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Pellegrini, Angelo (1903-1991)

Angelo Pellegrini, born into a sharecropper's family in rural Italy, went on to become one of America's favorite writers on the pleasures of food, wine, and community. After his family immigrated to G...

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Pike Place Market: A Seattle Reminiscence by Dorothea Nordstrand

In this People's History, Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011) remembers her visits with her mother to Seattle's Pike Place Market. The time was around 1920. Her mother was Mary Annie (Gierhofer)...

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Pike Place Market (Seattle) -- Thumbnail History

Seattle's Pike Place Market, with its familiar neon-lit clock and brass pig, is a renowned landmark, attracting millions of tourists and locals every year. Although its historic, cultural, and social ...

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Potato Farming in Washington

Potatoes have been grown in Washington longer than any other current major crop, reaching the region by at least the 1790s and becoming widely cultivated by Northwest Indian tribes decades before non-...

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Prunarians (Vancouver, Washington, 1920s)

This piece on the Prunarians, a group of civic-minded Vancouver businessmen active in the 1920s, was written by Bill Alley. During the 1920s, Clark County, Washington, was the prune capital of the wor...

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Quincy -- Thumbnail History

Quincy is a city in Grant County near the heart of Central Washington in a region sometimes known as the Big Bend Country. It is about 10 miles north of I-90, seven miles east of the Columbia River, a...

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Sammamish Plateau: Sweens Poultry Farm

In 1914, C. J. Sween (1878-1972) established a 20-acre poultry farm on the Sammamish Plateau in King County, in what is today (2007) the city of Sammamish. He expanded the farm and by 1940 had 300 acr...

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San Juan County at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909

Conceived as a showcase for the Pacific Northwest and northern Pacific Rim countries, the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exposition in Seattle became one of the most celebrated regional events of t...

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San Juan Island Rabbit Tales

For several decades in the middle of the twentieth century, San Juan Island was virtually overrun with rabbits. A population of several thousand domestic rabbits released in 1934 from a failed breedin...

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Sauer, Mike (b. 1947)

The visionary behind Washington's esteemed Red Willow Vineyard is Mike Sauer (b. 1947), a farmboy from Toppenish who studied agricultural economics at Washington State University. After marrying fello...

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Seattle Waterfront History Interviews: Valerie Segrest, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Valerie Segrest is a nutritionist and food sovereignty advocate. An enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, she's also co-founder of Tahoma Peak Solutions, working to organize tribal communit...

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Sheep Farming in Washington

In the nearly two centuries since sheep were first brought to Washington, sheep farmers have been rocked by financial panics, the Great Depression, soaring labor costs, foreign competition, catastroph...

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Sheep Raising in Eastern Washington: A Reminiscence by Milan DeRuwe

This People's History interview of Milan DeRuwe (1917-2006) on the sheep business in Eastern Washington was reprinted from The Pacific Northwesterner, Vol. 45, No. 2 (October 2002), from an issue titl...

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Simon, Kay (b. 1953) and Clay Mackey (b. 1949)

The dynamic married team of Kay Simon and Clay Mackey founded Chinook Wines in the Yakima Valley. Both grew up in California, Simon on a small farm where her father made a bit of wine, and Mackey on a...

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Smallman-Shannahan Legacy: Putting a Face on a Snohomish County Farm Family

Schoolteacher Blanche Shannahan, granddaughter of Snohomish County pioneer Robert Smallman, left a written account of life on the Smallman-Shannahan farm located at Tualco near Monroe, a farm owned an...

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Smith, Henry A. (1830-1915)

Henry A. Smith, M.D. was a Seattle physician who developed property on the west slope of the neighborhood of Queen Anne, part of which bears the name Smith Cove. Named after him as well are Smith Stre...

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Snipes, Ben, Northwest Cattle King: A Talk by Roscoe Sheller

Roscoe Sheller of Sunnyside gave this talk about Yakima and Ellensburg pioneer Ben Snipes (1835-1906) to an April 1958 meeting of the Spokane Westerners. The talk was published in the Fall 1959 issue ...

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Snohomish County's Heritage Farms

Decades before there was a city of Everett, Snohomish County pioneers began farming the lowlands of the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, and Stillaguamish river valleys. Trees were abundant for harvesting and w...

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Stuart, Elbridge A. (1856-1944)

Elbridge A. Stuart created the firm that became the Carnation [evaporated milk] Company in 1899 in Kent, Washington. Carnation became one of the world's largest milk-product companies. In 1910, Stuart...

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Tieton -- Thumbnail History

The name Tieton derives from Taitnapam, the name of a local Indian tribe, and was chosen for the town in Yakima County by the U.S. Postal Service in 1909. Located on the north fork of Cowiche Creek --...

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Tightwad Hill (Seattle)

Tightwad Hill is a celebrated part of Seattle baseball lore. Situated in the Rainier Valley on a rise east of Rainier Avenue and just north of McClellan Street, the hillside was owned for decades by f...

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Vitamilk Dairy, the Beginnings: A Memory by Dorothea Nordstrand

This reminiscence was written by Dorothea Nordstrand (1916-2011), who as a young woman worked as a teller at the Green Lake State Bank, located in Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood. In it she remember...

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Washington State Farm Bureau

Since 1920, the Washington State Farm Bureau (WSFB) has served as a political voice for Washington state farmers, bringing local and county issues to the attention of state and federal legislators. Th...

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Washington State Grange

The Washington State Grange was founded on September 10, 1889, at the Pioneer Store in La Camas (now Camas), Clark County, spurred in part by objections to the proposed state constitution that had jus...

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