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History Day award winner -- House UnAmerican Activities Committee: The Case of George Starkovich by Elliott Allen

Elliott Allen, of Shorecrest High School, won a special HistoryLink award in the 2006 North Puget Sound History Day competition with this account of his grandfather George Starkovich's persecution by ...

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Hodde, Charles William (1906-1999)

Charles W. Hodde left his parents' home in Missouri in 1927 and landed in Colville, Stevens County, the following year, where he found work on a dairy farm. After a short stint in Alberta, he leased t...

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Housebuilding in Seattle: A History

Housebuilding in Seattle and the surrounding region has progressed from the communal longhouses of Native Americans through the log cabins of the first settlers to simple, balloon-framed houses. Wood ...

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Huntley, Elmer C. (1915-1994)

Elmer Huntley was a Republican legislator from Whitman County, serving first in the House and later in the Senate for 14 of the 16 years between 1957 and 1973. He also served as chairman of the state ...

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Hurley, Margaret (1909-2015)

Margaret Hurley, a teacher, mother, and elected official, represented the 3rd District in Spokane in the Washington State Legislature for 32 years. She was first elected to the House of Representative...

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Hurn, Reba (1881-1967)

Spokane lawyer Reba (Rebecca Jane) Hurn was the first woman elected to the Washington State Senate, serving from 1923 to 1930. Before launching her legal and political careers, she pursued graduate w...

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Idaho: When It Was Part of Washington

For a time in the mid-nineteenth century, the future state of Idaho was part of Washington. When Washington Territory was created in 1853, its boundaries encompassed Idaho's Panhandle, the northern re...

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Inslee, Jay (b. 1951)

Jay Inslee is the 23rd governor of Washington State. He was born in Seattle and went to Ingraham High School, where he was an honor student and standout athlete, and where he met his future wife. He e...

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Jackson, Henry M. "Scoop" (1912-1983)

Henry M. (Scoop) Jackson was one of the most successful and powerful politicians in the history of Washington state. Jackson was born and died in Everett, Snohomish County, the rough-edged industrial ...

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John Spellman: King County Politics in the Sixties, Seventies and Beyond

The long career of John Spellman (1926-2018) in local and state politics began in 1967 when he was elected a King County Commissioner. His term overlapped the controversial Forward Thrust capital impr...

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Kauffman, Claudia (b. 1959)

Claudia Kauffman was the first woman Native American elected to the Washington State Senate. She was raised in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle where her mother, Josephine, championed American ...

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Kenney, Phyllis Gutierrez (b. 1936)

Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney, a child of migrant workers, served eight terms in the Washington State House of Representatives. Her parents came to America in 1919 from Mexico, and from the age of 5 Kenney...

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Kerr, Alice U. (1858-1949)

Alice U. Kerr was elected mayor of Edmonds in December 1924, one of the first women mayors in Washington. She served a single two-year term (1925-1927) occupied with issues of a small, growing city, ...

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King County Agricultural Production Districts

King County's five Agricultural Production Districts (APDs), first designated in the county's 1985 Comprehensive Plan, represent a continuation of efforts to preserve rapidly diminishing agricultural ...

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King County Commissioners

King County Commissioners were in charge of King County's affairs from 1853, when the federal Organic Act gave the Territorial legislature the power to create county governments, until 1969, when the ...

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King County Councilmembers, 1969-present

On November 5, 1968, voters approved King County's Home Rule Charter. It replaced the three-member County Commission (then John Spellman, Ed Munro, and John O'Brien) with a nine-member County Council ...

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King County Farmland Preservation Program

King County's Farmland Preservation Program protects farmland and open space in the rapidly developing county by using tax money to buy development rights on farms. It is one of the oldest such progra...

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King County Landmarks: County-City Building - King County Courthouse (1916), Seattle

Address: 3rd Avenue and James Street, Seattle. The King County Courthouse is a dignified example of early twentieth-century civic architecture in the Beaux-Arts style. In 1931, 10 stories were added ...

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King County Landmarks: Works Progress Administration (WPA) Fieldhouses (1938-40), Des Moines, Enumclaw, North Bend, Preston, White Center

Addresses: Des Moines -- S 219th Street and 11th Avenue S; Enumclaw -- Enumclaw Chinook Pass Road; North Bend -- 40 SE Orchard Drive; Preston -- 8625 310th Avenue SE; White Center -- 1321 102nd Street...

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King County Library System, Part 1

The King County Library System (KCLS) operates libraries in communities throughout King County (outside Seattle), a variety of mobile outreach services, a library within the King County Youth Services...

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King County Library System, Part 2

As King County's population boomed at the start of the twenty-first century, the King County Library System (KCLS) made plans to expand. In 2004, voters approved a $172 million bond measure, allowing ...

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King County Office of Equity and Social Justice

King County's Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) Initiative was made public by then-County Executive Ron Sims (b. 1948) in February 2008. Citing sobering examples of the effects of inequality, Sims direc...

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King County Parks

King County's parks and recreation division was created in 1938, and initially oversaw the development of 150 acres of small parks and playgrounds. Since then it has grown to encompass 26,000 acres of...

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Kramer, A. Ludlow "Lud" (1932-2004)

A. Ludlow "Lud" Kramer became the youngest Secretary of State in Washington history when elected in 1964 at age 32. He was re-elected in 1968 and in 1972. A moderate Republican, he championed the righ...

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