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Parsons, Reginald (1873-1955)

For much of the first half of the twentieth century, the name Reginald Parsons was readily associated with civic leadership and philanthropy not only in his adopted home town of Seattle, but also in o...

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PCC Community Markets

Puget Consumers Co-op (PCC), now called PCC Community Markets, started in 1953 as a food club in a Seattle basement. Since its early days, its primary focus has been on supplying consumers with natura...

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PEMCO Financial Services

Seattle-based PEMCO Financial Services is a family of companies and enterprises, not a single corporation, encompassing Evergreen Bank, PEMCO Insurance, and PEMCO Corporation, and associated with the ...

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Petosa Accordion Company

The Petosa Accordion Company, started in 1922 by Carlo Petosa (1892-1959) in Seattle, is the only U.S.-owned-and-operated accordion manufacturer. Carlo Petosa built a reputation for crafting his instr...

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Pharmacy in Washington: A History

Pharmacy in the state of Washington has evolved considerably since its early days in the nineteenth century. From small community pharmacies that sold pharmacist-compounded prescriptions derived prima...

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Pharmacy in Washington: The Retail Business

Retail pharmacy has grown during Washington's history from small (and occasionally haphazard) operations, sometimes run out of grocery stores or doctor's offices, into a sophisticated industry handlin...

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Pigott, Paul (1900-1961)

Paul Pigott was president of Pacific Car and Foundry Company from 1934 until his death in 1961, rebuilding the Seattle company from a "pile of rust" with 125 employees to one of the top 300 industrial...

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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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Pizza in Seattle: A Slice of History

Seattle has long been home to a vibrant Italian American community. The city's Rainier Valley neighborhood, where many Italian American homes and businesses coalesced, was fondly (or, conversely, with...

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Poll, Stanford: A Remembrance by Walt Crowley

Doting husband and father, generous benefactor of many community charities, astute but scrupulously honest businessman, loyal almost to a fault, keenly alert to life's ironies and absurdities, and alw...

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Port of Tacoma -- A Slideshow

The Port of Tacoma is a publicly owned and managed port district established by Pierce County voters in 1918. Today it is a leading container port, serving as a "Pacific Gateway" for trade between Asi...

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Port of Tacoma -- Thumbnail History, Part 1

The Port of Tacoma is a public municipal corporation governed by five elected Port Commissioners. Pierce County voters created the Port in 1918 after the 1911 state legislature authorized publicly own...

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Port of Tacoma -- Thumbnail History, Part 2

The Port of Tacoma is a publicly owned and managed port district established by Pierce County voters in 1918. Today it is a leading container port, serving as a "Pacific Gateway" for trade between Asi...

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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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Prohibition: Booze Routes to Spokane

During Prohibition, which began in Washington state on January 1, 1916, and ended in 1933, Spokane was a major center for receiving and distributing contraband liquor. Prohibition in the area spawned ...

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Puget Sound Gardening with Charles Malmo

This note on the luscious Seattle nurseries of Charles Malmo is based on the extensive collection of photographs, newspaper clippings, and catalogs on Malmo's firm found in the library of Seattle's Mu...

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Puget Sound's Cod Schooners

Between 1891 and 1950, sailing schooners based in Seattle, Poulsbo, and Anacortes fished cod in the Bering Sea and Alaskan waters. Famous vessels included the Lizzie Colby, Joseph Russ, C S Holmes, Ch...

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Rainier Beer -- Seattle's Iconic Brewery

The Rainier Brewing Company traced its historic roots back to the very beginnings of commercial beer-making in Washington Territory's pre-statehood years. The century-long saga of Seattle brewing enco...

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Remembering H. K. Dent by Russ Banham

This remembrance of SAFECO founder H. K. Dent (1880-1958) was written by the well-published author Russ Banham. It is presented by SAFECO.

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Remembering SAFECOBy Russ Banham

This history and reflection on SAFECO was written by the well-published author Russ Banham and is presented by SAFECO.

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Riach Honda Building (Seattle)

The Riach Honda Building was located at 1017 Olive Way on the southwest corner of Olive Way and Boren Avenue in downtown Seattle. For more than a century, the location was connected to the automotive ...

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Roche Harbor Lime Works (San Juan Island)

Limestone quarrying and lime processing began at Roche Harbor, located on the north end of San Juan Island in San Juan County, in the early 1880s. Under the leadership of John S. McMillin (1855-1936),...

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Rockey, Jay (1928-2018)

Jay Rockey was the director of public relations for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) and the founder of Jay Rockey Public Relations, later The Rockey Company, which became the lea...

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Rogers, Nat (1898-1990)

Through hard work, dedication, and (to some degree) an interest in bridge, Nat Rogers (1898-1990) founded and helped grow Van Rogers & Waters, Inc. (now Univar USA) into North America's largest chemic...

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