My Pacific Northwest

Railroad Avenue, Tacoma Eastern R.R., near Elbe, Wash.

Date: c. 1908


June 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Helga and Clara Estby begin walking from Mica Creek, Spokane County, to New York City on May 6, 1896.


On May 6, 1896, 36-year-old suffragist Helga Estby (1860-1942)  and her 18-year-old daughter Clara (1877-1950) begin an unescorted trek from their home in Mica Creek to New York City. Their walk is a publicity wager that they expect will bring them $10,000 and save their family farm from foreclosure.

Following the railroad tracks east, they will walk between 25 to 35 miles a day on a seven-month trip across 1890s America. They will cross mountains, battle severe storms, survive bitter cold and heat waves, encounter hobos and highwaymen, a mountain lion, and rattlesnakes.

Along the way they will meet famous politicians, Native Americans, journalists, and suffragists, collecting autographs of many notables.  Helga and Clara will keep a trip journal that they hope to publish.  Surviving the trip of 4,600 miles, they will reach New York on December 23, 1896, . . .


You can read about their amazing journey, HERE:


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Sonny Sixkiller

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‘Downtown’ Freddie Brown

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Zorn and Largent


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Ken Griffey Jr.

Via: Seattle PI

Griffey in the uniform of the Class A Bellingham Mariners, with which he started his professional career.
Photo: Seattle Post-Intelligencer / SL

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Postcard: ‘Broadway, Tacoma, Washington’

Via: Tacoma Public Library

And printed on the back, it reads:

“Metropolitan Tacoma, ideally located on the shores of beautiful Puget Sound with it’s 2,000 miles of forrest border waterways comprising a delightful vacation land, is known as ‘Forest Products Capital of America”


And hand-written on the back, references the Roxy, it reads:

“1947 – Ghost and Mrs Muir”


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Congressman Marion Zioncheck (December 1, 1901 ~ August 7, 1936)

Via: wikipedia

Marion Anthony Zioncheck (December 5, 1901 – August 7, 1936), an American politician, served as a member of the United States House  ofRepresentatives from 1933 until his death in 1936. He represented Washington’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat.

Zioncheck was born in Kęty, Poland, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and arrived in Seattle, Washington with his parents four years later. He attended the University of Washington where in 1927 he became president of the student government (ASUW ). He also earned a law degree from the University of Washington while making a name for himself as a left-wing leader in the Democratic Party and the Washington Commonwealth Federation, which supported his election to Congress in the 1932 election.

As a U.S. Representative, Zioncheck was known mostly for ardently championing Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal policies.

But his tireless work in behalf of the New Deal often was overshadowed by his many personal escapades, which included dancing in fountains and driving on the White House lawn.

Beset by the press and by critics of Roosevelt’s policies, Zioncheck became depressed and hinted that he might not seek reelection to a third term in 1936.

In his diary entry for April 30, 1936, Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes recounted how Zioncheck had asked him to officiate in a marriage with his fiancee, Miss Nix. Ickes demurred, saying that he had no authority to do so. Ickes was aware of Zioncheck’s reputation and simply did not want to get involved.

Ultimately, Zioncheck went to Annapolis, Maryland for the marriage. On August 1, Zioncheck’s friend and ally, King County Prosecutor Warren G. Magnuson, took him at his word and filed to run for Zioncheck’s seat.



‘Congressman Zioncheck commits suicide on Augus 8, 1936’

On August 8, 1936, U.S. Representative Marion Zioncheck (age 35) leaps to his death from his 5th-floor office in the Arctic Club building in downtown Seattle.

The suicide of the two-term Congressman opens his 1st District seat to a bid by King County Prosecutor Warren G. Magnuson (1905-1989), who is elected the following November.


June 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Fruit Crate Art

Via: “Always Something Interesting”

This fruit crate label was used on Surety Apples, c. 1910s:

“Surety Apples. ‘From Tree to Trade.’ Sundquist Fruit & Cold Storage, Yakima, Washington. Contents One U.S. Bushel By Volume. Produce of U.S.A.”

Crate labels were a frequent means of marketing fruit and vegetable packer brands at the turn of the century.


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