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Furniture Manufacturing in Tacoma -- Thumbnail History

Furniture manufacturing was a key industry in Tacoma for nearly a century. By the late nineteenth century much of the Pierce County city's economy was built on the lumber industry. The availability of...

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G. O. Guy Drugs

G.O. Guy (1846-1927) opened his first drugstore in Seattle in 1888, but it wasn't his first store -- that came in Chicago in 1874. After his death, his sons Albert (1892-1983) and George (1881-1968) ...

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Gai's Northwest Bakeries: A Seattle Institution and Baking Powerhouse for More Than 50 Years

For a good part of the last century, Gai's Northwest Bakeries was Seattle's largest bakery, supplying high-end restaurants and fast-food chains alike, and stocking area grocery stores with breads and ...

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Gale, Hiram R. (1846-1951)

When he died at the age of 104, Hiram R. Gale was the last Civil War veteran in the Pacific Northwest. Born in Vermont, he joined the Union Army in 1864 and served until after the war ended the next y...

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Gates, William H. (Bill) (b. 1955)

William H. (Bill) Gates was co-founder and CEO of Microsoft Corp. As such, he not only accumulated a fortune -- in 2013 he was the richest person in the world, with a net worth of $72.1 billion -- but...

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Gideon, Russell (1904-1985)

Russell Gideon was a Seattle businessman, a pharmacist, and a pioneer in senior housing who came to Seattle in 1946. He organized the Central Area's Seafair Mardi Gras festivities. From 1977 until his...

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Graham, John Sr. (1873-1955)

Architect John Graham Sr. designed many of Seattle's most significant commercial buildings during the first half of the twentieth century. Many still form the core of the city's historic commercial di...

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Great Depression, 1929-1939

For 10 years beginning in 1929, most of the world experienced the largest economic depression in history. The Great Depression devastated national economies, threw millions out of work, and contribute...

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Great Western Malting Company

Great Western Malting was founded in Vancouver, Washington, shortly after the repeal of Prohibition by a group of Washington and Oregon businessmen, most of whom were brewery owners. Prohibition had s...

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Green, Joshua (1869-1975)

Joshua Green was a ship-owner during Puget Sound's Mosquito Fleet era. He and his partners made significant money during the gold rush to the Klondike (beginning in 1897) by transporting prospectors t...

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Grose, William (1835-1898)

William Grose, a black pioneer, came to Seattle around 1860 and became a successful businessman. He acquired one of the largest land holdings in the city and paid among the most in taxes.

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Growing up in the Brace Lumber Company family (South Lake Union, Seattle)

In this reminiscence, John Brace, great-grandson of Brace and Hergert Mill founder John S. Brace and grandson of Brace Lumber Company cofounder Nick Brace remembers life in the Brace Lumber family and...

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Gwinn, Gardner J. (1888-1959)

Gardner J. Gwinn was a talented and industrious immigrant from Canada who quickly established himself as one of Seattle's most influential home builders and land developers in the early decades of t...

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Haglund, Ivar (1905-1985)

Ivar Haglund, Seattle character, folksinger, and restaurateur was known as "King of the Waterfront," and also "Mayor" and "Patriarch" of the waterfront. He began as a folksinger, and in 1938 establish...

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Handy, Robert John (1901-1984)

Beginning in 1936, Robert J. Handy laid the foundation of Seattle-based PEMCO Financial Services, which does more than $1 billion in business annually. Born in Minnesota in 1901, Handy traveled to Pug...

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Hanson, Ole Thorsteinsson (1874-1940)

Ole Hanson was a man who packed multiple lives into one. He's best known in Washington for his role, as the city's mayor, in ending Seattle's 1919 general strike, but he's also well known for founding...

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Higo Variety Store (Seattle)

The Higo 10 Cent Store (later Higo Variety Store, located in Seattle at 602-608 S Jackson Street) represents one of the few threads linking the bustle of Seattle's Japantown of the 1930s to recent eff...

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Hillman, Clarence Dayton (1870-1935)

For almost 20 years beginning in 1896, Clarence Hillman was one of the most prominent businessmen and real estate developers in Seattle. His aggressive and even fraudulent sales of vacant land laid ou...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Menache Israel Recalls Businesses on the Central Waterfront in the 1940s and 1950s

Menache Israel (b. 1922), whose father, Isaac Israel, owned Butler Dye Works at 1st Avenue and James Street, and who later owned Central Office Supply at 2nd Avenue and James Street, spent his whole c...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Teresa Woo-Murray Talks About Her Great-great-grandfather, Chun Ching Hock, Seattle's First Chinese Immigrant and One of Its First Entrepreneurs

Teresa Woo-Murray is an artist and the great-great-granddaughter of Chun Ching Hock (1844-1927), Seattle's first Chinese immigrant, and she has done extensive research into his life and businesses. Wo...

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History Day award winner -- Howard Schultz, Waking Up the World: The Story of Starbucks by Julie Xia

Julie Xia, a student at the Explorer Middle School, located in Everett and part of the Mukilteo School District, won first place in the Junior Division, Historical Paper Category, of the 2009 North Pu...

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Hitt's Fireworks factory explosion (Rainier Valley, 1921): John D. Parker Remembers

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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Hitt's Fireworks: Lighting Up the Skies from Columbia City (Seattle)

For more than 50 years, some of the world's most spectacular fireworks came from a collection of sheds on a hill in Columbia City, home to a pharmaceutical chemist with a genius for pyrotechnics, a ta...

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Hollywood Farm (Woodinville)

Seattle timber-baron brothers Frederick Spencer Stimson (1868-1921) and Charles Douglas "C. D." Stimson (1857-1929) acquired a rural parcel at Derby, near Woodinville, for use as a country retreat and...

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