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Torrance, Roscoe "Torchy" (1899-1990)

Roscoe Conkling Torrance, known as Torchy, was a Seattle printer and civic booster. Among his numerous civic causes he was best known as an unflagging sports fan, a tireless booster of the University ...

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Tourism in the San Juan Islands, Part 1

The San Juan Islands, an archipelago located in Salish Sea waters between Washington and Vancouver Island, B.C., have always held a strong attraction for visitors. From the first peoples who inhabited...

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Tourism in the San Juan Islands, Part 2

From the earliest settlement of the San Juan Islands, visitors traveled to the enchanting archipelago in the far Pacific Northwest Salish Sea to fish and hunt; explore rocky coasts and inland forests;...

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Trager Manufacturing Company / Trager USA

The roots of Trager USA in Monroe, Snohomish County, trace back to Lloyd F. Nelson (1894?-1986) of Bremerton, Kitsap County. Nelson was working in Alaska in 1920 when he decided to enjoy a hike into t...

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Transportation and Communication in Seattle in 1900

Imagine life without telephones or email; without automobiles, motorboats or airplanes; without floating bridges or paved roads over the Cascades. So it was in 1900. Seattle boasted some of the nation...

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United Parcel Service (UPS)

United Parcel Service (UPS), the international package delivery company, grew out of a messenger service established in Seattle in 1907 by an enterprising 19-year-old named James E. "Jim" Casey and hi...

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United Way: Jim Douglas Remembers its Beginnings

In this People's History, Jim Douglas (1909-2005), the first chairman of Seattle's United Way, remembers the early challenges of organizing this charitable foundation which has served the area for alm...

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University District Museum Without Walls Oral History: Frederick Hart (Co-owner, La Tienda Folk Art Gallery)

Frederick Hart is co-owner of La Tienda Folk Art Gallery, an import shop that was located for many years in Seattle's University District. This is a transcript of an oral history that Hart gave in an ...

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University District Museum Without Walls Oral History: Leslie Grace (Founder, La Tienda Folk Art Gallery)

Leslie Grace founded La Tienda Folk Art Gallery in Seattle's University District in 1962. She is the daughter of attorney Cal McCune, late "Godfather" of the District, who wrote From Romance to Riot. ...

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University District Museum Without Walls Oral History: Lynn Huff (Safeco employee, 1955-1991)

Lynn Huff is a longtime resident of Seattle's University District who worked for Safeco for 36 years. In this oral history transcript he describes growing up in the University District and his career ...

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University District Museum Without Walls Oral History: Stephen Herold (author and historian, former owner of the Id Bookstore)

This is a transcript of an oral history by Stephen Herold. He is the former owner of the Id Bookstore, an anarchist bookstore in Seattle's University District during the late 1960s and early 1970s, an...

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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 Mutual (WaMu)

Washington Mutual sprang into existence in Seattle in 1889 as a two-person operation and eventually became the largest savings-and-loan in the nation. It began as Washington National Building Loan and...

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Washington Water Power/Avista

The Washington Water Power Company, now Avista, has been the main power utility for Spokane and much of eastern Washington since its incorporation in 1889. Washington Water Power (WWP) was founded by ...

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West Seattle Memories Part 7: Businesses

This file contains a selection of memories and reflections on West Seattle businesses taken from oral history interviews conducted by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Owners and patrons descr...

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West, Thomas L., Architect (Knapp & West)

Little has been recorded about the architectural firm of Knapp & West, whose principals, Thomas L. West and Jacob Knapp, were both Seattle residents. The firm existed, apparently, from 1905 to 190...

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Weyerhaeuser Company

Weyerhaeuser is the world's largest producer of lumber. The firm arrived in the Pacific Northwest when Frederick Weyerhaeuser (1834-1914) and his partners purchased 900,000 acres of forest land in Wes...

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Wheat Farming in Washington

Wheat has been cultivated in Washington since the 1820s and remains the most important agricultural product in much of eastern Washington -- and among the state's top five crops. It was first grown in...

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White, Glenn Dresie (1933-2014)

Glenn White -- like his father before him -- possessed a knack for deducing the mysteries of electricity and the material sciences. And advanced schooling allowed the polymath son to pursue an incredi...

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White, John S. (1845-1920)

In February 1884, missing the cold snap that closed the Snohomish River to steam navigation, carpenter John S. White and his family arrived in Snohomish, a small settlement on the river a dozen miles ...

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Williams, W. Walter (1894-1983)

W. Walter Williams led the Seattle-based Continental Mortgage for nearly half a century, guiding the business from modest beginnings in the University District to its ranking as one of the top mortgag...

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Williams, Walter B. (1921-2006)

Walter B. Williams, son of W. Walter Williams (1894-1983), not only assumed leadership of Seattle's Continental Mortgage from his father, continuing to grow and strengthen the firm through the 1990s, ...

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Wilson, T. A. (1921-1999)

T. A. Wilson, known to many simply as "T," was a small-town boy from the Midwest who eventually became president and CEO of The Boeing Company in Seattle. Although his tenure at the company's helm beg...

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Wood, William D. (1858-1917)

William D. Wood, an attorney, land speculator, electric trolley line president, and Seattle mayor, was a conspicuous figure in the business and political life of Seattle for more than a quarter centur...

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