Bainbridge Island remembers the Bainbridge Island journalist and defender of human rights Walter C. Woodward Jr. (1910-2001). Woodward was an exemplary jou...

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Working and Living at the Cedar River Watershed, 1916-1929

Randall E. Rydeen's (1906-1998) account of work and life at Cedar Falls was recorded on May 20, 1993 by Marian Arlin. The following is an excerpt from the Oral History Project of the Cedar River Water...

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Working on a Seattle City Light Line Crew, 1949-1973

Walt Sickler (b. 1927) worked for Seattle City Light for 40 years. In 1989, he retired as the Director of Operations, in charge of all the dams, power transmission systems, and shops. His first job wa...

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World War I Era Spiritualism in Seattle

This story, prepared by museum historian Lorraine McConaghy, Ph.D., begins with a Ouija board held in the collection of Seattle's Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). The simple wooden board meas...

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World War II Ends: A Letter Home

This is a letter written on August 10, 1945, by William J. "Bill" Nass (1924-1986), a 21-year-old soldier stationed in Shanghai, China. He wrote this letter home to his parents in Seattle immediately ...

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WTO Chronicles: Nancy Pennington Talks About Turtles

Nancy Pennington (b. 1938) is a Seattle animal rights activist who has twice donned a sea turtle costume to protest the policies of the World Trade Organization -- first during the 1999 WTO conference...

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WTO Protest Photos by Douglas Johnson, Seattle, 1999

Douglas Johnston shares his photographs of the WTO demonstrations from November 28 to December 2, 1999.

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Yesler Mill on Union Bay

In this People's History, Eleanor Boba explores the history of Yesler, an early settlement on the north shore of Union Bay on Seattle's Lake Washington shoreline. The town was platted in 1888 to suppo...

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YMCA: A reflection by Priscilla (Patsy) Collins

Priscilla "Patsy" Bullitt Collins (1920-2003), a member of a prominent Seattle family, was a businesswoman and longtime civic leader whose many interests included the Young Men's Christian Association...

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