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Bartell Drug Company

George Bartell Sr. (1868-1956) opened his first drugstore in 1890 in Seattle, and grew his business from a small fledgling enterprise to a thriving chain of pharmacies that by the 1920s were scattered...

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Bartell Drugs: A Slideshow

From small beginnings as a single drug store on Seattle's Jackson Street in 1890, Bartell Drugs has grown to 58 stores serving the Puget Sound region in 2011. Its longevity has earned the company the ...

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Bartell, George David (b. 1951)

George D. Bartell is the third Bartell to manage the Bartell Drug Company, which was founded in 1890 by his grandfather, George Bartell Sr. (1868-1956). He first began meaningful work for the company ...

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Bartell, George Henry (1868-1956)

George Bartell started his pharmacy career as a teenager while living in Kansas. He relocated to Seattle in the summer of 1887, and in 1890 opened his first drugstore in the city. He took a breather i...

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Bartell, George Henry Jr. (1916-2009)

George Bartell Jr. assumed the presidency of the Seattle-based Bartell Drug Company in 1939, but maintained the status quo until his father, George Bartell Sr. (1868-1956), passed away in 1956. Faced ...

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Barton, Kearney (1931-2012): The Man Who Engineered the Northwest Sound

Seattle's Kearney Barton was the man whose audio engineering work can be credited with forging the powerful aural esthetic that became widely known as the "original Northwest Sound." Numerous musician...

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Bass, Robert A. (1926-2002)

Robert A. Bass was one of Washington state's first African American school principals. He was an advocate for diversity and equal educational opportunity in the school district. He and his twin brothe...

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Bassetti, Fred (1917-2013)

The architecture and advocacy of Seattle-based architect Fred Bassetti have had a profound influence in the shaping of Seattle's skyline and Northwest urban communities, and on the professional and ci...

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Battle Ground -- Thumbnail History

The city of Battle Ground lies near the geographical center of Clark County, 16 miles northeast of Vancouver. The city is sheltered by the Cascades to the east and the Coast Range to the west, and the...

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Battling Union Busters with Gary Ewing (1942-2000)

Gary Ewing (1942-2000) died on October 5, 2000, one week past his 58th birthday. This extraordinary, courageous, funny man was a passionate champion of working people and a loyal friend of many. Gary ...

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Bauer, Eddie (1899-1986)

Eddie Bauer, inventor of the down parka, made his name synonymous with high-quality outdoor clothing and sporting goods. An avid outdoorsman, Bauer opened a small sporting goods store in downtown Seat...

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Bauer, Wolf G. (1912-2016)

It was his night, April 9, 2010, and Wolf Bauer looked every bit the star of the show. The Mountaineers club was honoring him as a "Living Legend." At age 98, he was short but straight and steady, his...

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Bayne: A King County Coal Mining Town

Bayne was one of the many coal mining towns that flourished in eastern King County in the early years of the twentieth century and have since largely vanished. Very little of the town, located along t...

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Beachey, Lincoln (1887-1915), Aviator

Lincoln Beachey was one of the most famed aviators of his day. In the summer and fall of 1905 he made a series of thrilling balloon flights at Portland's "Lewis and Clark Centennial and American Pacif...

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Beacon Hill Branch, The Seattle Public Library

The Beacon Hill Branch, The Seattle Public Library, is located on Seattle's Beacon Hill at 2821 Beacon Avenue S in a building financed by the 1998 "Libraries for All" bond issue. The branch opened in ...

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Bean, Monte Lafayette (1899-1982)

Monte Bean was a Seattle entrepreneur who is probably most widely known for his creation of the drugstore chain Pay'n Save. It became a pharmacy leader in the Northwest in the 1960s and enjoyed its to...

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Beaux Arts Village -- Thumbnail History

Beaux Arts Village (King County) is a tiny rectangle of a town on the Eastside of Lake Washington, surrounded by its far bigger neighbor, Bellevue. In 1909 it got its start with plans to become an art...

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Beaver Lake on the Sammamish Plateau

In the early twentieth century, loggers cleared the area around Beaver Lake on the Sammamish Plateau. Settlers soon discovered the recreational possibilities for the lake. Resorts thrived on Beaver L...

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Beaver, SS, First Steamship in Pacific Northwest

The first steamship to operate in the eastern Pacific Ocean was the HMS Beaver, a stout little craft commissioned by the Hudson's Bay Company. She saw continuous service from 1835 until July 26, 1888,...

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Bebb & Mendel Architecture Firm (1901-1914)

The architectural firm of Charles Herbert Bebb (1856-1942) and Louis Leonard Mendel (1867-1940) was, from the turn of the century until 1914, the most prominent practice in Seattle.

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Beck, Dave (1894-1993), Labor Leader

Dave Beck was a key leader of the Teamster's Union on the West Coast for some 40 years, from the late 1920s to the early 1960s. He moved to Seattle at age 4 and began his career as a child delivering ...

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Beckey, Fred (1923-2017)

Fabled Pacific Northwest mountaineer Fred Beckey was -- partially due to his eccentric lone-wolf lifestyle and reticence to engage in self-promotion -- a virtual unknown to to the general public. But ...

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Beezer Brothers Architecture Firm (1907-1923)

The Beezer Brothers (1908-1923 in Seattle), a firm headed by twins Louis Beezer (1869-1929) and Michael J. Beezer (1869-1933), was a Seattle architectural firm with many commissions across Washington ...

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Beginnings of the Columbia Basin Reclamation Project: A Reminiscence by W. Gale Matthews

In early 1952, W. Gale Matthews -- a resident of Grant County since 1890 and, at the time of this account, President of the Grant County Title Abstract Company -- provided his memories of the beginnin...

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